DEARBORN — Dearborn has been a Tree City USA for more than three decades. Trees are one reason the city enjoys a high quality of life.
But disposing of leaves from those trees is a big job.
The best method to ensure leaves are picked up promptly after they fall is to put them in yard waste paper bags or 20- to 32-gallon containers with a city yard waste sticker on the lid and set them at curbside every week on trash day.
Place the paper bags or containers on the easement by 7 a.m. on trash day each week. They will be picked up that same trash day.
Free yard waste stickers are available at the Dearborn Administrative Center, 16901 Michigan Ave., and the two Dearborn branch libraries. (Henry Ford Centennial Library is temporarily closed for renovations.)
Leaves in plastic bags or in cardboard boxes will not be picked up.
The curbside service to pick up bagged leaves ends on trash day the week of Dec. 9.
Alternative method: rake loose loose into the street
Collection of loose leaves raked into the street is scheduled to begin the week of Oct. 28 and end the week of Dec. 9. (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 loose 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.
Loose leaves collection schedule on cityofdearborn.org
Loose 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 loose 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.
Loose leaves 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 cityofdearborn.org so residents know where the loose leaves crews will be starting on that trash day a week later. Residents may also call the Leaf Hotline at 313-943-2444.
Extra collections won’t force residents to rake early
There may be times when additional loose leaves crews are out on weekends, or a day ahead of a trash day, so that they can get an early start to another district. If that occurs, these are additional collections and will not be part of the published schedule for loose leaves pickup.
Residents don’t have to hurry to rake leaves when they see extra crews in their neighborhood on a weekend or on an unexpected day.
Reduce danger: Don’t rake leaves into the street too early
Raking loose leaves into the street too soon leads to dangerous driving conditions and leaves that blow back into 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 loose leaves and keeps streets clean and safe.