Despite during budget talks this spring, Dearborn's annual collection of loose leaves raked into the streets is scheduled to take place again this year. Leaf removal will begin the week of Oct. 24 and end on Friday, Dec. 2, depending on the weather.
To make it easier for crews to pick up the leaves and to keep streets safer, residents are encouraged to rake leaves into the street only on the day before their neighborhood’s Public Service Days.
Public Service Days are the same as trash collection days. Vehicles must be removed from streets on these days between 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Contractors paid by residents to rake leaves must follow the same guidelines and should not rake leaves into the street until the day before the appropriate Public Service Day.
Due to the volume and size of Public Service Day districts, crews may not be able to pick up all the loose leaves in a neighborhood on the designated Public Service Day/trash collection day.
City crews will return to the area the next week on Public Service Day, starting where they ended with the previous collection. For example, if your trash day/Public Service Day is on a Tuesday, crews will be collecting leaves on a Tuesday and then return the following Tuesday to continue in your neighborhood.
For a weekly leaf collection schedule, call the Leaf Hotline at 313-943-2444.
Avoid raking leaves into the street too early, as leaves left to pile up in the street for days before scheduled collection can present traffic and safety hazards.
Leaves also can be disposed of by putting them in 20-32 gallon containers marked “Yard Waste” or in paper landscape bags for curbside pickup on regular trash collection days every week until Dec. 16.
Bagging them or putting them in the proper containers on the curb will ensure that they are picked up every week on your trash day. In contrast, loose leaves raked into the street in front of your house are only picked up as crews can get to them.
The city’s curbside yard waste collection program ends on Dec. 16.
Yard waste stickers to mark your containers are available at City Hall. Paper yard waste bags do not need stickers.
Leaves in plastic bags or in cardboard boxes will not be picked up.