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Yard Waste Collection: Let’s Do It Right!

The City of Detroit Department of Public Works has contracted Waste Management collects yard waste in Boston-Edison. For Boston-Edison, yard waste collection occurs every other Wednesday, beginning in April and ending in December (dates vary). Collection is delayed until Thursday if it falls in a week following a holiday. An additional pickup for Christmas trees is normally scheduled for the first or second week in January.

Bag It Right

Grass clippings, leaves, and small twigs must be bagged in biodegradable bags (such as lawn and leaf bags from your local hardware store) – PLASTIC BAGS WILL NOT BE COLLECTED.

Instead of bagging, larger branches up to 4 feet in length and 2 inches in diameter may be bundled for pickup.

Large tree debris, stumps, dirt, gravel, or sod will NOT be accepted for pickup.

Place It Right

Yard waste should be at the curb by 7 a.m. on the day of collection, but no more than 24 hours beforehand. Curbside removal of yard waste is necessary, but piles of bags and debris make the neighborhood look cluttered and unattractive. Additionally, according to the City of Detroit, leaving waste on the curb at inappropriate times is a blight violation. The city can levy a fine of $100 to $1,000 per day, as well as charging for the cost of collection.

All yard waste must be placed at the curb at least six feet from other items.

The pickup of bulk trash (large items like furniture, appliances, carpeting, or mattresses) is scheduled for the same Thursday as yard waste pickup. Both yard waste and bulk trash items can be placed at the curb, but they must be kept separate.

Right Away?

To dispose of yard waste immediately rather than waiting for the next pickup, it can be taken to a Detroit Public Works (DPW) drop-off location. The closest location to Boston-Edison is the Davison Yard, located at 8221 W. Davison. Spring/summer hours are 10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. (closed from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.); winter hours are 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m (closed from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.). Residents need to show a proper Detroit ID.

What If it’s Not Right?

Issues with yard waste or trash collection, including missed collection, can be reported to Waste Management by calling (844) 2-DETROIT (338764).

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