Detroit yard waste collection to start later, end later this year

  • Yard waste collection expected to begin week of April 27; extended through end of December


Due to the impact of COVID-19, the City of Detroit Department of Public Works announced today the overwhelmingly popular curbside yard waste collection program has been pushed back and is expected to begin the week of April 27. As a result of the delayed start, yard waste collection will be extended through the end of December 2020.

Once yard waste collection begins, residents can place grass clippings, leaves, and small twigs that are no more than two inches in diameter in biodegradable paper bags on their bi-monthly scheduled bulk collection day. Branches and twigs that are up to 4 feet in length and no more than 4 inches in diameter, should be bundled and tied securely and placed at the curbline. Please note, individual bundles should not weigh more than 60 pounds.

When placing bagged yard waste at the curb, we ask that it be at least six feet from the Courville container or in a personal garbage can that is clearly labeled "yard waste" on two sides of the container. The City’s contractors, Advanced Disposal and GFL Environmental, will not collect yard waste in plastic bags.  If yard waste must be disposed of immediately, residents are encouraged to take their yard waste to any of the free drop-off locations below:

  • Southfield Yard, 12255 Southfield Service Drive
    Monday - Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Davison Yard, 8221 W. Davison
    Monday - Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • J. Fons Transfer Station, 6451 E. McNichols
    Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. // Saturday, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

To view information regarding collection schedules, residents should call their assigned contractor:
East and Southwest Detroit residents should call GFL Environmental at (844) 464-3587. West side residents should call Advanced Disposal at (844) 233-8764.
For any additional information and to view a map of collection schedules, please visit


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