City residents can dispose of autumn leaves by raking them into the street, placing them in curbside yard waste containers or taking them to the city recycling center.
By SUE SUCHYTA
Sunday Times Newspapers
WYANDOTTE – City residents now have three earth-friendly ways to dispose of leaves once they finish the hard work of raking.
Leaves can be raked into the street for city-scheduled sweeps, placed in curbside yard waste containers or taken to the city recycling center at 168 Grove. Cornstalks, pumpkins and garden debris should not be placed in the street during leaf collection periods; they can be recycled at the drop-off center. Curbside leaf collection begins Nov. 2 and will serve a different geographic zone each week. To make the collections easier, residents are urged to avoid on-street parking during those times, which are listed as follows:
• Nov. 2 to 6 for zone 1, bounded by Pennsylvania, Eureka, 23rd and the railroad tracks.
• Nov. 9 to 16 for zone 2, bounded by Eureka, Goddard, 23rd and 15th streets.
• Nov. 16 to 20 for zone 3, which encompasses two areas, one bounded by Eureka, Ford Avenue, 15th and the railroad; and Oak, Pennsylvania, the railroad and the Detroit River.
• Nov. 23 to 27 for zone 4, bounded by Ford Avenue, North Drive, the railroad and the Detroit River.
• Nov. 30 to Dec. 4 for zone 5, bounded by Oak, North Drive, the railroad and the Detroit River.
Leaves should be ready for curbside pickup by Monday of a zone’s scheduled pickup week. In order to avoid a potential fire hazard, residents are urged to avoid parking on or near leaf piles.
Wetting leaf piles with a garden house will prevent them from blowing around and will reduce the risk of fires.
Residents are advised to be patient for leaf pickups and realize that weather conditions, holidays and equipment breakdowns can cause delays.
Leaves also can be placed in yard waste bags and containers and collected with other organic yard waste on regular waste pickup days.
Leaves will also be accepted at the drop-off recycling center. Hours during September and October are 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. The recycling center is closed on holidays.
During November the recycling center will be open from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.