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Properly dispose of leaves using compost carts, yard waste bags, mulching in place or creating your own compost pile​. Leaves are not permitted in the street and will A2 fall leaves on the ground.jpgnot be collected if pushed there. Both carts and compost bags are serviced during the compost collection season​. The city will add​ additional vehicles and staff for leaf pickup beginning on Monday, Oct. 14, 2019.​​​

Weekly compostable curb​side

Take advantage of weekly curbside compost pickup​, which includes yard waste bags and compost carts. Collection​ end​s on Friday, Dec. 13, 2019. Compost carts are available and the first one per household is free of charge. Pick up is available 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.​​​ Compost carts can be delivered for a fee. ​​

Compost carts may not exceed 224 pounds for the 64-gallon, or 336 pounds for the ​96-gallon size. Yard waste bags may not exceed 50 pounds. Carts and bags exceeding these limits will not be serviced.  ​

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.​

Final WW cover image.jpgFall leaf drop off option for residents​

Compost center

Free, unlimited leaf drop off from city residents is available between Monday, Oct. 14 and Friday, Dec. 13, 2019, 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. ​