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The Charter Township of Ypsilanti contracts with Waste Management to provide weekly collection of yard waste to single-family homes, duplex, triples and quadplex units.

Collection occurs weekly 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.

Yard Waste Collection begins the week of April 3, 2023 and ends the week of November 20, 2023.

Curbside Collection Schedule


Contact Residential Services(734) 544-4000 #4

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


Residential Services Office Hours & Location

Monday - Friday
8:30am - 4:30pm (Closed 12:00pm - 1:00pm daily.)

Tilden R. Stumbo Civic Center
7200 S. Huron River Dr.
Ypsilanti, MI 48197


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 5:30am on the designated pick-up day. Empty containers and/or rejected items must be removed by 6:00am on the day after collection.

Yard waste bags or 32-gallon containers with yard waste stickers must be placed within 4' of the roadway and 2' - 4' from other curbside items. If overnight rain is expected, please store yard waste in a dry location and place to the curb no later than 5:30am on your collection day. Wet yard waste may be over the weight limit and if so, will not be collected.


It is necessary for households to separate garbage from yard waste materials.

Yard waste must be in a designated paper-compost bag (available at local retail stores) or in a policy size 32-gallon trash can, metal or plastic container with handles that is designated with Township yard waste stickers.

Kraft Paper Bags (yard waste compost bags) with a capacity of 30-gallons and dimensions of approximately 16" x 12" x 35" are acceptable. Such bags are made out of 2-ply 50# wet-strength Kraft paper and are biodegradable. During the colder months, it is recommended to use yard waste compost bags. Leaves that are frozen in cans cannot be removed.

If you are using a 32-gallon container, the stickers must be on two sides of the can and facing towards the street so the driver can identify it as yard waste.


Stickers are available at no cost in the lobby of the Tilden R. Stumbo Civic Center, Ypsilanti Township Community Center, or by Contacting Residential Services: (734) 544-4000 #4


NO containers over 32-gallons, containers over 50 pounds, yard waste inside a plastic bag, recycle bin, fabricated tubs, stacked containers and/or stacked yard waste bags will be collected. 


Ypsilanti Township residents may dispose of brush/branches (free of charge within size limit of less than 1' in diameter) at the Ypsilanti Township Compost Site.


Acceptable: Grass clippings, vines, leaves, weeds, garden debris, shrubs and brush trimmings less than 2" in diameter.

The Waste Management yard waste truck will collect bundled brush/branches that are 2" in diameter or less; bundles may be 3' - 4' in length and must be bundled with twine or string. No bundles will be collected over 40 pounds or larger than 18" in diameter.


Unacceptable: Miscellaneous waste material resulting from landscaping a residential dwelling which is not appropriate for composting, such as dirt, sod, animal droppings, rubbish, hay, straw, corn stalks, branches over 2" in diameter, stumps, root balls, logs, wood and/or wood chips, rocks, landscaping timbers, all food-type items (i.e. apples, pumpkins, garden foods/etc.), and concrete (see suppliers in yellow pages for disposal of concrete).

It is unlawful to burn any garbage, rubbish or yard waste whatsoever in Ypsilanti Township.

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

Mon. - Fri., 8:30am - 4:30pm  •  Closed 12:00pm - 1:00pm daily