Thursday, April 8, 2021

Spring cleaning

Inkster officials detail rules for pick-up of residential trash, compost

As residents throughout the area begin traditional spring cleaning, the Inkster Department of Public Service has a few cautions for those preparing to dispose of debris accumulated during the winter months. 

Trash pick-up will continue on the regular weekly schedule, officials said, although specific holidays usually delay pick-up by one day. Those changes are clearly marked on the city calendar, available of the City of Inkster website.

Trash containers should be placed at the curbside after 6 p.m. the day before collection day and should be removed from the curbside before 6 p.m. the day of collection. A 95-gallon, wheeled curb cart had been provided to each household. Residents who may have more trash than the new curb cart will hold, will need to call for a special pick-up 48 hours in advance. Cardboard boxes are not acceptable trash containers. They must be broken down and thrown into the recycle container, officials said.

The trash contractor does not pick up any EPA labeled hazardous substances, including but not limited to, gasoline, acid, inflammable or explosive materials, officials reminded residents.  

The pick up of bulk or heavy household items such as stoves, refrigerators, freezers, or furniture or other items that do not fit into the cart will include two such bulk items per household each week. If residents have more than two items, it will be necessary to call for a dumpster which will then be picked up on the regular pick-up day. Residents should call (844) 464-3587 at least 48 hours ahead so that the proper moving equipment will be available, officials advised. Calls should be made during regular business hours, 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Brush and compost collection will include trees, wood, shrubs and brush. If the wood contains nails, they must be bent over and the wood and brush cut and securely tied into bundles not to exceed 3 inches in diameter and no longer than 4 feet and no heavier than 50 pounds. Lawn clippings, twigs, flowers and plantings are all acceptable items for compost collection although the twigs and branches should not exceed 4 inches in diameter and 3 feet in length. Stumps, rocks, dirt, and sod are not acceptable for compost/yard waste collection. 

To reduce the amount of compost/yard waste, the city hauler recommends using lawn mowers with mulching blades. 

Carpet will be picked up if it is in bundles no longer than 4 feet and no heavier than 50 pounds and it must be tied and bundled.

Any resident hiring a private contractor for tree trimming/ removal must require that contractor to remove any brush, logs, or stumps, officials advised.

Vacant lots in the city are the responsibility of the owner. If vacant lots are not properly maintained, the owner may receive a citation and the lot will be cut/cleaned at the owner's expense. 

Complaints should be directed to Code Enforcement at (313) 563-0835 or the Department of Public Services at (313) 563-9774.

Weekly curbside collection of yard waste began this week and will end Dec. 17. Residents are required to separate grass clippings, leaves, weeds, and other soft yard waste from regular trash, officials advised.