Free Wood Chips for Ann Arbor Residents Available Sept. 19; Fall Leaf Operations Season to Begin Oct. 12

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*UPDATED 9/21/20: Links added for map to each location

Archived News Release: September 18, 2020 - City of Ann Arbor Public Works is making free wood chips available to residents at five locations located around the city beginning Saturday, Sept. 19. Residents will be required to load and haul the material away themselves. The wood chips will be available until November or while supplies last.

Locations for free wood chip pi​ckup include:

    • Veterans Memorial Park, 2150 Jackson Avenue -*  Map (PDF)
    • Southeast Area Park, 2901 East Ellsworth Road - * M ap (PDF)
    • Almendinger Park, 655 Pauline Boulevard - * Map (PDF)
    • Furstenberg Park, 2626 Fuller Road - * Map (PDF)
    • 721 North Main Street - * Map (PDF) 

Fall leaf season​​​

On Monday, Oct. 12, fall leaf operations will expand at the Ann Arbor Compost facility, located at 4170 Platt Road, to allow contractors to begin dropping off unlimited amounts of leaves. If a resident or contractor must use many paper yard bags, the city strongly encourages those be brought to the compost facility instead of being left at the curb. Large volumes of bags not only present a safety issue to the staff who must load them by hand, it also hinders the city's ability to service all properties.

To help deal with fall leaves, and to save putting large numbers of paper yard bags at the curb, residents are encouraged to:

More information about wood chips, fall leaves and other compost issues is available at

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Contact Information

Robert Kellar
Communications Specialist
734.794.6000 ext. 41524
[email protected]

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