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Dearborn Public Service Days, Leaf Removal Done for 2011

Residents can bag their leftover leaves for pick-up through Dec. 16.

It's the true sign of winter in Dearborn: public service days and are over as of Friday, Dec. 2.

As such, residents are now permitted to park on the street on their designated trash day.

Public Service Days, during which the city requires residents to keep their parked vehicles off residential streets if it is a trash collection day in that neighborhood, are used for efficient street sweeping, tree trimming and other city services.

Public Service Days will be back in effect on April 2. Leaf removal may resume next fall, pending 2012 budget discussions that may result in the elimination of the program.

Residents who have leaves remaining on their property may have their leaves picked up every week on their trash day until Dec. 16. Leaves must be put on the curb in 32 gallon containers marked "yard waste," or in paper landscaping bags.

Yard waste stickers to mark your containers are available at . Paper yard waste bags do not need stickers.

Leaves in plastic bags or in cardboard boxes will not be picked up.

M. Imsosure December 04, 2011 at 01:19 AM
" residents are now permitted to park on the street on their designated trash day." So how are the robot arms going to pick up the trash containers if cars are parked on the street?
Dave Gorden December 04, 2011 at 11:34 AM
Ditto to M's comment. I've been under the impression that part of the reason for restricting parking on trash days is to allow access to city provided trash containers by the robot arms of the specially equipped trucks. Folks on my block are pretty good about keeping the street clear of vehicles on trash day. Continuing this rule year 'round means less confusion, in my humble opinion.
Lee Jacobsen December 04, 2011 at 05:27 PM
Trash cans and cars can both be on the street. However, we must assume that common sense prevails and the trash cans are not behind the parked cars! The extending arms have plenty of extension to pick up a garbage can situated near a parked car, as this video illustrates.... see link. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b29GxU_rOdM&feature=related Just google automated trash trucks for hundreds of other videos showing the same thing. The folks on the videos did bring up a good point. What if you have 6 kids and lots of trash, but just one trash container? An obvious answer...buy another trash container from the city or make a deal with a neighbor to use their trash container , perhaps in exchange for one of the six kids to shovel snow or rake leaves.....
Dave Gorden December 04, 2011 at 06:05 PM
I very seldom use my regular trash bin because I usually have only one bag of trash from our home. Even if I have two, there's usually room in a neighbors bin for mine. I figure that saves time and energy of the trash truck having to stop and empty mine. I don't park in front of my home but patrons and employees of a nearby business do which would make it difficult for the arm to reach the bin on trash days.
Lee Jacobsen December 04, 2011 at 06:07 PM
As long as they don't park in front of the bin, should be no problem. That is why the arm 'extends'.
Rich December 05, 2011 at 03:22 AM
Gosh - Can't wait for one of those trucks to drop a bin on my new car OR to scrape it with the long-reach arm. After all, have you seen how carefully they move down the streets with NO cars parked there AND how neatly all the bins are replaced after being emptied? I'm sure that the City will totally pick up the tab?????
Lee Jacobsen December 05, 2011 at 03:40 AM
Rich, are you suggesting a new way to get your car painted for free? Of course, the farther away you park your car from the trash containers, the safer your car is. End result, the city will contend that you did not leave enough 'clearance' and is therefore not responsible. What are driveways and garages for anyway? Naw... that's too easy!!

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