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Seasonal Curbside Compost Collection to Resume Early in Ann Arbor - On March 27

Archived News Release: March 22, 2023 - ​In ongoing efforts to provide storm-related branch collection, the City of Ann Arbor is moving up regular curbside compost collection season by one week, beginning on Monday, March 27, and concluding on Friday, Dec. 8, 2023. Carts, paper yard bags and properly bundled branches may be placed at the curb for pickup one week earlier than originally scheduled.  

In addition, residents (not private contractors or landscapers) can bring material to the city compost facility, 4170 Platt Road, free of charge through the close of business, Monday April 17, 2023. The standard 1 cubic yard per day for-free limit will be waived during this time. For this drop off, the facility will be open Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.–4 p.m. and on Saturday 7–11 a.m. After April 17, the free 1 cubic-yard limit will be reinstated.

The City of Ann Arbor has extended its contract with Davey Tree Expert Company for continued storm-related cleanup. Davey's team will be focusing their resources on removing large brush piles from the curbside areas. Storm-related collection will be done in two parts, with crews collecting bundled branches and chipping larger branches separately.

There will be only one storm-related sweep through the city. Once storm related bundles of small and large branches are collected, crews will not be returning to the location to perform this service. Small bundles of branches can be prepared and picked up per normal compost rules.

Single-family residential properties can get one FREE 64- or 96-gallon compost cart by contacting customer service at 734.994.7336 or [email protected]. Pickup is free, or one can be delivered for $56; additional carts are available for a fee. Visit for sizes and prices.   ​

Paper yard bags and bundled brush/tree limbs 

​​Paper yard bags may be used for yard trimmings such as leaves, weeds and other vegetation (50 pound per bag weight limit). Bundled brush or tree limbs, 4 feet or less, can be tied with natural twine in bundles up to 18 inches in diameter, and left at the curb for pickup. Individual tree limbs must be less 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 not be placed in lanes of travel, either roads or bike lanes, instead using yard extensions or buffer zones as directed.  

For a complete list of allowed compostable material, please visit  

Yard trimmings/waste must not be placed in parks because they may smother and kill plants they cover, disrupt normal decomposition processes, or introduce non-native plants to the area.  

For more information on all compost-related programs and services, including sales and free compost pickup, visit   ​

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Media Contact Information

Robert Kellar
Communications Specialist
734.794.6000 x41524
[email protected]

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