A crew from the Southfield Public Works Department collects tree branches during yard waste pickup recently. City officials are urging residents to follow guidelines when it comes to yard waste collection.

A crew from the Southfield Public Works Department collects tree branches during yard waste pickup recently. City officials are urging residents to follow guidelines when it comes to yard waste collection.

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Southfield, Lathrup officials remind residents of proper yard waste procedures

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published October 30, 2019

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SOUTHFIELD/LATHRUP VILLAGE — The leaves are falling, and city officials are calling on residents to dispose of their yard waste properly.

According to Southfield Public Works Manager Larry Sirls, the most important thing to remember when it comes to yard waste is to keep it contained.

“Everything has to be in a bag. We take as many bags as you put out,” Sirls said. “It has to be in a paper yard waste bag or container marked ‘yard waste.’”

The container can also be marked with a Y, or a yard waste sticker can be obtained from the city by calling (248) 796-4860.

When residents have large branches or brush that needs to be collected, there are special protocols, Sirls said.

No limbs over 8 inches in diameter are allowed, and branches shorter than 4 feet must be tied in bundles less than 60 pounds per bundle, or placed in compost containers or bags. Vines also must be bundled or placed in compost bags.

Officials said all branches must be stacked at the curb with the cut ends facing the street. Branches less than 2 inches in diameter must be bagged or bundled.

Logs, roots, stumps or complete shrubs with roots attached are also not allowed, officials said.

In Southfield, yard waste is collected on residents’ regularly scheduled trash day, officials said, and yard waste pickup ends Dec. 6.

In Lathrup Village, yard waste must be placed on the curb by 7 a.m. Mondays in either a trash container marked with a yard waste decal, or in a 30-gallon paper yard waste bag.

There are also weight and size restrictions to take note of in Lathrup, according to officials. Yard waste containers must weigh less than 50 pounds, and no material can be coming out over the top of the container.

A chipping service is provided in Lathrup on Fridays for branches that are 2-4 inches in diameter and 4 feet or longer. Limbs must be stacked neatly, and the cut ends must be placed at the curb, officials said. Stumps and logs are not permitted.

Lathrup Village Treasurer and Assistant City Administrator Pam Bratschi gave a brief update on yard waste services at a recent City Council meeting.

“We are getting ready for leaf season. Hopefully, this year we will not have any breakdowns on our trucks so they will be able to get around and pick up those leaves quicker than we have in the past,” she said.

A complete guide to yard waste collection in Southfield can be found at cityofsouthfield.com. A complete guide to yard waste collection in Lathrup Village can be found at lathrupvillage.org.

“The more people see this information and understand it, the less issues we have with collection,” Sirls said.

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