DEARBORN, Mich. – The City of Dearborn will be collecting fallen leaves in neighborhoods in two ways this autumn. As always, the preferred method of collection is to rake your leaves and put them in paper yard waste bags or in properly marked 20-32 gallon containers and set them on your curbside on your trash pickup day. This guarantees that your leaves will be picked up each week on your trash collection day. It also keeps the streets clearer and reduces any potential impact on traffic from piles of wet leaves or leaves stacked high in the roads.
Leaf pickup by this method is continuous and every week from now until curbside yard waste collection season ends on December 3. Alternative method: Loose Leaf Collection An alternative method for disposal is the City’s loose leaf collection system, which is scheduled to begin Monday, Oct. 25 and end Saturday, Dec. 4. Weather conditions can alter this schedule.
Loose leaves raked in to the street will be picked up in your neighborhood on your trash day during the weeks that your neighborhood does not recycle. Every neighborhood is on an “A” or “B” week recycling schedule. For instance, if your neighborhood recycles on a “B” week, crews will be in your area on your trash day during an “A” recycling week. This is your non-recycling week. If you recycle on an “A” week schedule, crews will be in your area on your trash day on a “B” recycling week. This is your non-recycling week.
Residents are asked to rake their leaves into the street as close to their trash day as possible during their neighborhood’s non-recycling week. Limitations of Loose Leaf Collection Trash sections are larger than in the past, which means that the City may not complete picking up loose leaves in your neighborhood on your trash day in one week.
City crews will not return to your neighborhood until your next non- recycling week. In addition, city crews will start in your section where they left off during the last trash day in the non-recycling week in your neighborhood. Keep parked vehicles off the street.
As always, remember, you must keep your parked vehicles off the streets on your trash day, which is your Public Service Day. That way, crews can best pick up the leaves raked into the street. Parked vehicles on the street during your Public Service Day are subject to ticketing. Call the Leaf Collection Hotline at 943-2444 for more information.