Deciding how to collect leaves and what to do with them is an annual fall headache for many. Royal Oak has made leaf collection easy on its citizens with curbside leaf collection.
Royal Oak has joined many communities in moving toward greener leaf collection measures by banning leaf collection in plastic bags. If you want to bag your leaves, you must purchase special paper leaf collection and yard waste bags. These are readily available in most stores but are quite expensive to purchase, especially for residents on fixed incomes or those with many trees.
Most communities do not allow residents to burn leaves within city limits, either. Smoke from burning leaves pollutes the air and creates problems for many residents with breathing problems. The easiest solution to the annual leaf collection dilemma is to rake your leaves out into the street for the city truck to collect. No bags, no fuss. Residents are reminded that trucks collect leaves only; no yard waste such as branches or grass clippings. Leaves should also not be piled higher than 3 feet or wider than 4 feet. If you have more leaves, the truck will be around at least twice so you may put out two piles. Also, do not block trucks or park on leaves. Visit the Royal Oak city website to find out when your area can expect the city leaf collection truck to come by.