Yard Waste And Fall Leaf Pickup

Yard Waste Pickup

The City provides curbside yard waste collection services annually from Monday, April 1, 2024, through Mid-December. Yard waste—including grass clippings, leaves, small sticks, and weeds—is collected weekly on your regular trash day. Yard waste should be placed in either a reusable container with a Ferndale Yard Waste Compost label (labels available at City Hall or the Public Works yard) or paper kraft bags (available at most local hardware and home improvement stores).

Between December and April, yard waste can be dropped off free of charge at SOCRRA's Troy transfer station by appointment only; contact 248-288-5150 for details.

Did you know that you can throw your light kitchen waste in with your yard waste through SOCRRA's curbside yard waste pick-up? You can throw in your kitchen waste items such as fruit and vegetable scraps— peels, rinds, seeds, nuts, or other byproducts. You can also include clean fill dirt, potting soil, garden soil, wood shavings and ash, and untreated wood. For a full list, check out this guide.  

There are additional resources on the EPA Website about reducing food waste at home.


Department of Public Works

521 E. Cambourne, Ferndale, MI 48220


Compost Piles

Through the yard waste program, SOCRRA provides free compost for all Ferndale residents between the months of May and September. These compost piles are created from the yard waste picked up throughout the season. What a useful way to reuse!

Look for the compost piles throughout the City at these locations:

  • Department of Public Works - 521 E. Cambourne St.  ‍
  • Geary Park - 1198 Earle Blvd.  ‍
  • Harding Park - Mapledale St.  ‍
  • Kulick Center - 1201 Livernois St.  ‍
  • Martin Road Park - 1615 E. Lewiston Ave.  ‍
  • Wilson Park - 599 University St.  

Fall Leaf Pickup

The City's Public Works Department (DPW) provides a leaf pickup program to residential streets. The 2023 program officially ended the last week of November. Beginning the week of December 18, leaves and other yard waste can be brought to the SOCRRA facility by appointment only. If a resident is solely dropping off bagged leaves without additional yard waste, an appointment is not necessary.

During leaf pickup season, please rake your leaves to the curb by 7:00 a.m. on the Monday of your scheduled week. Please avoid mixing any forms of yard debris with your leaf piles—this can cause a slow pickup process and can potentially damage machinery. DPW highly encourages vehicles to be moved to provide ease of access, as missed leaf piles can create parking hazards if stacked too high. If you miss a pickup, please wait to rake your leaves to the curb until your next scheduled time.