Trash, Recycling & Compost

Trash, Recycling & Compost

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​*COVID-19 update: Ann Arbor's curbside compost collection program will begin, as scheduled, on Monday, April 6. However, to ensure the safety of staff and protect them against the possibility of COVID-19 exposure, yard ​waste bags and bundled brush/limbs will not be serviced at this time. Collection will be done only from carts, using the mechanical arm on solid waste vehicles. To clarify, residents will only be able to use curbside compost service to discard their compost if the materials are placed into their compost carts. 

Trash and recycling curbside collection is not impacted by the city's COVID-19 response. Currently, trash and recycling carts are​ not available for purchase/pick up. Trash and recycling cart delivery is available only in cases of lost or stolen carts. ​

In addition, the city's compost facility will be closed to all residential and contractor drop-off and compost pick-up operations until further notice. This only applies to visitors to the compost facility, located at 4170 Platt Road.

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Cart collection

  • ​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, then place on the extension.

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

  • Carts must be 3 feet apart, 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 free of snow, unburied from snow banks, clear of ice and accessible to collection trucks.​

  • Never place carts on snow banks, instead shovel out a spot on the road or 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 driv​ers, operating alone, face many challenges as they work to complete their routes every day. This video shows how drivers must be adept at navigating narrow streets, avoiding cars and pedestrians, handling slippery roads and bad weather, all while directing the truck’s articulating arm between obstacles. It’s a stressful and absolutely critical job.​

Curbside collection service for persons 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 refuse 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 734.794.6320. ​


Trash Cart.jpgTrash Carts 


 Recycling Cart.jpgRecycling Carts 


Compost Cart.jpgCompost Carts 

To report missed pickup or other problem, please use A2 Fix It. ​​​

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