Be a good neighbor! Pack your bulk and yard waste properly!

The Department of Public Works would like to remind residents to follow the city’s guidelines regarding yard waste, bulk collection and illegal dumping. Residents must adhere to the following guidelines to ensure your collection will be picked up on your scheduled pickup date and to prevent being ticketed:

Yard Waste

  • Residents must place grass clippings, leaves, and small twigs that are no more than two inches in diameter in biodegradable paper bags on bi-weekly scheduled bulk collection day
  • Branches and twigs that are up to four feet in length and no more than four inches in diameter, should be bundled and tied securely and placed at the curb (Note: individual bundles should not weigh more than 60 pounds)
  • When placing bagged yard waste at the curb, it must be at least six feet from the trash container or in a personal garbage clearly labeled "yard waste" on two sides of the container
  • Yard waste will not be picked up in plastic bags

Bulk Collection

  • Bulk items should be no more than 1,000 pounds or exceed one cubic yard in volume
  • Examples of bulk items include: Furniture, appliances, air conditioners, hot water tanks, carpeting, mattresses, large toys, etc.
  • Remove doors from appliances before setting out for bulk collection
  • These items are NOT considered bulk items: remodeling or construction debris, household hazardous waste, flammables, explosives, paint, batteries, hazardous or medical wastes, fuel, oil, needles, radioactive materials, chemicals, etc.
  • DO NOT place bulk items in front of vacant lots or homes.

Illegal Dumping
Illegal dumping is not tolerated in the City of Detroit. If you are caught illegal dumping, you will be ticketed. To report illegal dumping, please use the Improve Detroit mobile app. Free dumping is now available for Detroiters, find out where you can dispose of household hazardous waste here.

DPW Paid Pickup
Did you know DPW provides affordable curbside pickup for any bulk and yard waste items that may exceed the city’s collection limits? Call 313-876-0004 to request a quote today.

Thank you for doing your part in being a good neighbor and keeping our city clean and beautiful. For any additional information and to view a map of collection schedules, please visit