Yard Waste Services

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Step 1.Review the yard waste service season dates

Yard waste service season is between early April and the 2nd Saturday in December. The exact dates depend on weather, so you will want to check back periodically for updates.

Step 2.Review curbside collection options

Your curbside yard waste collection is the same day as your regular waste collection. Don't remember your yard waste collection date? Visit our My Neighborhood page.

  • Yard Waste Cart – The cart is $27.50 to order. Each time you would like your cart emptied, attach a yellow Yard Waste Tag to the cart. Each tag is $6.00. Interested in this option? Fill out this form to order your cart. Refer to our Vendor Location List(PDF, 447KB) to find stores that carry yard waste tags and bags.

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  • Yard Waste Paper Bag – You can use a city 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, give us a call. Our number is in the contact us section of this page.  

Step 3.You may also drop off your yard waste at our composting site

We have a free resident drop off site. It is located at 2001 Butterworth St SW. The site typically opens in early April and closes on the 2nd Saturday in December. This is offered to Grand Rapids residents only, so bring your ID for proof of residence. Yard waste must be loose or in a paper bag. Plastic bags are not allowed. People with hydraulic dump-trailers will be required to manually empty the trailer for safety reasons.

Hours of Operation

April thru Memorial Day

Monday - Friday 7:30 to 6:00

Saturday 7:30 to 4:30

Tuesday after Memorial Day thru 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

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.

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 1 cubic yard each season on a fist come basis. Compost may not be ready until late Spring or early Summer.

Not sure if your yard waste is eligible for drop off? Give us a call. Our number is in the contact us section of this page.

Step 4.Yard Waste Materials 

Yard Waste includes

  • Grass clippings
  • Leaves
  • Brush
  • Twigs (less than two inches in diameter)
  • Garden Plants
  • Tree Limbs - cut 5' or less
  • Logs - cut 5' or less

Yard Waste does not include

  • Sod
  • Dirt
  • Stones
  • Broken concrete
  • Trees
  • Railroad Ties
  • Stumps
  • Animal feces and dead animals

Step 5.Still have questions?

Give us a call.  We are happy to help! You can find our number in the contact us section of this page.

In Person

Step 1.Review the yard waste service season dates

Yard waste service season is between early April and the 2nd Saturday in December. The exact dates depend on weather, so you will want to check back periodically for updates.

Step 2.Review curbside collection options

Your curbside yard waste collection is the same day as your regular waste collection. Don't remember your yard waste collection date? Visit our My Neighborhood page.

  • Yard Waste Cart – The cart is $27.50 to order. Each time you would like your cart emptied, attach a yellow Yard Waste Tag to the cart. Each tag is $6.00. Interested in this option? Stop by the customer service windows in City Hall. We can help you get started.

  • Yard Waste Paper Bag – You can use a city 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. Refer to our Vendor Location List(PDF, 447KB) to find stores that carry yard waste tags and bags.

Our number is in the contact us section of this page.

Step 3.You may also drop off your yard waste at our composting site

We have a free resident drop off site. It is located at 2001 Butterworth St SW. The site typically opens in early April and closes on the 2nd Saturday in December. This is offered to Grand Rapids residents only, so bring your ID for proof of residence. Yard waste must be loose or in a paper bag. Plastic bags are not allowed. People with hydraulic dump-trailers will be required to manually empty the trailer for safety reasons.

Hours of Operation

APRIL THRU MEMORIAL DAY

Monday - Friday 7:30 to 6:00

Saturday 7:30 to 4:30

TUESDAY AFTER MEMORIAL DAY THRU 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

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.

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 1 cubic yard each season on a fist come basis. Compost may not be ready until late Spring or early Summer.

Not sure if your yard waste is eligible for drop off? Give us a call. Our number is in the contact us section of this page.

Step 4.Yard Waste Materials

Yard Waste includes

  • Grass clippings
  • Leaves
  • Brush
  • Twigs (less than two inches in diameter)
  • Garden Plants
  • Tree Limbs - cut 5' or less
  • Logs - cut 5' or less 

Yard Waste does not include

  • Sod
  • Dirt
  • Stones
  • Broken concrete
  • Trees
  • Railroad Ties
  • Stumps
  • Animal feces and dead animals

Step 5.Still have questions?

Give us a call.  We are happy to help! You can find our number in the contact us section of this page.

Paper Form

Step 1.Review the yard waste service season dates

Yard waste service season is between early April and the 2nd Saturday in December. The exact dates depend on weather, so you will want to check back periodically for updates.

Step 2.Review curbside collection options

Your curbside yard waste collection is the same day as your regular waste collection. Don't remember your yard waste collection date? Visit our My Neighborhood page.

  • Yard Waste Cart – The cart is $27.50 to order. Each time you would like your cart emptied, attach a yellow Yard Waste Tag to the cart. Each tag is $6.00. Interested in this option? Give us a call. We will make sure you have everything you need to get started.

  • Yard Waste Paper Bag – You can use a city 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. Refer to our Vendor Location List(PDF, 447KB) to find stores that carry yard waste tags and bags.

Step 3.You may also drop off your yard waste at our composting site

We have a free resident drop off site. It is located at 2001 Butterworth St SW. The site typically opens in early April and closes on the 2nd Saturday in December. This is offered to Grand Rapids residents only, so bring your ID for proof of residence. Yard waste must be loose or in a paper bag. Plastic bags are not allowed. People with hydraulic dump-trailers will be required to manually empty the trailer for safety reasons.

Hours of Operation

APRIL THRU MEMORIAL DAY

Monday - Friday 7:30 to 6:00

Saturday 7:30 to 4:30

TUESDAY AFTER MEMORIAL DAY THRU 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

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.

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 1 cubic yard each season on a fist come basis. Compost may not be ready until late Spring or early Summer.

Not sure if your yard waste is eligible for drop off? Give us a call. Our number is in the contact us section of this page.

Step 4.Yard Waste Materials

Yard Waste includes

  • Grass clippings
  • Leaves
  • Brush
  • Twigs (less than two inches in diameter)
  • Garden Plants
  • Tree Limbs - cut 5' or less
  • Logs - cut 5' or less

Yard Waste does not include

  • Sod
  • Dirt
  • Stones
  • Broken concrete
  • Trees
  • Railroad Ties
  • Stumps
  • Animal feces and dead animals

Step 5.Still have questions?

Give us a call.  We are happy to help! You can find our number in the contact us section of this page.

Phone

Step 1.Review the yard waste service season dates

Yard waste service season is between early April and the 2nd Saturday in December. The exact dates depend on weather, so you will want to check back periodically for updates.

Step 2.Review curbside collection options

Your curbside yard waste collection is the same day as your regular waste collection. Don't remember your yard waste collection date? Visit our My Neighborhood page.

  • Yard Waste Cart – The cart is $27.50 to order. Each time you would like your cart emptied, attach a yellow Yard Waste Tag to the cart. Each tag is $6.00. Interested in this option? Give us a call. We will make sure you have everything you need to get started.

  • Yard Waste Paper Bag – You can use a city 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, give us a call. Our number is in the contact us section of this page.

Step 3.You may also drop off your yard waste at our composting site

We have a free resident drop off site. It is located at 2001 Butterworth St SW. The site typically opens in early April and closes on the 2nd Saturday in December. This is offered to Grand Rapids residents only, so bring your ID for proof of residence. Yard waste must be loose or in a paper bag. Plastic bags are not allowed. People with hydraulic dump-trailers will be required to manually empty the trailer for safety reasons.

Hours of Operation

APRIL THRU MEMORIAL DAY

Monday - Friday 7:30 to 6:00

Saturday 7:30 to 4:30

TUESDAY AFTER MEMORIAL DAY THRU 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

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.

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 1 cubic yard each season on a fist come basis. Compost may not be ready until late Spring or early Summer.

Not sure if your yard waste is eligible for drop off? Give us a call. Our number is in the contact us section of this page.

Step 4.Yard Waste Materials

Yard Waste includes

  • Grass clippings
  • Leaves
  • Brush
  • Twigs (less than two inches in diameter)
  • Garden Plants
  • Tree limbs - cut 5' or less
  • Logs - cut 5' or less

Yard Waste does not include

  • Sod
  • Dirt
  • Stones
  • Broken concrete
  • Trees
  • Railroad Ties
  • Stumps
  • Animal feces and dead animals

Step 5.Still have questions?

Give us a call.  We are happy to help! You can find our number in the contact us section of this page.