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Beginning the week of April 15, the City of Detroit Department of Public Works (DPW) will implement a new schedule and begin collecting yard waste twice a month.

For residents on the east side and in southwest Detroit, DPW crews will collect yard waste during the 1st and 3rd weeks of the month. Residents on the west side will have yard waste collection on the 2nd and 4th weeks of the month.

The collection will occur from mid-April through the first week in December.

DPW will pick up yard waste — leaves, grass clippings, and twigs — on the same day as your scheduled weekly trash collection.

DPW will collect Christmas trees during the first two weeks of January. Place trees near the Courville container on your weekly trash collection day.

All yard waste must be placed at the curb at least six feet from your Courville container in biodegradable paper bags or a personal garbage can. DPW will not collect yard waste in plastic bags. Residents who set out yard waste more than 24 hours before their scheduled pickup will be subject to a fine.

DPW encourages residents to mulch yard clippings and to compost all yard waste, leaves and vegetation matter.

DO place your yard waste at the curb by 7 a.m. on your weekly trash collection day at least six feet away from your Courville container.

DO NOT put yard waste out more than 24 hours before weekly collection day.

DO place your material in biodegradable paper yard bags, which can be purchased at a local hardware or grocery store. You also may place yard waste — not in bags — in a personal can (not to exceed 32 gallons).

DO put branches and twigs less than two inches thick into bundles not to exceed four feet in length. Bundles should be tied.

DO NOT place yard waste in your Courville trash container.

DO NOT put yard waste in plastic bags.

Composting at Home

Learn more about backyard composting and its benefits here.