Put leaves in paper yard waste bags, proper containers for curbside pickup every week
DEARBORN – As leaves begin falling in large numbers, Dearborn residents can take advantage of ways the city offers to dispose of them.
The main method is for residents to put their leaves in proper paper yard waste bags or approved 20- to 32-gallon containers labeled as yard waste. The containers or paper bags should be put on the easement by 7 a.m. for pickup each week on residents’ trash day. That way, they will be collected each week.
And, using this method, residents do not need to remember a schedule for loose leaf collection. The collection of bagged leaves ends when curbside yard waste collection ends Dec. 2.
Leaves in plastic bags or in cardboard boxes will not be picked up.
Alternative method: loose leaf collection Oct. 24 to Dec. 2
Collection of loose leaves that are raked into the street is scheduled to begin the week of Oct. 24 and end the week of Nov. 28, with the last pick up on Dec. 2. Weather conditions may alter that timeline.
Leaves raked into the street are not picked up every week.
Crews aim for two pickups during the season in every neighborhood.
Leaves picked up on non-recycling weeks, but not every time
Leaves that are raked in the street are picked up on a neighborhood’s trash collection day during the non-recycling week.
There will not be a loose leaf pickup on every street every time a neighborhood is on a non-recycling week.
Leaves in the street might be picked up only twice in every neighborhood during the season.
Schedule the week of Oct. 24 starts with Recycling Week ‘B’ districts
On Oct. 24, crews will be in neighborhoods with Monday trash collection and a “B” week recycling schedule. They might not finish the whole section that day. The schedule will continue Tuesday through Friday.
Schedule the week of Oct. 31 covers Recycling Week ‘A’ districts
The week beginning Oct. 31 will be the first pickup for trash districts on the Recycling Week “A” schedule. Those residents will not be recycling that week.
On Oct. 31, crews will be in neighborhoods with Monday trash collection and an “A” week recycling schedule. They might not be able to collect from the entire nonrecycling week district that day. The schedule will continue Tuesday through Friday.
This process will be repeated through the end of the loose leaf collection program.
Could be several weeks between loose leaf pickups
Crews may not be able to pick up all the loose leaves in a neighborhood on the designated trash collection day. They will return to that section on the next trash day that is on a non-recycling week.
When they return to the area, they will pick up where they left off.
This year, the city has secured additional help and may be more likely to be able to cover an entire non-recycling section on one trash day.
Reduce danger: Don’t rake leaves into the street too early
Raking leaves into the street too soon can lead to dangerous driving conditions.In addition, vehicles must be removed from the streets from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on a neighborhood’s trash and Public Service days.
Following this process makes it easier for crews to pick up leaves and keeps streets clean and safe.
Loose leaf collection hotline 313-943-2444
For additional details, call the Loose Leaf Collection hotline (313-943-2444) to hear a recorded message about the leaf program and insight into where the crews will be the following day.