Trash, Recycling & Compost

Trash, Recycling & Compost

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Memorial Day

The Memorial Day holiday Monday, May 29, 2023 will result in delay of the City of Ann Arbor trash, recycling and compost curbside collection. 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 3. Commercial customers with weekly Saturday service through the city franchise with Waste Management will receive Saturday pickups without delays. 


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​​2023 Holidays​​

  • Monday, May 29 - Memorial Day. Service shifted by one day, collections to occur Tuesday – Saturday.

  • Tuesday, July 4 - Fourth of July. Service shifted by one day. Monday will be collected as normal, remainder will be Wednesday – Saturday.​

  • Monday, Sept. 4 - Labor Day. Service shifted by one day, collections to occur Tuesday – Saturday. 

  • Thursday, Nov. 23 and 24 - Thanksgiving. Service will be shifted by one day, collections to take place Friday and Saturday. 

  • Monday, Dec. 25 - Christmas Eve (observed). Service​ will be shifted by one day, collections to occur Tuesday - Saturday.

  • Monday, Jan. 1, 2024 - New Year's Eve (observed). Service shifted by one day, collections to occur Tuesday - Saturday.​​

Cart collection​ guidelines

  • ​Carts must be in place before​​ 7 a.m. for residential pickup.  Downtown development authority carts must be in place before 4 a.m. ​

  • ​Carts can be placed on the street, unless street is busy or has bike lane. Check out this fun animation!​ If there is a buffer between the bike lane and car lane, place carts on the buffer. If there is no buffer, then place carts on the lawn extension. 

  • Cart handles should be faci​ng away from the street.

  • Carts must be 3 feet apart (see fun animation), lids fully closed and without any trash or debris on top or around them (trash outside the cart will not be picked up).

  • Carts should be brought in by noon the following day.

  • In winter, keep carts a​nd dumpsters free of snow (see fun animation)/ice, unburied from snow banks​ and accessible to collection trucks.​

  • Never place carts on s​now banks, instead shovel out a spot on the road or lawn extension so the cart can sit level.

  • Carts must not exceed 112 pounds for the 32-gallon, 224 pounds for the 64-gallon, or​ 336 pounds for the 96-gallon size. Carts over the limit will not be serviced. 

Solid waste dri​v​ers are essential workers, operating alone​ and​ face many challenges as they work to complete their routes every day. This video shows how drivers must navigate narrow streets while avoiding cars and pedestrians, handle slippery roads and bad weather, all while directing the truck’s articulating arm between obstacles. It’s a stressful, but critical job.​ Citizen actions can make drivers' jobs more or less stressful; please keep them in mind. ​​

Curbside service for people​ with disabilities

Side door or porch set-out service is provided by the city or its authorized contractor to citizens who are physically unable to place their trash or recycling containers at curbside and are unable to make other arrangements to do so. Special pickup service is​ subject to approval by the city following an on-site interview and must be renewed every two years. To arrange an interview, call the city's Customer Service Center Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. at 734.994.7336. ​


Trash Cart.jpgTrash Carts 


 Recycling Cart.jpgRecycling Carts 


Compost Cart.jpgCompost Carts 

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)

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