Trash, Recycling & Compost


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​Properly dispose of leaves using yard waste bags or compost carts. Leaves are not permitted in the street and will not be collected if pushed there. Both carts and compost bags are serviced during the compost collection season. ​

Weekly compostable curbside

Weekly curbside compost pickup, which includes yard waste bags and compost carts, ends on Friday, Dec. 21, 2018. Compost carts may be purchased for a one-time charge of $25 from the Customer Service and Payment Center, located at Larcom City Hall, 301 E. Huron, open weekdays 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. You can reach customer service at 734.794.6320.

Alternatives to raking leaves


  • Mulching mower.
  • Mower bag to collect leaves and deposit into yard waste bags or compost cart.
  • Run the leaf blower in reverse, if available, to vacuum up leaves to be bagged/placed in the cart.
  • Create a compost pile to dispose of leaves on your own property.​

truck-of-leaves-color.jpgFall leaf drop off option for residents​

Compost center

Free, unlimited leaf drop off from city residents is available between Monday, Oct. 8 and Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, at the Ann Arbor Compost Center, 4150 Platt Road, open weekdays, 8 a.m.–4 p.m. Ann Arbor commercial properties, and/or their contracted landscapers/haulers, may also use the free drop-off service. Visitors must show proof of Ann Arbor residency (driver's license or current water bill). Free drop off is for Ann Arbor leaves only. Questions? Call 734.794.6380.

Leaf burning: Bad for our health and illegal

Burning leaves produces particulate matter which can be harmful which is why Michigan and City of Ann Arbor law make it illegal to burn leaves with city limits. ​