Your yard waste collection is the same day as your regular waste collection. Yard waste is collected between early April through mid-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 the Yard Waste Cart Program Enrollment Form.
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 5 for $12.50. Items in the yard waste paper bag can't weigh mote 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. View a complete list of sellers near you here(PDF, 146KB).
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 our Compost 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. Early April through mid-December. This service 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. 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.
Hours of Operation
April - Memorial Day
Monday - Friday 7:30 to 6:00
Saturday 7:30 to 4:30
Tuesday after Memorial Day - 2nd Saturday in December
Monday - Saturday 7:30 - 4:30
Holiday Site Closures
Our vendor will close the compost site on the following holidays
New Years Day, Martin Luther King Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day
Not sure if your yard waste is eligible for drop off? Call 311 or 616-456-3000 to make sure.