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Yard Waste Disposal

Yard Waste Disposal

It is the beginning of fall and for many  people that means time to start cleaning  up the yard. After the leaves are raked and  the kids have ! nished jumping into the  colorful piles, residents have a few options  for disposal.

The Wyoming Public Service Center  is available through December 10 for  drop o# s, Mon. - Sat.  Please check the
City of Wyoming website or contact the  Public Works Department for hours, and  remember an I.D. is required for entrance. Also remember bags are not permitted and  no commercial dumping will be allowed.

Residents can also choose to rent a  trailer, which will be available from Sept. 26  through Dec. 1. Trailers are for the disposal  of leaves only, and are delivered and picked  up by City personnel. Reservations must be  made with the Public Works o"  ce 24 hours  in advance. for a trailer.

Trailer Costs:

City Manager's Blog - Fall is here

City Manager's Blog - Fall is here

Fall is on its way and very quickly we are going to see the leaves piling up in our yards. Each year our Public Works Department does its best to help residents dispose of yard waste.
 
Beginning on Sept. 26, residents can rent a trailer from the Public Works Department for the disposal of leaves.  The trailers are delivered and picked up by City of Wyoming personnel, so all you have to do is fill it up.

Small (3-4 cy) $5 weekday; $10 weekend
Large (6-8 cy)  $10 weekday; $20 weekend
 
We also have a yard waste disposal drop off site located at 2660 Burlingame Ave. SW. The location is open Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. through December 10. The site requires ID for entrance.
 

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day

City of Wyoming Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day will be held on Saturday, September 24, 2011, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Clean Water Plant, 2350 Ivanrest Avenue, Wyoming.  

Help keep hazardous waste out of landfills by following proper disposal methods for all waste.  This free, convenient collection site is sponsored by Kent County and the City of Wyoming.  For details about items which will be accepted, visit the County website:  http://www.accesskent.com/YourGovernment/PublicWorks/recycle_household.htm, or call 616-261-3564.

We trade our Urban Wildlife for a rare sighting -- The elusive badger

We trade our Urban Wildlife for a rare sighting -- The elusive badger

Meet Bella, Bucky and Barry:

We leave the urban wildlife in Forest Hills and head to our cabin in Wisconsin.  In Michigan, you would call our cabin a cottage.  In Wisconsin, they are known as cabins.  Anyway I digress - our cabin is on 10 hilly acres of grassland in the bluff country of southern Wisconsin. 

Wisconsin is known as the dairy state, but the “state animal” is not a cow.  It’s the badger.  Yes, Wisconsinites have seen Bucky the Badger, the University of Wisconsin’s mascot.  But very few of them have ever seen a real badger.  Our property in Wisconsin was invaded by three badgers last year!!!!

The first sign of a badger invasion:

The first sign of the badger invasion was the yard, which was dug up.  Badgers prefer to live in open grasslands, fields and pastures.  My husband mows about four acres of our property and lets the rest of the grasses grow wild.

City of Wyoming Extends Yard Waste Drop-Off Hours for Weekend

Wyoming, Mich., June 23 – Due to the storm earlier this week, the City of Wyoming Public Works Department is extending their yard waste drop off site hours for June 23-25.

To assist with clean up, the yard waste site will be open from 7:30 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. on June 23 and 24 and from 8:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 25.

Branches, brush, limbs, grass clippings, vegetable matter and other yard waste items will be accepted.

If residents have questions or concerns they can contact the Wyoming Public Works Department at 530-7260 until 5:00 p.m. on Thursday. The office is not open Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

A break from urban wildlife for a day at the beach

A break from urban wildlife for a day at the beach

LAKE MICHIGAN -  Even a dog has to take a break from all the excitement of his backyard kingdom.  On this sunny summer day, George, my husband, and I head to the beach.  Our friends, Nancy and Don, own a cottage on Lake Michigan, and they have invited the three of us to spend the day at the beach.

This is George’s first visit to Lake Michigan.  The waves were a little intimidating at first.  He would sniff the water, but he would not allow himself to get wet.  He wouldn’t even dip his paw into the water to check it out.  Then something caught his eye.  George noticed the beautiful white birds walking along the water’s edge.  He tried to get close to these interesting critters, but they would simply fly off.

Silly me, I thought seagulls only lived by the ocean, and then I moved to Michigan and discovered the Big Lake is home to a thriving population of seagulls.  I have since learned that seagulls or gulls will live al

Urban Wildlife - Critters who taunt George - Meet Nutty

Urban Wildlife - Critters who taunt George - Meet Nutty

George is one of the most good-natured dogs you will ever meet.  I feel bad for him when “Nutty” and his squirrelly friends taunt him.  I think they realize they are safe around George since he is not very fast on his feet.  We have two types of squirrels living in our backyard: several Fox Squirrels and one American Red Squirrel.

Fox Squirrels are the largest squirrels in Michigan.  They are sometimes confused with the slightly smaller Eastern Gray Squirrel.  The easiest way to tell the difference between the two is Fox Squirrels have reddish-orange bellies, while their cousins, the Gray Squirrels, have white bellies.