Here is a roundup of what is taking place for residents to dispose of their leaf piles.
Grand Haven city
Curbside leaf collection in the City of Grand Haven was eliminated last year due to budget constraints. Since then, residents have been asked to utilize the city’s trash-hauling service to bag their leaves.
“Having done leaf collection for a number of years, we trained people to put their leaves out there,” City Manager Pat McGinnis said. “It will take some time to retrain them.”
McGinnis said the city was “very forgiving” in 2011, but will look to change its stance on leaves in the streets this year.
The city will charge a minimum of $25 for residents who put their leaves in the road. Weekly invoices will be sent for any pick-up of accumulated leaves. Appeals will be accepted in writing through the city clerk for consideration.
“Next year, we’ll probably go to the enforcement phase — where, if you put them out, you’ll get a fine,” McGinnis said.
McGinnis said leaves, grass and branches in the street gutters creates a safety hazard, plugs up storm drains, results in yard waste getting snowplowed into neighbors' yards and looks unsightly all winter.
In 2013, the minimum fine will likely be $50. The appeal process will be through the 58th District Court.
Spring Lake Village
“It begins Oct. 22,” Spring Lake Village Administrative Assistant Mary Paparella said. “It’s usually the last week of October, but because there were three days the last week, we decided to bump it up.”
Paparella said the collection lasts until Nov. 16. During the collection process, leaves must be raked onto the street.
The exception is along M-104. In this area, Paparella said leaves must be bagged, as the hose on the vacuum truck is limited in length, which means piles on those sometimes deep lawns are hard to reach.
Paparella said people living along M-104 in need of lawn bags can visit the Village Hall.
Ferrysburg will begin its 2012 leaf collection program on Monday, Oct. 29. All city residents are encouraged to take advantage of the program provided at no cost to them.
Collection for residents east of 168th Avenue and north of Spring Lake will take place Oct. 29, and Nov. 5 and 12; areas east of 174th Avenue, north of Ridge Street and west of 168th Avenue will take place Oct. 30, and Nov. 6 and 13; areas north of North Shore Road and west of 174th Avenue will take place Oct. 31, and Nov. 7 and 14; and areas south of North Shore Road to the city limits, south of Ridge Street and west of Spring Lake, will take place Nov. 1, 8 and 15.
Ferrysburg public works crews will not return to an area once a scheduled collection time has passed. If leaves are not at the curb in time for a scheduled collection, the resident will be responsible for disposing them in a method other than in a landfill or burning.
Spring Lake Township
Spring Lake Township and Spring Lake Village residents may drop off leaves in biodegradable paper bags at the Department of Public Works building, 16747 150th Ave., from Oct. 20 to Nov.17.
The public works yard will be open Wednesdays from 2-4 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Grand Haven Township
Grand Haven Township residents may bring their yard waste to the collection site behind the Department of Public Works building off 172nd Avenue, north of Ferris Street. Wood, limbs or brush are not allowed at the collection site.
The township’s collection runs from Oct. 13 to Nov. 18. It is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday noon to 6 p.m.
Crockery, Fruitport and Robinson townships don’t have any leaf collection programs.