Fall pick-up begins

Fall is here — and, for many, that means it's time to get mountains of leaves picked up in the yard.
Alex Doty
Oct 24, 2013


But what you can do with those leaves depends on where you live.

Here is a rundown of leaf collection policies and programs that are available in the Tri-Cities area:

Grand Haven

Grand Haven city residents have to deal with their leaves the same way they deal with yard waste.

“The city waste hauler does pick yard waste up through Dec. 1,” City Manager Pat McGinnis said. “The city does not have a curbside leaf pickup program.”

Budget constraints forced the city to eliminate its curbside leaf collection service in 2011.

For residents who choose not to take part in the trash hauler’s program, there is another option.

“We also have two collection spots every Saturday morning,” McGinnis said.

These are open between 8 a.m. and noon, through Dec. 7. Residents will be able to drop off bagged leaves at Griffin Elementary School or Lakeshore Middle School.


Ferrysburg operates a curbside pickup program for its residents that runs at scheduled times.

“Ours will run for three weeks starting on Nov. 4,” City Clerk Deb Wierenga said. “It runs until Nov. 21.”

The city is divided into four areas, and what area you live in determines your collection time.

Area 1 is serviced on Mondays (Nov. 4, 11 and 18), and is for residents east of 168th Avenue and north of Spring Lake. Area 2 is serviced on Tuesdays (Nov. 5, 12 and 19), and is for residents east of 174th Avenue, north of Ridge Avenue and west of 168th Avenue. Area 3 is serviced on Wednesdays (Nov. 6, 13 and 20), and is for residents north of North Shore Road and west of 174th Avenue. Area 4 is serviced on Thursdays (Nov. 7, 14 and 21), and is for city residents south of North Shore Road to the city limits south of Ridge Avenue and west of Spring Lake.

“If you miss that, they can bring them to the city garage and we can dispose of them there,” Wierenga said.

Spring Lake Village

Similar to Ferrysburg, the village offers a curbside program in which residents can rake their leaves to the road. This runs through Nov. 25.

“All the residents need to do is rake them to the road whenever possible,” village administrative assistant Mary Paparella said. “But residents who live on Savidge Street have to bag the leaves.”

Paparella noted that people who live on Savidge can get leaf bags at Village Hall.

All village residents need to have their leaves raked or bagged and out to the road by 7:30 a.m. in order to be collected.

Spring Lake Township

Spring Lake Township residents can bring leaves to the township’s Department of Public Works building, 16747 150th Ave., now through Nov. 16. The times are 2-4 p.m. Wednesdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.

The collection is open to Spring Lake Township residents only. Residents are not allowed to burn their leaves.

Grand Haven Township

Grand Haven Township residents can begin to take their leaves to the Township Hall, 13300 168th Ave., on Saturday, Oct. 26. The hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays, and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays.



Not right now in this mix of sleet, snow & rain. But maybe As Soon As The Weather Breaks


"Residents are not allowed to burn their leaves." I have property, I have leaves, and I have the ability to create fire; catch me if you can. I bagged my leaves one year, 384 bags stuffed to the max, too much expense and labor. I have a 75cc Red Max backpack leaf blower that puts them where I want them, and then...burn baby burn. Oh, and I don't care if the weather is a little inclement.


Another option is to blow them in to a neighbors yard or simply let them decompose in your yard. Neither of these choices seem very good.


You will have to pick some things up this fall. I guess that will not be a good thing if you are the ones assigned to do the cleanup. - Larry Starr Sarasota


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