What To Do with All Those Leaves

We know you spent the weekend raking; here's the info you need to dispose of fall's foliage.

Here's a handy reminder on your city's leaf pick-up dates and policies.


The Rochester Department of Public Works offers leaf pick-up to the residents in the fall only. Leaves should be raked to the curb for removal. Pick-up usually starts around the end of September and continues through the first week of December

Please do not throw brush or garden trimmings in the leaf piles as it plugs up the machines. If the crews see brush or garden trimmings in the leaf piles they will go around the leaf pile.

Rochester's waste hauler picks up yard waste from April 1 through November 30. 

Yard waste must be placed in kraft paper bags or in a container clearly marked "Yard Waste." Yard waste placed in plastic bags will not be picked up.

Incidental brush pick-up is offered year round by the Department of Public Works. Please stack all cut ends in the same direction. Do not throw lumber, landscape ties, roots or root balls or picker type bushes in with the rest of the pile. These items must be separated. Typically there will be a nominal charge for separation and removal of these items, as the Department of Public Works has to pay extra to dispose them. 

Contracted tree trimmings will not be picked up by the Department of Public Works. You must have the contractor who completed the tree work remove the associated brush.

Rochester Hills

Republic Services of Southeast Michigan provides all solid waste and yard waste services for single-family homes in Rochester Hills. Seasonal yard waste pick up takes place from the 1st week of April to the last week of November.

All yard waste must be in biodegradable paper lawn and leaf bags.

Information for this story is from www.rochesterhills.orgwww.ci.rochester.mi.us and www.republicservicesmichigan.com.

Linda Raschke October 23, 2012 at 03:26 PM
Would love to have been the person that "invented" those bio-degradable paper lawn & leaf bags - with over an acre tend to use a few!
Lmw October 24, 2012 at 12:25 AM
Is anything going to be done about all the trees with the black spots on their leaves? This is the second year for them and they look awful.
Christian Hauser October 24, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Does anyone know what causes those black spots on the leaves?


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