Leave your leaves in bags or bins at your curb

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published November 11, 2015

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Did you know the leaves and yard clippings you leave at your curb go to the Southeast Oakland County Resource Recovery Authority site in Rochester Hills to become compost?

And that free compost is available for Troy residents at the Department of Public Works?

“All our material goes to the compost site in Rochester Hills,” said Emily Fronterra, Troy’s refuse and recycling coordinator.

Compost is available for residents at the Department of Public Works office at 4693 Rochester Road from the end of May until the end of November, but it’s best to call first to check the supply. The number for refuse and recycling is (248) 524-3399.

Fronterra noted that residents have until the third week of December to place yard waste and leaves at the curb for pickup in paper bags or trash cans with “yard waste” stickers on them.

“After the third week of December, it’s not picked up,” she said of yard waste. However, residents may take their yard clippings directly to the SOCRRA recycling site at 995 Coolidge Highway in Troy at no cost.

Troy does not allow residents to sweep leaves into streets for pickup. Fronterra said residents should not blow their leaves into the roadway.

Branches of less than 2 inches in diameter may be picked up from the curb if they are cut into 3 feet in length and bundled with twine, Fronterra said.

“Try to limit it to five bundles at a time,” she said.

Cindy Dingell, spokesperson for the Road Commission for Oakland County, said it’s important to keep the drains and catch basins free of leaves.

“Some people don’t understand the grates in the road provide needed drainage to prevent flooding,” she said.

Seniors and others in Troy who are unable to rake their own leaves should contact Troy People Concerned, said Cindy Stewart, community affairs director for the city of Troy. Stewart is a board member of Troy People Concerned, which is an information and referral agency that aims to assist Troy residents in need.

“They register and we match them up with volunteers,” Stewart said.

Volunteers will only come out once, so those who register must let Troy People Concerned know when all the leaves have fallen, Stewart said.

Call Troy People Concerned at (248) 528-9199 from 9 a.m. to noon Mondays through Fridays.