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​​​​​​​​​​Ann Arbor's seasonal curbside compost collection program for 2018 begins on Monday, April 2 with weekly pickups (from paper yard waste bags, compost carts and bundle​d brush) on normal ​solid waste collection days​. ​Curbsid​e compost collection ends for the season on Friday, December 7, 2018. ​

Image of a City of Ann Arbor optional compost cartCompost carts

Wheeled compost carts are available to single family homes in Ann Arbor at a cost of $25 for a 96-gallon size.

  • Carts can be delivered for an extra $25.
  • Carts are required for storing grass clippings, plate scrapings and food waste.
  • An additional compost ​cart can be purchased for an additional $50 per household

Paper yard waste bags may be used for yard waste such as leaves, weeds and other vegetation. Bundled, with twine, brush and tree limbs are also accepted if they are no longer than 4-feet and under 18 inches in diameter.

Carts are available f or purchase and pickup at the City Hall Customer Service Center, 301 E. Huron Street, 1st floor. Hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Contact us with questions by email at or phone at 734.994.7336.  

*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. ​

Preparing compost and cart

Make sure to p​repare your compost and compost cart​ properly for timely service and to avoid odors.​

Acceptable compost materials

  • Plate scrapings (including meat and bones), fruits, vegetables​ and other food waste*
  • Grass clippings*
  • ​Properly​-contained leaves
  • Garden pruning's, crab apples, garden surplus, etc. 
  • Brush
  • Weeds
  • Undecorated and cut up Christmas trees 
  • Halloween pumpkins
  • ​Tree branches up to 6 inches in diameter ​
  • BPI certified compostable bags/containers ​

*These items are only accepted in compost carts in order to avoid attracting wildlife, or creating odors and unsafe conditions of wet, overweight, broken bags at the curb. Items placed in compost carts do not need to be bagged or bundled.​

Unacceptable compost materials

Do not place the following items in compost carts or paper yard waste bags: 

  • Refuse
  • ​Dirt
  • Sawdust​
  • Rocks, stones or gravel
  • Branches over 6 inches in diameter or over 4 feet in length
  • Painted wood
  • Treated lumber​
  • Plastic bags or containers
  • Kitty litter or dog waste
  • Diapers​

Yard waste

An​n Arbor residents may deliver acceptable yard waste materials, at no charge, to the City of Ann Arbor Compost Center located at 4170 Platt Road Monday thru Friday, from 8 a.m. till 4 p.m.  In order to drop off yard waste, a valid City of Ann Arbor driver's license or a recent water bill is required.  The yard waste limit is 1 cubic yard per household. ​

Residents must visit the scale house before and after dropping off yard waste in order to verify material weights. Follow the signs for the scale house after entering on Platt Road.  City landlords, owners of multiple single-family properties and businesses are not eligible for this program.

Compost and mulch​ 

Free compost or mulch

Apr. 15 - July 4 or while supplies last (Saturday's only, 8 a.m. - Noon). Residents drive to the scale house at 4170 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.​

*Ann Arbor's compost facility is an active operation and therefore not open to public tours. 

For sale

Bulk municipal compost and mulch are available for sale year round from the Ann Arbor Compost Center at 4170 Platt Road​, Ann Arbor 48108, 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 $19.08​/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 Denali LLC​ at 734.477.0334.​​​

The Drop-Off Station (DOS)​ has compost, woodchip, and mulch for sale by the bushel and cubic yard at 2950 E. Ellsworth Road, 734.971.7400. Customers pay at the DOS gatehouse and proceed to the designated area for pick up. The DOS also provides, for a fee, delivery of compost, woodchip, and mulch. 

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 DOS entry fee is waived for customers only purchasing compost, woodchips or mulch. 

Plea​se call the DOS for current fees and prices​ or visit the DOS website. ​​


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City of Ann Arbor Customer Service
Larcom​ City Hall, First Floor
301 E. Huron St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104 
Assistance M - ​F 7:30am - 5:30pm