IRON MOUNTAIN - The leaves on the trees in the area have turned to colors of red, orange and yellow as autumn is in full swing.
With the leaves starting to fall to the ground, area residents are starting to clean up their yards to get ready for the pickup of fall leaves and rubbish.
Local cities have announced their fall waste yard policies with the collection beginning around Oct. 15 in both Iron Mountain and Kingsford. The fall rubbish can be dropped off in Norway at the Public Works Department building Oct. 13-20. The fall leaf pick-up will be announced at a later date in Norway, city officials said.
The collection will be held in Iron Mountain Oct. 15-Nov. 9 and all leaves must be placed at the edge of the lawn next to the street. Leaves should not be in the gutter or on the pavement. Bagged leaves will not be collected, city officials noted.
Leaves and yard waste placed for collection in Iron Mountain must also be free of tree limbs, branches and any other non-compostable items.
"Do not place piles next to or behind fences, power poles or other obstructions as these piles will not be picked up," the policy states.
Residents are also reminded to avoid parking vehicles in front of the piles during the pickup times, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The collection in Iron Mountain will start on the south end of the city and work to the north.
In addition, the city will continue with its yard waste drop-off site at the Department of Public Works facility. The site is only available to residents of Iron Mountain and is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturdays through Nov. 9 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
In the city of Kingsford, loose leaves must be piled at the street edge above the curb and not in the way of travel. City crews will make one pass through the city with the collection tentatively to start in the Ford Addition area on Oct. 15.
Kingsford city officials warn not to place the piles next to or behind fences, power poles or other obstructions because they will not be collected.
In Kingsford, there is also a compost drop off site located at the Public Works Facility, 1500 Carter Drive in Kingsford that is only available for residents of the city. This site is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will also be open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon until Nov. 10.
In addition, the city of Kingsford is conducting its annual fall collection of leaves and compostable materials with compostable items being collected this week in the Ford Addition area. The collection will then move on to Kingsford Heights, Garden Village and Breitung areas in the city.
Compostable items include grass clippings and yard waste, which must be piled in an orderly fashion at the edge of the alley or the location that the normal garbage is picked up each week. The city will only be making one pass through the city for these items.
In addition, limbs and brush must be piled in an orderly fashion with butt ends facing the street or alley and cut in lengths between 6-8 feet. Bagged or contained leaves will also be collected in this same area weekly until Nov. 1, Kingsford officials noted.
In the city of Norway, a fall rubbish drop off is going on beginning Saturday, Oct. 13 through Saturday, Oct. 20 and items can be brought to the construction dumpster located at the Department of Public Works Building, 400 10th Ave. in Norway. Hours for the fall rubbish drop off are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Any grass clippings, garden waste, leaves and brush must be brought to the compost site located at the Wastewater Treatment Plant, located off of U.S 8 south of Danielson's Greenhouse. This site is open daily at no charge for Norway residents.
Norway city officials added that they will be doing a leaf pick-up at a later date.
Other items that can be dropped off at the construction dumpster include metals, building materials from small remodeling projects, furniture, refrigerators and freezers tagged with a sticker showing that freon was removed, and concrete broken up into pieces one foot square.
Items like paper, waste oil and batteries can be brought to the Dickinson County Solid Waste Processing facility in Quinnesec at no charge. The facility is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.
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