Grand Haven eliminates fall leaf pick-up service

With the colder weather on the horizon, the city of Grand Haven is reminding residents that there won't be leaf pick-up service this year due to budget constraints. "It's one of the things (City Council) came up with to balance the budget to make expenditures equal revenue,' City Manager Pat McGinnis said. According to McGinnis, the city had about $100,000 budgeted for leaf collection, and he said he anticipates saving $65,000 to $75,000 this year by eliminating the service.
Alex Doty
Aug 31, 2011


McGinnis said that a majority of the savings will be made up by reducing wear and tear on city equiptment and reducing overtime hours for city DPW employees.

As a result of this new policy, residents will no longer be allowed to rake leaves into the street. DPW crews at one time would come and collect leaves and dispose of them on Harbor Island.

Instead, McGinnis said customers of the city’s contracted trash hauler, Allied Waste, will be picking up leaves on the same day as the normally scheduled garbage day. Leaves and other yard material must be in bio-degradable brown bags or containers marked “yard waste.”

Allied Waste will also be available at a central location for leaf pick-up during the fall, as well.

To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.



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