Department of Public Works
Refuse and recycling bins MUST be placed at the curb the night before your scheduled collection day, but NO EARLIER THAN 12 HOURS prior to pickup. Refuse containers need to be removed within 12 hours after pickup. Recycling containers are available to purchase for $10.00 at the Department of Public Works. Refuse containers cannot be larger than 32 gallons. If your can is larger than 32 gallons, Waste Management WILL NOT dispose your garbage. Stickers for your garbage can, can be picked up at the City Clerks office, provided by Waste Management.
Refuse Collection Complaints Waste Management 800.796.9696
Yard Waste Collection Procedures
YARD WASTE PICK UP BEGINS THE FIRST FULL WEEK IN APRIL through the last full week in November. All items for collection MUST be placed at the curb the night before your scheduled collection day.
Grass & Leaves
Place grass and leaves in designated 32 gallon collection containers identified with a Yard Waste sticker. DO NOT FILL IT TO THE TOP. If you cannot lift the container 2 feet off the ground, the collector cannot either. The container must not weigh more than 40 pounds.
Place yard waste container 3 FEET from your garbage or place garbage on one side of the driveway and yard waste on the other. Face the sticker toward the street when placing at the curb. Container must have lid. The container must not weight more than 40 pounds.
Place yard waste in paper compost yard waste bags available at local retailers. No sticker is needed. Paper grocery bags are NOT accepted. Yard waste will not be collected in plastic bags.
Brush, Branches & all Brush must be Bundled for Collection
- Bundle brush and branches in 3 foot lengths.
- Tie bundles up to 18" around.
- Do not place brush in containers
Yard waste stickers can be picked up at the City Clerk's Office or the Water Department.
The Department of Public Works is available to handle your questions and problems concerning alleys, grass cutting, road repairs, sidewalks, snow removal, street lighting, and tree trimming and removal.
7:30 A.M. and 4:00 P.M., Monday through Friday
3315 Greenfield Road
Melvindale, MI 48122
Curbside Recycling Guidelines DOWNLOAD GUIDE HERE
Plastic bottles with a number 1 or 2 stamped on the bottom. For example:
No need to Remove Labels
Tin and Aluminum Cans Only
If the label or bottom cannot be removed, it is still recyclable.
Weed Mowing / Vacant Lots
The Melvindale Code of Ordinances requires that property owners in Melvindale must keep their grass or weeds cut and their property free of debris. If you do not maintain the grass/weeds on your property, the City will cut the grass and clean up the debris, and bill you for the service at the rate of $75.00 for a vacant lot and $55.00 for a lot with a house on it. If the City has to cut it a second time, the price doubles; a third time it triples, etc.
Please notice and follow the posted street cleaning signs for your street. STREET CLEANING IS IN OPERATION FROM APRIL THROUGH NOVEMBER. It is unlawful to sweep, blow or place leaves into the street. The street sweeper will be unable to pick the leaves up. Please DO NOT put leaves in streets-thank you!
When a snow emergency has been declared (4 inches or more) all vehicles MUST be removed from the streets. Vehicles remaining on the roadways during a snow emergency will be ticketed, towed, or both. Snow emergency notification will be announced on a number of radio stations, and on many television news programs. Snow emergency information will also be broadcast on the City of Melvindale Cable Channel (W.O.W. Channel 10 and Comcast Channel 12).
Once a snow emergency is in effect, it will remain in effect until the street is cleared curb to curb or the Department of Public Works Director terminates the snow emergency. This means once your street is cleared on both sides, you may park on the street again.