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Solid Waste Administration

The city's solid waste services ( coordinates residential trash, compost, and commercial trash and recycling collection. Trash, recycling, and compost carts must be placed on the curb before 7 a.m. on normal weekly collection days and removed 24 hrs. following pickup. Carts should be placed in street, on extension if a bike lane or busy street is present, and not exceed weight limits. Persons with a physical handicap can arrange to have trash and recyclables collected from a side door at no charge (call (734) 794-6320). Report missed pickupsat (734) 662-6288, online at, or via the A2 Fix It mobile app.

Residential recycling collection is provided by Recycle Ann Arbor, (734) 662-6288, Recyclables must be rinsed (if used for food), and fit inside the cart with the lid closed. Materials accepted: office paper, newspapers, magazines, "junk mail," phone books, paperback books, paper bags, flattened boxes (cardboard, pizza, cereal, and tissue boxes, etc.), glass containers, metal cans, foil, pie plates, and scrap metal, plastic bottles and tubs (marked 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, and 7 on the triangle on the bottom), empty aerosol cans, milk cartons, and Tetra Pak containers (like those that hold broth, almond milk, and juice). Household scrap metal up to 1 cubic foot and 20 pounds and bulky plastic items (lawn furniture, buckets) may also go in this cart.

Compostable yard waste, plate scrapings (including meat and bones) and fruit and vegetable scraps are collected weekly from April through December 1. Compost carts and can be purchased from the customer service center, 301 E. Huron. Paper yard waste bags (available at local stores) and bundles of brush (less than 4' long, 18" in diameter, and 50 pounds), are also accepted. Prepare fall leaves for weekly curbside compost pickup in bags or carts, or mulch leaves on-site, or compost at home.

Call (734) 794-6320 for information on trash and recycling services for apartments and businesses. All businesses are required to recycle; call (734) 994-7336 to set up free collection service. Commercial trash dumpster pickups are coordinated through a for-fee franchise agreement with Waste Management (800-796-9696).

Learn how to dispose of large items, including furniture and appliances, by visiting or call a private hauler or the Drop-Off Station operated by Recycle Ann Arbor, 2950 E. Ellsworth, (734) 971-7400, open Tues. & Thurs. 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. and Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Entry fee and prices online at There is no additional charge to dispose of household recyclables. For a fee, the Drop-Off Station also accepts large items and other materials that require specialized disposal, such as appliances, electronic devices, and automotive fluids. If you are an Ann Arbor resident, bring a utility bill or driver's license as proof of address, for a discount on yard waste disposal.

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