Flint City Hall will be closed to the public Thursday, Nov. 23 and Friday, Nov. 24 in observance of Thanksgiving, and will reopen Monday, Nov. 27 with normal business hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The red drop box in front of City Hall will be open for water payments, property taxes, and any other correspondence. Police, fire, the water service center, and the wastewater plant will continue to operate 24 hours a day.
The week of Nov. 20, Priority Waste trash, compost, and recycling collection will be delayed by one day for Thursday and Friday pickups only. Thursday customers will have waste collection on Friday, Nov. 24 and Friday customers will have waste collection on Saturday, Nov. 25. The normal collection schedule will resume the following week.
The week after Thanksgiving, Nov. 27-Dec. 1, will be the last compost collection until Spring. City of Flint residents are required to rake and bag their leaves in paper yard waste bags for curbside collection on weekly trash days.
A limited quantity of yard waste bags are available for residents at the information desk located in the lobby of City Hall. The City of Flint works in partnership with Keep Genesee County Beautiful and Priority Waste on the annual BAG IT! campaign.
The City of Flint is collecting leaves that fall naturally into the street from city-owned trees located between the curb and sidewalk (the public right-of-way). This cleanup will happen once per street and should not be mistaken as an option to replace the leaf-bagging requirement.
The City of Flint began requiring residents to bag leaves over 10 years ago. Raking leaves into the street harms our stormwater system and local waterways and can cause street flooding. That’s why raking leaves into the street is prohibited and can result in a citation.
Stormwater catch basins on city streets flow to creeks and rivers. Residents should never use storm drains, lakes, or waterways to dispose of yard waste as this adds unwanted nutrients that contaminate our water and harm wildlife.
When compost collection ends on Dec. 1, several composting alternatives are available. Residents can mulch leaves with a mower to be used as a natural fertilizer for lawns. Whole or shredded leaves may be used as mulch for the base of trees, shrubs, and flower beds. Shredded leaves can be tilled into a vegetable garden to provide nutrients. Residents can make a compost pile or compost bin. Or, bagged leaves can be stowed away until compost season starts again in April 2024.
City of Flint residents can learn more about waste collection services at this link: https://www.cityofflint.com/sanitation/