New policy provides quicker resolution for trash and bulk items requiring special pickup

DEARBORN – The city will implement an accelerated process to deal with violations of bulk trash rules and excessive trash set at the curb, starting this week.

Residents are asked to follow the rules for setting out trash and other materials to keep neighborhoods attractive. The accelerated timeline for addressing violations is designed to prevent problems in residential areas.

Violations of bulk trash rules or setting out too much trash could cost the homeowner a minimum $75. No fee will be assessed if homeowners address the issue themselves the same day.

The new policy states when the city contractors cannot complete trash collection at a house because of a rule violation, they will leave a notice to explain why.

Materials remaining at the curb after collection day will be considered discarded, abandoned and subject to abatement by the city without further notice.

By midnight of the trash day, residents of that house must remove the items that were left uncollected at the curb. They can remove the items themselves, or they may call the city at 313-943-2433 for a special pickup.  A minimum fee of $55 will apply for a special pickup.

A special pickup can be requested for excessive trash, recycling, yard waste or bulk items.

However, if a City Neighborhood Services inspector finds the materials still at the curb the following day, and the homeowner has not called for a special pickup, the city will collect the items and, without further notice, will assess a minimum fee of $75 to the household in violation.

Residents may also take items not collected at the curb to the DPW Yard the third Saturday of every month for free disposal.  The yard, 2951 Greenfield, is open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Extraordinarily large move-outs, excessive construction debris, or other items may not be eligible for city special pick-ups. Private contractors are responsible for hauling away their own debris. Private roll-off trash receptacles and disposal service may be required at the homeowner’s expense.

Properly containing and setting out waste material ensures neighborhoods are kept safe and clean. Failure to follow city codes for waste disposal will result in sanitation collection notices of violation and, if not remediated, fines.