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​​​ First floor, 301 E. Huron Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

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



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Check out Ann Arbor's campaign to inspire the community to use less stuff and connect with the world around us. This effort arose from a year-long community engagement initiative where the city heard two central themes: community members wanted to see reducing ​waste lifted up as a shared community value, and they wanted to spur an ongoing discussion about how to reduce waste while bettering our lives and strengthening our connections to each other rather than acquiring more stuff.​

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​​2024 Holiday​s​​​​

  • Thursday July 4, Independence Day - Shifted, Thursday collected Friday, Friday collected Saturday.

  • Monday Sept. 2, Labor Day – Shifted one day. Collections will occur Tuesday – Saturday

  • Thursday Nov. 28, Thanksgiving Holliday – Shifted one day, no collection Thursday, instead curbside service will take place Friday and Saturday.

  • Christmas Day (observed) Wednesday Dec. 25 – Shifted one day. Collection Thursday through Saturday.

  • New Year’s Day (observed) Wednesday Jan. 1, 2025 – Shifted one day. Collection will be Thursday - Saturday ​​

Setting out c​arts​

General cart placement video (YouTube)

Carts and bike lanes (YouTube)

  • ​Carts out before​​ 7 a.m. for residential pickup and brought in by noon the following day. Carts in DDA area must be in place before 4 a.m. ​

  • ​Carts can be placed on the curb, unless street is busy or has bike lane. If there is a buffer between the bike/vehicle lane, place carts within the buffer. If there is no buffer, then place carts on lawn extension. 

  • Cart handles must face away from the street.

  • Carts must be 3 feet apart, lids fully closed and without any trash or debris on or around them.

  • In winter, keep carts/​dumpsters free of snow or 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 224 pounds for the 64-gallon or​ 336 pounds for the 96-gallon size. Carts over the limit will not be serviced. 

Solid waste drivers 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 assistance

Side door or porch set-out service is provided by the city or its authorized contractor to residents who are physically unable to place their trash or recycling containers at the curb 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. ​


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