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Recycle Symbol GraphicThe Charter Township of Ypsilanti contracts curbside recycling pickup with Waste Management in order to provide collection every other week  to all single family, duplex, triplex and quadplex units on public roadways.

Collection is scheduled for every other week on your trash day except where, due to a holiday or unforeseen circumstances, it is necessary to delay collection by one day. In no case will collection occur on Sunday unless the Township Supervisor has given approval in writing.

Curbside Collection Schedule 

2021 Week A Schedule

2021 Week B Schedule


2022 Week A Schedule

2022 Week B Schedule


Contact Residential Services(734) 544-4000

Contact Waste Management: (866) 797-9018 OR (800) 796-9696
Use the online chat feature on the wm.com website or email at: .


Rules for Collection

All items that are acceptable for pick-up according to these rules must be placed at curbside no earlier than 6:00pm on the day before collection and no later than 6:00am on the designated pick up day. Empty containers and/or rejected items must be removed by 6:00am on the day after collection.

Recycle containers must be placed within 4' of the roadway and 4' from other curbside items.


It is necessary for households to separate garbage from recycling materials. You may combine all of your recyclables into one or more bins; the contractor shall not be responsible for separating recyclables from non-incidental amounts of commingled solid waste. There is no limit on the number of recycling containers you can place on the curb for collection but each container with contents must weigh less than 50 pounds (with the exception of the 96-gallon toter).

You may also use a 32-gallon container with handles and a recycle sticker or a Waste Management 96-Gallon Toter Cart (rent from WM for $4.16 per month).

Recycle stickers must be on the side of the can (not on the lid) that is facing towards the street so the driver can identify it as recycling. Stickers are available at no cost in the lobby of the Tilden R. Stumbo Civic Center, Community Center, by Contacting Residential Services(734) 544-4000, or by mail.


The recycling container will remain at the Ypsilanti Township Compost Site during winter months and NOT moved to the Community Center due to non-resident use, trash contamination and non-recyclable materials being left at the site.


Acceptable Plastic: Emptied-rinsed household bottles, jugs, containers (milk, water, butter, soap) that have a #1, 2, 4, 5 or 7 on the bottom; lids and caps included.

Unacceptable Plastic: Unmarked plastics, #3 or 6, hazardous type bottles (antifreeze and motor oil bottles), plastic bags (this would include grocery/convenient store plastic bags or any bags labeled with a recycling logo on it; these bags are all considered trash items)

We have noticed an increase of plastic bags being placed in recycling carts. Plastic bags are a safety concern for employees. Employees sort recyclables by hand and are in direct contact with every piece of material that is delivered to the recycle facility. When plastic bags are mixed in with the acceptable recyclable materials, the bags entwine in the equipment.


Acceptable Glass:  Emptied, rinsed household containers; labels may be left on.

Unacceptable Glass:  Broken glass, beverage glasses, light bulbs, ceramic dishware, windows.


Acceptable Aluminum & Tin:  Non-deposit and deposit cans, small kitchen cookware (free of food), metal pots/pans, disposable pie tins and baking trays.

Unacceptable Aluminum & Tin:  No scrap metal, wire hangers, etc.


Acceptable Paper:  Corrugated cardboard (i.e. 2' x 2', flattened, bundled with duct tape or twine & placed on top of recycle bin), junk mail, brown paper bags, paperboard (i.e. cereal, tissue and show boxes), newspapers, glossy inserts, magazines, catalogs, paperback and hardcover books, telephone books, paper egg cartons, canned beverage cases and paper towel roll.

Unacceptable Paper: Wax paper, tissue paper products, paper towels, napkins, cups, plates, pizza boxes, shredded paper.


Additional Unacceptable Items: No recycling collected in containers that are over 32-gallon size (with exception of the 96-gallon toter), in fabricated containers, drums, or in cardboard boxes. No stacked containers. No styrofoam of any kind/packing material, paint cans, garbage, food waste, propane tanks, medical waste, flammable liquids, household cleaners, chemicals, wood, tires, concrete, garden hose, electrical cords, syringes, needles, household batteries, or hazardous materials.


Thank you for taking the time to recycle the correct items. If you have questions, please review unacceptable recycling items from your Helpful Handbook or contact Residential Services at or (734) 544-4000.

Residents eligible for curbside service are required to place containers at curbside for collection. Curbside refers to that portion of a dedicated public right-of-way adjacent to paved or traveled roadways (including alleys). All items to be picked up under these rules must be placed alongside a public roadway. Waste Management and the Township will not pick-up from private roads. Containers shall be placed in a manner that will not interfere with or endanger the movement of vehicles or pedestrians. When construction work is being performed in the right-of-way, containers shall be placed as close as possible to an access point for the collection vehicle. The contractor shall not be required to pick-up any items that are more than 4' from the edge of the roadway.

Removal of all items as set forth in these rules will be picked up only if they are properly separated and prepared. If material is not properly prepared for removal, Ypsilanti Township or its contracted agent, upon observing a violation of this chapter, may refuse to collect the material. It is then the responsibility of the resident to dispose of the material at his or her own expense within 24 hours. Failure to remove said items from the curb may result in the issuance of a citation per Ypsilanti Township ordinances. Exceptions and variances to the above collection and removal rules are available for residents who are physically incapable to place recyclables, yard waste, or trash at curbside and if no other resident of the same household is capable of carrying these items to the curbside for pick-up. The Township Supervisor or the Environmental Services Director, upon written request, with a physician note may authorize an exception or variance in cases of extreme hardship of practical difficulties. In these instances, special arrangements will be made by Ypsilanti Township or its contracted agent to have collection personnel collect materials.


Charter Township of Ypsilanti  •  7200 S. Huron River Dr. Ypsilanti, Mi 48197  •  (734) 544 - 4000

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