Ann Arbor's seasonal
compost collection program runs between April and December each year. For
2014, seasonal compost collection will begin March 31 and go through December 5
with weekly pickups (from paper yard waste bags, compost carts and bundled
brush) on normal solid waste collection days.
Exciting News: The City of Ann Arbor is pleased to announce the compost program is expanding. Effective in March 2014, compost cart owners can begin placing all "plate scrapings" into the compost cart – including meat, bones and other leftovers. To help you get your plate scrapings from the kitchen to the cart, compost cart owners qualify for a free 1.9 gallon kitchen composter. Cart owners will receive a postcard in the mail with information on how to claim the new composter. This attractive unit — designed to fit on an average kitchen countertop — allows composters to conveniently collect their plate scrapings without having to take dishes to the cart. The composter should be emptied on a regular basis into your compost cart and never placed at the curb. The unit is dishwasher safe, comes with an ergonomic handle, a vented lid, and has a locking lid designed not to pop open even if it falls from the counter.
If you would prefer to use a bag liner in your kitchen composter, BPI-certified compostable bags are allowed and available for $2 per box. Please do not use or place plastic bags in your kitchen composter or compost cart. If you don't own a compost cart, you may purchase them for $25 from the Customer Service Center located at Larcom City Hall, 301 E. Huron St. open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
The compost program also accepts yard trimmings such as leaves, plants, garden debris, twigs, and branches up to 6 inches in diameter and 4 feet in length. Ann Arbor residents using optional compost carts may also place grass clippings, fruit and vegetable scraps, and leaves inside the carts for municipal collection.
Bulk municipal compost and mulch are available for sale year round from the Ann Arbor Compost Center at 4150 Platt Road, Ann Arbor 48108, 734.489.4518, open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Compost Center is also open on spring Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon during April, May and June. Mechanically-loaded cured and screened municipal compost and mulch are sold for $18/cubic yard (plus tax), minimum two cubic yards per visit, while supplies are available. Customers may pay by check or credit card; no cash is accepted. Compost delivery is also available. For pricing and scheduling, please call Don Butynski with We Care Organics at 734.489.4518.
Free compost or mulch for Ann Arbor residents, only, is available on Saturdays, April 5 through June 28, 2014, from 8 a.m. to noon, while supplies last. Residents drive to the scale house at 4150 Platt Road and provide proof of Ann Arbor city residency — a recent water bill or driver's license. The scale house operator will then direct residents to the location of the free compost and mulch. Limit is 6 bushels (or 1 cubic yard) per household of compost, mulch, or any combination thereof per year. Residents must bring their own shovel and containers.
The Drop-Off Station (DOS) for bushel and cubic yard sales: Compost, woodchip, and mulch are sold by the bushel and cubic yard at the Drop-Off Station (DOS), 2950 E. Ellsworth Road, 734.971.7400. Customers pay at the DOS gatehouse and proceed to the designated area for drop off or pick up. The DOS also provides for-fee delivery of compost, woodchip, and mulch. Compost is $20 per cubic yard plus tax. If mechanical loading is required there is a $3 loading charge, there are no additional fees for customers loading their own compost.
The Drop-Off Station (DOS) is open three days per week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (non holidays). Cash, checks or credit cards are accepted at this location. The $3 DOS entry fee is waived for customers only purchasing compost, woodchips or mulch. Please call the DOS for current rates or check www.recycleannarbor.org.