Yard Waste Collection
Your yard waste collection is the same day as your regular waste collection. Yard waste is collected curbside from early April until the second Friday in December. We offer several options for curbside collection.
Yard Waste Cart
The cart is $27.50 to order. This is a service fee and is non-refundable. You can Request Yard Services here online. Be sure to have enough funds in your refuse account to cover the service fee.
To enroll and pay by mail, use this form: Yard Waste Cart Program Enrollment Form(PDF, 194KB). Each time you would like your cart emptied, attach a yellow Yard Waste Tag to the cart. Each tag is $6.00.
Yard Waste Paper Bag
You can use a yard waste paper bag for leaves, grass clippings and small twigs. Bags are $2.50 each or come in packs of 5 for $12.50. Items in the yard waste paper bag can't weigh more than 30 pounds.
Yard Waste Bulk Tag
You can use a purple yard waste bulk tag for bundles of larger twigs or branches. You may also attach this tag to a non-city paper yard waste bag. These tags cost $2.50 each. Bundled branches and twigs shouldn’t be more than 4 feet long or 2 inches in diameter.
You can buy City yard waste cart tags, paper bags, and purple bulk tags at City Hall. You can also buy them at select supermarkets. For a complete list of sellers near you, click here(PDF, 143KB).
Yard Waste Materials
Yard Waste includes
- Grass clippings
- Twigs (less than two inches in diameter)
- Garden Plants
Yard Waste does not include
- Broken concrete
- Tree limbs
- Railroad Tires
- Animal feces and dead animals
Request Yard Waste Services
Do you have yards waste needs? Click below to request yard waste services:
Request Yard Services
About the Composting Site
The City of Grand Rapids offers residents a drop-off site for their yard waste. You can drop-off leaves, brush, and tree branches at 2001 Butterworth SW, April through the second Saturday in December. This is offered to Grand Rapids residents only, so bring ID for proof of residence. Yard waste must be loose or in a paper bag. Plastic bags are not allowed.
Hours of Operation
April - Mid december
Monday - Saturday 7:30 to 4:30
Monday - Friday 7:30 to 4:30
Our yard waste drop off site is meant for residential yard waste only. Commercial contractors that want to use this site will need to work with our composting vendor We Care Denali who manages the on site operations. Commercial contractors will need to weigh material on our scale and pay the tipping fee.
For inquiries on commercial contractors using this site, please call WeCare Denali directly at 616-685-5164
Mulch and Compost Pickup - 2,000 yards of mulch and compost will be available each season. City resident will be allowed to pick up to one cubic yard each season on a fist come basis. Compost and mulch are available for pickup during normal business hours each Saturday. If you would like to purchase more material beyond the one yard prices are as follows:
Screened Compost - $19 per cubic yard
Mixed Mulch - $9 per cubic yard
Wood Chips - FREE and $5 to load
Spring Soil - $19 per cubic yard
Not sure if your yard waste is eligible for drop off? Call 311 or 616-456-3000 to make sure.