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Be ready for last leaf collection pick-up
There are two weeks of scheduled leaf pick-ups remaining. For those north of 8 mile, it’s the week of Nov. 28; for those south of 8 mile, it’s the week of Dec. 5. Have your leaves at curbside by 7 a.m. Pick-ups start on specific Mondays to give homeowners the weekend before to get their lawns and yards raked and leaves pushed to the curb. Pick-up of leaves continues through designated weeks, so if the truck doesn’t collect your leaves on that Monday, it will return another day that week.
If you don’t want to wait for street-side leaf pick-up, you may gather your leaves in brown bags or in containers marked “compost” on your regular trash pick-up day, up to Nov. 29, which is the last compost pick-up for the year.
The city does its own composting, which yields a substance that looks like fine black dirt. It takes three years for fresh leaves to break down completely to become nutrient-rich compost that does wonders for gardens, lawns and flower beds. Residents are invited to pick up compost year-round for their own yards from the DPW facility at 650 Doheny Drive, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring a shovel and containers to load the compost.
If you want to create your own compost from leaves, there are ample resources online to show you how to do it.
While leaf collection ends at the end of November, crews that pick up branches continue year-round. Every Tuesday, a crew will chip any branches left at the curb. Branches should be stacked with the cut ends facing the street, and can be up to 6 feet long and up to 6 inches in diameter.
Wood chips are offered to residents for use in landscaping projects throughout the community, and can be picked up from the DPW facility at the address listed above.