The City provides curbside yard waste collection services annually from Monday, April 4 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 DPW) 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; 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.
Through the yard waste program, SOCRRA provides free compost for all Ferndale residents. Look for the compost piles throughout the City at these locations:
There are additional resources on the EPA Website about reducing food waste at home.
The City of Ferndale provides complimentary curbside leaf pickup to residential streets each fall between mid-October and the beginning of December. This year, the curbside leaf pickup program will begin the week of October 25, 2021, and conclude with one final leaf pickup for the entire City the week of December 6. This year, Public Works has designed a more specific leaf pickup schedule. Each street receives pickup according to an east-west schedule, with different areas served throughout the week. View the map below to note which days the Public Works Crew will be in your area. Please note: the schedule is subject to change according to any weather delays.
There's no need to call to have your leaves picked up. Scheduled leaf pickups guarantee your leaves will be picked up many times throughout the season, so appointments are not necessary.
Please avoid mixing other forms of yard debris (sticks, branches, stones, etc.) with your leaves. Unfortunately, these items are not easily generated by the machinery and can result in a delayed pickup process. Other forms of yard waste can be placed outside in brown kraft bags on your regularly scheduled pickup day.
Whenever possible, park away from leaf piles so the Public Works crew can access them. If you miss a pickup, please wait to rake your leaves to the curb until the weekend before your next scheduled pickup week. Leaves piled high for long periods can create parking hazards.
Branches four inches or less in diameter should be cut into lengths between 4'-12'.
Logs are more than four inches in diameter and should be cut into 2' lengths no more than 50 pounds per log. Prepared logs can be placed at the curb for collection on your regular trash collection day.
No. The City's leaf pickup trucks are not able to process sticks, branches, stones, and other such debris. Including these items in your leaf piles harms our machinery and creates a slower leaf pickup process for all. Please keep your leaf piles pure.
Sticks, branches, and other similar yard debris can be placed out for yard waste recycling on your regular trash day. Make sure they're placed in brown paper recycling bags or canisters with clearly marked recycling stickers (available at the DPW office).
We do! Leaves and other yard debris can be bagged in brown kraft recycling bags or canisters with clearly-marked recycling labels (available from the DPW office). Pickup happens weekly on your regular trash day between (roughly) April 1 and December 12. To recycle yard waste in between pickup seasons, please bring your bagged debris to SOCRRA Recycling Center, located at 995 Coolidge Hwy in Troy.
As an alternative to bagging and curbside pickup, many residents enjoy the natural benefits of composting. Check out the Compost Pilot Program page to learn how to get involved.
View a comprehensive list of the permits you can apply for in Ferndale.