Curbside Compost Collection Begins Monday, April 1

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Archived News Release: March 18, 2019 - ​The weekly curbside collection of compostable material in the city of Ann Arbor resumes Monday, April 1, 2019, on regular collection days. Compost season runs through Friday, Dec. 6, 2019.

Residents can take advantage of curbside composting by utilizing optional compost carts, yard waste bags or by bundling larger branches/brush and placing at the curb.

Acceptable compost material includes:

  • Plate scrapings and food waste (including meat and bones)*

  • Bamboo dinnerware*

  • Grass clippings*

  • BPI certified compostable bags, containers, silverware, etc.

  • Leaves and brush

  • Branches less than 6 inches in diameter (must fit in cart with lid closed)

  • Unpainted, untreated lumber (must fit in cart with lid closed)

  • Weeds

  • Undecorated and cut up Christmas trees

  • Garden pruning and surplus, crab apples, etc.

*Items may only be placed in optional compost carts, which are available for purchase from the Customer Service Center, open weekdays from 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. at 301 E. Huron St., 734.994.7336. Visit for sizes, pricing and delivery fees.

Bundled brush or tree limbs, four feet or less, can be tied with natural twine in bundles up to 18 inches in diameter, and weighing no more than 50 pounds, can be left at the curb for pickup. Individual tree limbs must be no more than 6 inches in diameter. 

Participating residents must place their compostables at the curb before 7 a.m. on their weekly waste collection day — allowing at least 3 feet between each cart with clearance from any obstacles overhead. Carts should be placed on lawn extensions, whenever possible, and never left in bike lanes.

These items are prohibited from compost carts and yard waste bags:

  • Plastic bags

  • PLA biodegradable plastic

  • Trash and recyclables

  • Stones, dirt or sod

  • Animal waste or kitty litter

  • Logs (over 6 inches in diameter)

  • Tree stumps

  • Painted or treated wood

Compost drop-off o​​​ptions

Ann Arbor residents may drop off 1 cubic yard, per household, per day, of acceptable compost material, at no charge, to the Ann Arbor compost facility located at 4170 Platt Road. A valid city of Ann Arbor driver's license or a recent water bill is required as address verification. Acceptable material includes:

  • Grass, leaves, and other vegetation — must be clean and free of brush/wood

  • Mixed yard waste/brush/pallets (no plywood or OSB)

  • Wood chips – must be clean

City landlords, owners of multiple single-family properties and businesses are not eligible for this program.

Free compost for ​Ann Arbor residents

Free compost or mulch, up to one cubic yard, is available, for a limited time, to Ann Arbor residents. This material can be picked up on Saturdays only, 8 a.m.–noon between April 13 and June 29, 2019, or while supplies last.

In order to obtain free compost or mulch, a valid city of Ann Arbor driver's license or a recent water bill is required. The limit is 1 cubic yard of compost and/or mulch per household. Residents must visit the scale house before they begin pick up in order to verify their address. Follow the signs for the scale house after entering on Platt Road.

Please note that this is a self-loading program, therefore each resident must bring their own shovel and containers they may need for loading.​

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Media Contact Information

Robert Kellar
Communications Specialist
734.794.6000 x41524
[email protected]

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