Trash, Recycling, Yard, and Other Waste

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
  • Leaves
  • Brush
  • Twigs (less than two inches in diameter)
  • Garden Plants

Yard Waste does not include:

  • Sod
  • Dirt
  • Stones
  • Broken concrete
  • Trees
  • Tree limbs
  • Logs
  • Railroad Tires
  • Stumps
  • 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

Drop-Off Site

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.

Request Recycling Services
Do you need someone to take care of your recycling needs? You can request this service online.

Request Recycling Services

Single Stream Recycling Program

Since 2010, the City of Grand Rapids has offered a new and improved way of recycling. We call it "Single Stream" recycling. This recycling program allows you to place all of your clean recyclable materials in one cart. You no longer need to sort your recyclables. This makes recycling easier for residents.

Single Stream Recycling

Do you have large trash items that need to be picked up for collection, but it can't fit in your trash can? We can help you.

Bulk Item Collections
Bulky items and/or appliances with a City sticker will be collected within 3 business days of your refuse collection day. Be sure to put your bulk item(s) out on your collection day before 7:00 AM. Any large item place at the curb without a sticker will not be collected and the property owner may receive a notice of violation.

City Bulk Stickers
You'll need to purchase a City bulk sticker for collection. Bulk stickers are for either type of item and are $30. You can purchase bulk items stickers at our Customer Service storefront located on the "M" level of City Hall. You can also purchase stickers at select supermarkets and some neighborhood stores.

View a list of stores that sell bulk item stickers near you here

Material Requiring a Sticker

A City Bulk Sticker is to be used when disposing the following items:


  • Air Conditioners 
  • Dishwashers 
  • Dryers 
  • Garbage Disposals
  • Furnaces
  • Freezers*
  • Humidifiers/ Dehumidifiers
  • Microwave Ovens
  • Refrigerators*
  • Trash compactors
  • Washers
  • Water Heaters

*Refrigerator and freezer doors must be removed for collection


  • Bed frames
  • Buffets
  • Couches
  • Dressers
  • Hutches
  • Love seats
  • Recliners
  • Stereo Cabinets
  • Wall Units

Household Items

  • Bathtubs
  • Box springs
  • Garage Doors
  • Glass or Wood doors
  • Mattresses
  • Sinks
  • Sliding Doors 
  • Televisions
  • Window Awnings


Still have questions about bulk items and appliance disposal? Call 311. One of our Customer Service agents will be glad to help you. 

Waste Collection

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