A sign of Fall: What you need to know about leaf/yard waste collection

Fall and Winter Leaf/Yard Waste Collection

Each Fall, the City of Dexter Department of Public Works (DPW) collects loose leaves. This is in addition to bagged compost collection by Waste Management and the DPW’s weekly brush pick-up. Leaf collection for Fall 2020 will start the week of October 12th. For the past few years, we have noticed that the leaves from the pear trees and oak trees, mostly located in the newer neighborhoods, have been losing their leaves later in the season. To accommodate this, we have created the following schedule for loose leaf and bagged compost collection. Residents are encouraged to monitor the e-mail update to keep informed about any changes in this schedule due to the weather.

Collection Schedule

  • Week of October 12th – Loose leaf collection starts.
  • November – Brush pick-up and chipping switches to every other Wednesday. The November dates are November 11th and November 25th.
  • Monday, November 30, 2020 – Last day of bagged compost pick-up by Waste Management.
  • Week of December 7th – Loose leaf collection ends. Residents are asked to have all leaves raked to the curb no later than Monday, December 7th at 7 am for pick up that week.
  • Bagged leaves will be picked up by the DPW while they are doing brush pick-up on December 23rd, January 6th, and January 20th. This is to accommodate the residents whose trees lose their leaves late in the season.
  • No compost bag or leaf pick-up by the City or Waste Management will occur in February or March
  • Monday, April 5, 2021 – Waste Management resumes bagged compost pick up.

Loose Leaf Collection Reminders

  • Park cars as far away from leaf piles as possible.
  • Make sure that there is no debris in the leaf piles (garbage, sticks, pumpkins, etc.).
  • Leaves should be raked in a line (windrow) as close to the curb as possible and not placed into the road, ditches, storm drains or parking places.
  • The closer the piles are to the curb, the quicker they are able to be collected by the equipment.

Leaves can also be mulched back into the lawn. For more information, including additional tips on how to grow a healthy lawn visit – https://www.hrwc.org/take-action/at-home/lawn-garden/

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