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*COVID-19 update: Ann Arbor's curbside compost collection program will begin, as scheduled, on Monday, April 6. However, to ensure the safety of staff and protect them against the possibility of COVID-19 exposure, yard waste bags and bundled brush/limbs will not be serviced at this time. Collection will be done only from carts, using the mechanical arm on solid waste vehicles. To clarify, residents will only be able to use curbside compost service to discard their compost if the materials are placed into their compost carts. 

Trash and recycling curbside collection is not impacted by the city's COVID-19 response. Currently, trash and recycling carts are​ not available for purchase/pick up, compost carts can be ordered for a delivery fee of $59​. Trash and recycling cart delivery is available only in cases of lost or stolen carts. ​​

In addition, the city's compost facility will be closed to all residential and contractor drop-off and compost pick-up operations until further notice. This only applies to visitors to the compost facility, located at 4170 Platt Road.​

Holiday collection schedule​

On specific holidays there is no trash​, recycling, or compost collection. Curbside service will be conducted one day later, with the normal Friday collection days picked up on Saturday during these h​oliday weeks. ​​​​​​

  • Monday, May 25, 2020 (Memorial Day)
  • Monday, September 7, 2020 (Labor Day)
  • Thursday, november 26, 2020 (Thanksgiving Day)
  • Friday, December 25, 2020 (Christmas Day)

Solid waste plan​

Ann Arbor is rethinking waste by taking a fresh look at recycling, trash and compost operations in the City. This strategic approach to future solid waste services will culminate in the creation of a new Solid Waste Resource Management Plan (SWRMP),​ which will set the direction of solid waste operations in Ann Arbor in the years to come.​

Materials Recovery Facility (MRF)

The City hired CB&I (Chicago Bridge and Iron Company Environmental and Infrastructure, Inc.) to examine the City's MRF Operating Contract and compare it with other contracts and business models for MRFs across the country. Recognizing that there have been changes to the recycling market over time, the goal of this study was to evaluate alternative business models and develop a more streamlined contract that reflects current industry best practices and standards.

Solid waste regulations

The regulations that govern solid waste disposal and curbside collection can be found under City Code Chapter 26 of the Ci​ty of Ann Arbor. These regulations can found through a search of ​Ann Arbor's ordinances.

Residential Recycling Service Area​

Refer to this map for the residential recycling service area.

To report missed pickup or other problem, please use A2 Fix It. ​​​

City of Ann Arbor Customer Service
Larcom​ City Hall, First Floor
301 E. Huron St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104 
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