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*COVID-19 update: Trash and recycling curbside collection is not currently impacted by the city's COVID-19 response. *COVID-19 update: Trash and recycling curbside collection is not currently impacted by the city's COVID-19 response. ​​*COVID-19 update: Trash and recycling curbside collection is not currently impacted by the city's COVID-19 response. ​Service alert: There will be no trash, recycling or compost collection in the City of Ann Arbor on Thursday, July 4. The Thursday pickups will occur on Friday. The normal Friday routes will be serviced on Saturday, July 6. Commercial customers with weekly Saturday service through the city franchise with Waste Management will receive Saturday pickups without delays.Service alert: There will be no trash, recycling or compost collection in the City of Ann Arbor on Thursday, July 4. The Thursday pickups will occur on Friday. The normal Friday routes will be serviced on Saturday, July 6. Commercial customers with weekly Saturday service through the city franchise with Waste Management will receive Saturday pickups without delays.*There will be no trash, recycling or compost collection in the city of Ann Arbor on Memorial Day Monday, May 27. The Monday pickups will instead occur on Tuesday, and the rest of the collections will occur one day later throughout the week. The normal Friday routes will be serviced on Saturday, June 1. Commercial customers with weekly Saturday service through the city franchise with Waste Management will receive Saturday pickups without delays.​​​​​​​​​​

The city provides once a week curbside trash cart collection to all single-​family and duplex residential locations in Ann Arbor. Carts must:

  • ​Stored at the side or​ rear ​of the dwelling.
  • Empty carts must be removed from the curb within 12 hours of service. 
  • Not placed at the curb more than 24 hours ahead of time.​
  • Never be placed in bike lanes.

​Apartments ​and other multi-family locations: The city provides once a week service to dumpsters. Owners must purchase and maintain their own dumpsters. The city does not service wheeled trash dumpsters. 

*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. ​​​

Not allowed in trash

Items that may damage equipment, pose a safety threat to service staff or the environment, or are regulated by the state or Federal government may not be placed in trash, compost or recycling containers serviced by the City. These include:

  • a​nything that won't fit in a cart/dumpster with the lid closed (large items like furniture, mattresses, appliances, etc. will not be picked up if left at the curb and you could be fined). 
  • televisions, computers and other electronics
  • appliances that contain Freon​ (freon removal is provided for a fee at city's Drop-Off Sta​tion​)
  • hot ashes from fireplaces or grills
  • yard trimmings (dispose of yard trimmings in compost carts)
  • liquids, including used motor oil
  • lead acid batteries
  • sewage
  • PCBs
  • radioactive and/or hazardous waste (including asbestos)
  • heavy metal parts
  • fuel and propane tanks
  • automobile, truck or other vehicle parts
  • tires
  • concrete, cement, bricks or mortar
  • rocks
  • construction material
  • tar
  • railroad ties
  • logs
  • tree stumps

Household To​xics such as oil paints, pesticides, solvents, weed killers, drain cleaners, oven cleaners, mercury thermometers, photography and pool chemicals, and other products labeled Danger, Warning, Poison, Flammable or Corrosive. Never discard these items in the trash or flush down the drain. Use them up as described on the label and discard empty container as refuse or deliver partially unused containers to the Washtenaw County Home​ T​oxics Center. ​​

Trash c​arts​

Residents and multi-family buildings can order trash carts by contacting Customer Service at 734.994.7336 or by visiting the first floor of Larcom City Hall located at 301 E. Huron St. weekdays 8a.m.– 5p.m.

Single family/duplex:

  • The first 32- or 64-gallon trash cart is free to new construction or newly annexed properties.

  • Annual $36 fee to upgrade a cart to 96 gallon, which is added to the quartely water bill.

  • Annual $168 fee for each additional trash cart at the same address, which is added to the quarterly water bill.

  • $59 cart service call fee for cart​ deliveries, return of unwanted carts, or cart exchanges. A $15 credit will be applied to downsize a cart from 64 gallon to 32 gallon.

  • $42 can be assessed to power wash overly dirty or foul smelling returned carts.

  • $64 to return to service each cart not set out on time.

Multi-family and apartments:

  • 96-gallon trash carts are provided at a pro-rated level based on number of residential units.
  • Annual $168 fee for each additional trash cart.
  • Locations with 10+ units are required to use trash dumpsters.​​
  • $116 for extra tips for dumpsters serviced by the City.
  • Extra tips for dumpsters serviced by the franchise are available for a fee.  

Business

Commercial trash carts within the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) are assigned to specific businesses and emptied three times a week. The cost billed to the business is $175 per cart, billed quarterly. For information on DDA trash (and free recycling) carts, please contact the Customer Service Center at 734.794.6320 or by email at​ customerservice@a2gov.org.

The City of Ann Arbor has entered into a franchise agreement with Waste Management of Michigan to collect refuse dumpsters and roll-off containers from commercial, industrial, and institutional sites throughout Ann Arbor. Participation in the franchise is required​.  Contact Customer Service to setup franchise trash service. Waste Management can be contacted at: ​​800.796.9696

Learn more about business trash services.​​

Developers

Please refer to this site ​plan guide (PDF) to assist you in submitting site plans to the City for approval. 
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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)
734.994.7336
customerservice@a2gov.org