Yard Waste and Fall Leaf Pickup

Yard Waste

The City provides curbside yard waste collection services annually from the first full week of April through the week of December 13. 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.

Fall Leaf Pickup

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.


How do I bundle branches properly for curbside pickup?

Branches four inches or less in diameter should be cut into lengths between 4'-12'.

How do I prepare logs for curbside pickup?

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.  

Will the City pick up tree stumps at the curb?

Yes. Tree stumps must be free of roots and soil and should weigh no more than 50 pounds each.

Is it okay to include sticks, rocks, and other yard debris in my leaf piles?

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). 

Do you offer bag pick-up if I don't want to rake my leaves to the curb?

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. 

How can I compost?

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.

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