Department of Public Works

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.

Notice Regarding “No Parking” Signs:

In conjunction with the Commission of Public Safety and the Police Department, the Department of Public Works has installed stickers on the ‘No Parking’ signs, removing the seasonal designation of April-November. The no parking signs are now enforced all 12 months of the year.

Notice Regarding Garbage and Recycling Pickup:

To avoid a citation, please follow the trash/recycle placement requirements. Carts must be placed between the sidewalk and the street no more than two feet away from the curb or on your approach.  Click here for further information and examples of proper cart placement.

Helpful Links

GFL Environmental
How to deal with a sewer backup
State of Michigan Waste and Hazardous Materials Division 

Business hours
Monday – Friday 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Larrie Ordus, DPW Director
P: 313.429-1080

DPW Yard
3315 Greenfield Road
Melvindale, MI 48122
P: 313.429.1080

DEQ Pollution Emergency Alert System Hotline: 800-292-4706
DEQ Non-emergency number: 800-662-9278

Wayne County 24-Hour Environmental Hotline & Rouge River Information line: 1-888-223-2363

GFL (Green For Life) Environmental

GFL Environmental is our solid waste provider for residential collection and disposal, recycling, yard waste, and large bulky waste.

Click here for Curbside Recycling Guidelines.

Click here for a Spring 2017 information brochure provided by GFL Environmental.

If you should have any questions or need additional information please contact GFL Environmental at (844) GO-GFLUSA (844-464-3587) or [email protected].

Additional DPW Information

Yard waste stickers can be picked up at the City Clerk’s Office or the Water Department.

Weed Cutting / 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 $300 for the first time, $600 for the second time, $900 for the third time, etc.

Street Cleaning

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!

Snow Removal

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.