Yard Waste & Compost

Annual Program

The annual yard waste removal program begins in April and lasts until the beginning or middle of December. Specific start and stop dates each year are weather-dependent and are posted on this Public Services webpage. Yard waste removal includes picking up and removing properly contained vegetation, grass clippings, brush, and leaves. Green For Life (GFL) will collect compost materials on your regular rubbish pickup day.

Branch Chipping

Branch chipping provided by the Township will be discontinued on May 13, 2024.

NEW 95-gallon Cart Service from GFL

GFL has agreed to provide a pickup service for 95-gallon yard waste/compost carts for our residents. These carts cost $85 each and can be ordered directly from GFL beginning April 1, 2024. GFL will start servicing compost carts on May 1, 2024.


  • All yard waste must be placed inside paper compost bags, 32-gallon trash cans, or 95-gallon carts with no plastic bags. 
  • Vines must be placed in yard waste bags or compost cans for collection on your trash service day
  • Sod and dirt are not accepted
  • Compost containers must be affixed with compost stickers available at the Department of Public Services or by calling 586-286-9300.

Branches collected by GFL must be:

  • Cut less than 4 feet in length
  • Tied in bundles weighing less than 50 lbs. or placed in 32-gallon yard waste bags that can be marked COMPOST
  • Placed at the curb by 7 a.m. on your scheduled trash service day
  • Branches resulting from work done by private contractors will not be collected
  • No stumps, logs, rootballs, or firewood will be collected or chipped

Branches dropped off by a Resident

Residents may drop off branches at the DPW barn by appointment only. The address is 38201 Garfield Rd. (on the west side) south of Clinton River Rd. Call 586-286-9300 to make an appointment. Hours of operation are M-F, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Appointments will be available from May 1, 2024, through mid-June 2024.

  • Branches of any length will be accepted
  • Residents must show proof of residency  
  • Branches resulting from work done by private contractors will not be accepted
  • DPW employee will not assist in removing branches from resident vehicles
  • The drop-off site will only accept branches for chipping
  • The drop-off site will not accept sod, stumps, logs, firewood, grass clippings, leaves, or rocks
  • DPW employee on site has the right to refuse a drop-off