Loose leaf collection scheduled to begin Oct. 23
DEARBORN – Dearborn is proud to be a Tree City USA for almost 30 years. But disposing of leaves from all those trees is a big job.
Place leaves in bags or containers, put them on easement each trash day
The best method to ensure leaves are picked up promptly after they fall is to put them in paper bags meant for yard waste or 20- to 32-gallon containers with a city yard waste sticker on the lid and set them on your easement near trash and recycling carts every week.
Place the bags or containers on easements by 7 a.m. on trash day each week. They will be picked up that same trash day.
Yard waste stickers are available at the Dearborn Administrative Center and Dearborn libraries.
Leaves in plastic bags or in cardboard boxes will not be picked up.
Alternative method: collection of leaves raked loose into the street
Collection of loose leaves raked into the street is scheduled to begin the week of Oct. 23 and end the week of Dec. 4. (The last pickup for every neighborhood is scheduled on the trash day for that neighborhood that week.)
Weather conditions may change the schedule.
It is unlikely that leaves raked into the street will be picked up every week in front of individual homes; however, leaf collection crews will be in the neighborhood on the trash day for that neighborhood, picking up as many as possible.
Daily collection schedule on cityofdearborn.org and CDTV
Leaves that are in the street are picked up on a neighborhood’s trash day.
City crews will be collecting leaves on a trash day, and then a week later, will return to begin collecting leaves where they left off in that trash district. They will not continue the next day where they left off. They will continue the next week, on trash day.
So crews will be in the Monday trash district on Mondays, and then move to the Tuesday district on Tuesdays, and then the Wednesday district on Wednesdays, etc.
They will return the following week to continue collection on the neighborhood’s trash day.
The schedule will be published on www.cityofdearborn.org so residents know where the crews will be starting on that trash day a week later. Residents also may call the Leaf Hotline at 313-943-2444.
Crews are unlikely to complete an entire trash district in one day.
Extra collections won’t disrupt the schedule
There may be times when additional crews are out on weekends, or a day ahead of a trash day, so that they can get an early start in another district. If that occurs, these are additional collections and will not be part of the published schedule.
Crews will still follow the regular schedule so that residents know when to rake their leaves into the street, even if they are out on additional days.
For instance, if a crew is in a particular district on a Saturday, this is an additional collection and they will still be in the neighborhood on trash day.
Reduce danger: Don’t rake leaves into the street too early
Raking leaves into the street too soon leads to dangerous driving conditions and leaves that blow back onto neighbors’ yards.
Contractors paid by residents to rake leaves must follow the same rules. In addition, parked vehicles must be removed from the streets from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on a neighborhood’s Public Service Day.
Following this process makes it easier for crews to pick up leaves and keeps streets clean and safe.
Street sweepers avoid leaves raked into the street too early
Routine street sweeping cannot take place if leaves are raked into the street too early. City officials ask residents to be courteous to neighbors and not rake loose leaves into the street until the loose leaf collection program begins.