Curbside pickup of compost began last week in Westland.
According to city officials, compostable items are picked up from residential curbs on the scheduled day for trash collection. Compostable items include: garden waste, grass clippings, hay/straw, leaves, pruning debris, tree branches, they noted.
These compostable materials are collected by a separate truck and these items should be separated from regular household trash by 4 feet. Mixed compost and trash will not be picked up.
Tree branches must be cut down to 4 feet or less and should be no larger than 3 inches in diameter. Branches should be put into small bundles and tied with rope or twine. Residents can place up to 10 bundles of branches each week.
Residents should use designated compost bags or garbage cans for compost disposal. The limit for compost collection is 10 compost bags or five garbage cans, with no bag or can weighing more than 50 pounds.
Compost in cardboard boxes or plastic garbage bags will not be picked up, officials cautioned.