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 in by the middle of March 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 outside to the cart. 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 don't own a compost cart, kitchen composters will be available for purchase on April 1st for $25. Kitchen composters will be available through the Customer Service Center located at Larcom City Hall, 301 E. Huron which is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 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.
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 uncoated paper plates, paper cups, and napkins 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 $20/cubic yard (plus tax), minimum two cubic yards per visit, while supplies are available. Compost is and mulch in bushel and yard quantities are also sold at the Drop-Off Station.
Free Compost for Ann Arbor Residents
The following discounts and special offers at the Platt Road Compost Center facility for Ann Arbor residents, only. Residents must stop at the scale house at 4150 Platt Road and provide proof of Ann Arbor residency: a recent water bill and driver’s license.
Free self-loaded compost and mulch for Ann Arbor residents is available on Saturdays, April 6, 2013 through June 29, 2013 from 8 a.m. to noon, while supplies last. Residents must bring their own shovel and containers. The scale house operator will direct the resident to the location of the free compost. Limit 6 bushels (or 1 cubic yard), total, of compost, mulch, or a combination thereof per household.
Free cubic yard of mechanically-loaded compost or mulch with purchase.
Ann Arbor residents are able to receive one free cubic yard of compost or mulch with the purchase of at least one cubic yard of materials ($20 plus tax) from the Compost Center. Residents pay at the scale house, 4150 Platt Road. The scale house operator will radio the field staff to mechanically load the truck. The vehicle must hold a minimum of 2 cubic yards of bulk materials. Limit one free cubic yard per day, while supplies last through October 2013.
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