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​​​Yard trimmings at home   Acceptable and unacceptable material   Preparing compost & cart     Yard trim​mings drop-off & sales 

*The 2020 curbside compost service season ends on Friday, Dec. 11.​  It will begin again in early April 2021.

Free wood chips

Free wood chips will be available to residents at five locations located around the city beginning on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. Residents will be required to load and haul the material away themselves. The wood chips will be available until November or while supplies last.

Locations for free wood chip pick-up include:

  • Veterans Memorial Park, 2150 Jackson Avenue - Map (PDF)
  • Southeast Area Park, 2901 East Ellsworth Road - M​ap (PDF)
  • Almendinger Park, 655 Pauline Boulevard - Map (PDF)
  • Furstenberg Park, 2626 Fuller Road - Map (PDF)
  • 721 North Main Street - Map (PDF) 

Fall leaves

Beginning on Monday, Oct. 12 residents and ​contractors will be able to deliver unlimited amounts of leaves from City of Ann Arbor residential properties to the city's compost facility, located at 4170 Platt Road. We strongly encourage residents and contractors to take advantage of this opportunity to reduce the volumes of bags at the curb, which present a safety risk to staff and hinders the city's ability to service all properties. This opportunity will end on Friday, Dec.​ 11, 2020.​

Dealing with leaves, com​post, yard trimmings and organic material at home

Check out our tips pa​ge for suggestions on how to deal with yard material and ideas for those​ who want to explore alternatives to disposing of compost material at the curb. ​

​Compos​t carts

The City is offering 64 or 96 gallon size compost carts. Residents can pick one up for free or one can be delivered for $59. The first cart is free, addional carts will be charged the additional cart fee.  To order or pick up a cart, please first contact the Customer Service Center by phone at 734.994.7336, or via email at   ​

Carts exceeding 112 pounds for the 32-gallon, 224 pounds for the 64-gallon, or 336 pounds for the 96-gallon size will not be serviced. ​

Acceptable compost materials​​​

  • Plate scrapings and food waste (including meat and bones)*
  • Bamboo dinnerware*​Compost flyer and poster.jpg
  • Grass clippings*
  • BPI certified​ compostable bags, containers, silverware, etc.​
  • Leave​s an​d brush
  • Branches less than 6 inches diameter (must ​fit in cart with lid closed)
  • Unpainted, untreated lumber (must fit in cart with lid closed)
  • Weeds
  • Undecorated and cut up Christmas trees​
  • Garden pruning, garden surplus, crab apples, etc.

*Items for optional compost carts only.

Unacceptable compost materials

  • Plastic bags or containers 
  • Trash and recyclables
  • ​Dirt, rocks, stones or gravel​
  • Sawdust​
  • Branches over 6 inches in diameter or over 4 feet in length
  • Painted or treated wood​
  • Animal waste or cat litter
  • Tree stumps
  • Diapers​
Compost Facility PFAS Fact Sheet - Updated Jan. 28, 2020​

Paper yard bags and bundled brush/tree limbs

Paper yard bags may be used for yard trimmings such as leaves, weeds and other vegetation​. Bundled brush or tree limbs, four feet or less, can be tied with natural twine in bundles up to 18 inches in diameter, can be left at the curb for pickup. Individual tree limbs must be less than 6 inches in diameter.  ​​

As bags can be difficult to service at times while also posing a greater injury and health risk to staff, we are encouraging all composters, who can, to take advantage of carts. If you must use paper yard ​bags, please don’t overload them. If you can’t lift it comfortably, neither can city staff. ​

Preparing compost and cart

Make sure to prepare ​your co​mpost and compo​st cart​ properly for timely service and to avoid odors.​​

Yard material ​drop-off and sales

Ann Arbor's compost facility is located at 4170 Platt Road. The facility is operated by WeCare Denali, and open weekdays 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., and Saturdays ​between April and June from 8 a.m. to noon. 

Ann Arbor residents may deliver 1 cubic yard per household, per day of acceptable yard trimmings and food waste, at no charge, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.–4 p.m. A valid city of Ann Arbor driver's license or a recent water bill is required for this free service.

Visitors to the facility should also be aware that construction will be taking place Monday–Thursday, each week, on the roadway adjacent to the facility. Visitors will still be able to access the facility but are encouraged to utilize Friday and Saturday for drop-off or pickup.

Acceptable drop-off materials include:

  • Grass, leaves, other vegetation – must be clean and free of brush/wood    
  • Mixed yard trimmings/brush/pallets (no plywood or OSB)
  • Wood chips – must be clean
  • Food waste
  • Branches up to 6 inches in diameter

In addition, residents can purchase material. Sales from the facility are per cubic yard, and customers must weigh in and out. 

Materials for sale include:

  • Compost
  • Natural wood mulch
  • Pallet mulch
  • Woodchips

Payments may be made by check or credit card only. Please visit WeCare Denali, or call 734.794.6380, for current fees and pricing. No cash accepted. ​

​Compost facility tours

*​The city's compost facility is currently closed for tours until further notice. ​Tours of Ann Arbor's composting facility are available to the public. Located at 4150 Platt Road in Ann Arbor, each 1 hour tour will​ include a description of industrial composting, overview of the equipment and facility as well as a look at the finished compost product. Tours start at noon on the second Wednesday of the month with one Saturday tour as noted below.  There will also be tours during the Department of Public Work's Open House in October.  Date to be determined. ​​

For more information on the tours, please contact Don Butynski 734.489.4518 or

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


Customer Service Center

Larcom City Hall, first floor 
8.00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday (except holidays)

301 E. Huron St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Assistance by phone or email 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday (except holidays)