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The yard waste season generally runs from early-mid April and through November. Yard waste is picked up on the same day as trash and needs to be placed at the curbside by 7:00 a.m. on your collection day.
Yard waste needs to either be placed in paper yard waste bags (these can be purchased at local retailers) or tied together in a bundle by rope or string. Yard waste will not be accepted if it is in anything else including plastic bags. The reason yard waste cannot be accepted in plastic bags is because plastic bags are not compostable and can cause damage to the machinery used to compost yard waste.
No, raking and/or blowing leaves into the street is a violation of City Ordinance. Violators may be issued a citation. If you have a neighbor who is doing this that you would like to report, contact the Public Service Department at (517) 483-4161. Your identity will be kept confidential and a representative will be sent out to follow up on this concern.
Yes, you may have a compost pile or bin in your backyard as long as it is properly maintained; this means that is does not attract pests or disturb your neighbors.
For additional information or to receive a packet on backyard composting, call the CART office or email [email protected].
Compost bins can be purchased at local lawn and garden centers. If you are interested in building your own bin by using pallets, please call the CART office for additional information.
No. By their nature these wastes are very difficult to treat at a municipal treatment plant.
For information on facilities that accept this type of waste, click here.