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Department of Public Works

Ferndale’s Department of Public Works (DPW) is a full-service team responsible for keeping our streets clean, snow plowed, parks well maintained, sewers and drains functioning, and much more. They also oversee the City’s curbside refuse and recycling pickup.  

Learn about Public Works and water

The Department of Public Works handles Ferndale's water resources. Visit our utilities services for more information.

Have a street light outage to report?

Street lights are actually maintained by DTE, not the City. Report an outage quickly and easily through DTE's online Street Light Problem form. Outages or issues with the shorter decorative light poles throughout the downtown district can be reported directly to DPW.

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Department of Public Works

Ferndale City Hall
300 E. Nine Mile Rd.
Ferndale, MI 48220

(248) 546-2525 (Option #3)

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What holidays does the City not collect garbage and recycling?

  • New Year's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

If your collection day falls on one of these holidays, please set your garbage containers at the curb the following day. This also includes the remainder of the days of that week following the holiday.

What type of garbage is not collected?

  • Radioactive materials--call the Oakland County Health office at 248-424-7093.
  • Hazardous materials like volatile cleaning fluids, chemicals, acids, caustics, drugs, explosives, poisons, and batteries; call SOCRRA at 248-288-5153.
  • Roofing--call a local transfer station
  • Vehicles engines or transmissions. Call a local salvage yard.
  • Construction or building materials
  • Dirt and rocks--call a local transfer station.
  • Auto tires

Does the City pick up bulk items from the curbside?

Yes. Bulk items shall not be placed at the curb for pickup prior to 4:00 p.m. the day before your collection day. Bulk items include appliances such as washers, dryers, hot water tanks, air conditions, refrigerators, and furniture. Doors to bulk items shall be removed before taken to the curb for pickup.  

How do I dispose of hazardous waste?

Paints, garden chemicals, automotive products, antifreeze, household cleaners, solvents, insulin syringes, and other hazardous household materials may be accepted by appointment only.  

If you are a resident and need these hazardous materials removed, contact SOCRRA's Special Household Waste Hotline for a collection appointment at 248-288-5153.

Do you have resources for yard waste collection and preparation?

SOCRRA—Southeast Oakland County's Resource Recovery Authority—has information about what can be collected (Waste Wizard), how to prepare materials, seasons for pickup, and more.

How can I compost?

As an alternative to bagging and curbside pickup, many residents enjoy the natural benefits of composting. Check out tips for effective composting to get started.

How do I take part in curbside leaf pickup?

Our Department of Public Works (DPW) services all Ferndale residences. Simply rake your leaves to the curb by 7:00 a.m. on the Monday of your scheduled week's pickup and DPW will be by before the end of the week to vacuum them. 

When is curbside leaf pickup?

The City of Ferndale's curbside leaf pickup runs annually from roughly the third week of October through the beginning of December. Dates vary by year; this year's dates and other important information is published on the leaf pickup page

What constitutes a snow emergency?

A snow emergency is called when a weather event results in rapid or extreme accumulation of ice and/or snow. In a snow emergency, all vehicles must be moved from public streets to allow Department of Public Works (DPW) crews to remove snow/ice and clear roadways. Previously, snow emergencies were declared only in the case of snowfalls greater than four inches. The new policy (updated October 2015) states that snow emergencies will be declared by the City’s DPW Director when need arises, regardless of snowfall amounts. 

Snow Emergency Parking

When a snow emergency is declared, residents must immediately move vehicles from public streets. Failure to move vehicles may result in citations or towing.

During snow emergencies, the City provides designated snow emergency parking areas in each quadrant of the City:

  • West Breckenridge Parking Lot—Located just west of Woodward Ave. behind Treat Dreams/Citizens Bank
  • East Breckenridge Parking Lot—Located just east of Woodward Ave. behind The Fly Trap
  • Kulick Community Center—Located at 1201 Livernois Ave.
  • Martin Rd. Park lot
  • Harding Park Lot—Located on Mapledale Ave. at Wolcott St.
  • The dot Level 2—Located at 221 W Troy St.

Parking in these lots is free during all snow emergencies, and beginning at 6:00 p.m. for overnight snow emergencies. 

Snow Emergency Handicapped Parking

Residents with state-issued handicap placards are exempt from snow emergency parking mandates and may park their vehicles on public streets during declared emergencies.

How do I keep my pipes from freezing?

Pipes can freeze due to sudden drop in temperature, poor insulation, or thermostats set too low. Both plastic and copper pipes can burst, and recovering from frozen pipes is not as simple as calling a plumber. According to AAA, a 1/8-inch crack in a pipe can spew up to 250 gallons of water a day, causing flooding, serious structural damage, and the potential for mold.

If your water pipes have already burst, turn off the water at the main shutoff valve in the house. Leave the water faucets turned on. Make sure everyone in your family knows where the water shutoff valve is and how to open and close it.

Here are some tips to protect your pipes ahead of time:

  • Seal leaks around pipes that allow cold air inside. Look for air leaks around electrical wiring, dryer vents, and pipes; use caulk or insulation to keep the cold out.
  • Disconnect garden hoses. If possible, use an indoor valve to shut off and drain water from pipes leading to outside faucets. This reduces the chance of freezing in pipes just inside the house.
  • If a deep freeze is expected, let warm water drip overnight, preferably from a faucet on an outside wall. Just a trickle may keep your pipes from freezing.
  • Keep your thermostat set at the same temperature day and night. You might be in the habit of turning down the heat when you're asleep, but further drops in temperature—more common overnight—could catch you off guard and freeze your pipes.
  • Open cabinet doors to allow heat to get to uninsulated pipes under sinks and to appliances near exterior walls.

What should I do if my water pressure seems low?

If your water pressure seems low, contact the DPW Water Department at 248-546-2514 to see if work is being performed in your area.

You may also contact Water Department Billing at 248-546-2374 to see if your service has been impacted or discontinued due to nonpayment.

Does the City use anticoagulants?

In October of 2020, City Council signed a resolution against the use anticoagulant rodenticides as part of maintenance programs for City-owned parks and facilities and recognized that the use of anticoagulant pesticides are harmful to our community environment. The City’s DPW discourages the use of anticoagulants and serve as a model in promoting alternative means of pest control on public property. The full resolution can be found here.

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