2016 curbside yard waste collection begins March 14

Photo courtesy of the city of Dearborn. Soon front lawns will blossom with springtime blooms and fresh green grass. Dearborn’s curbside compost collection program begins on March 14 for the convenience of residents who want to get started on their yard work.

Photo courtesy of the city of Dearborn. Soon front lawns will blossom with springtime blooms and fresh green grass. Dearborn’s curbside compost collection program begins on March 14 for the convenience of residents who want to get started on their yard work.

DEARBORN – Dearborn’s 2016 curbside yard waste program is set to kick off March 14 and last through Dec. 9.

Beginning the week of March 14, residents can put yard waste in properly marked containers at the curb on their trash collection day.

Residents are reminded to place the yard waste materials in the proper containers at least three feet away from their trash cart and recycling cart. Yard waste cannot be placed in the street.

Acceptable containers include yard waste paper bags or a resident’s own 20- to 32-gallon container clearly marked with a yard waste sticker. Stickers are available for free at Dearborn Public Libraries and at the Dearborn Administrative Center, 16901 Michigan Ave.

Yard waste placed in plastic bags or cardboard boxes will not be picked up.

This nine-month service provides residents the opportunity to get a jump on spring cleanup and dispose of materials left over from the fall.

Yard waste includes grass clippings, weeds, leaves, shrubs and brush trimmings.

Before placing yard waste into containers, dirt needs to be removed from the roots and root balls need to be removed from shrubs. Brush and shrubs must be less than 3 inches in diameter, be 4 feet or less in length, tied with a heavy cord or rope, and weigh no more than 35 pounds.

Fruit, vegetables or animal droppings cannot be mixed with yard waste.  Sod and dirt are not yard waste and will not be collected.

To arrange for a special pickup of unbundled or improperly bundled brush, or for more information, call the Sanitation Division at 313-943-2433.

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