Ann Arbor compost facility now open for drop-off, sales

Ann Arbor residents have been stockpiling yard waste during the coronavirus pandemic. (Pixabay)

ANN ARBOR – Ann Arbor’s compost facility reopened on Saturday for residents to drop off yard waste bags and materials for sale.

Located at 4170 Platt Road, residents can deliver 1 cubic yard per household, per day of acceptable yard waste materials free of charge with a recent water bill or a valid city of Ann Arbor driver’s license.

Drop-offs are accepted at designated dumpsters behind the blue storage building from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Construction will be taking place Monday through Thursday each week on the road adjacent to the facility. Visitors will be able to use a temporary driveway and are encouraged to visit Friday and Saturday for drop-off or pick up.

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According to the city, acceptable drop-off materials include:

  • Grass, leaves, other vegetation – must be clean and free of brush/wood
  • Mixed yard waste/brush/pallets (no plywood or OSB)
  • Wood chips – must be clean
  • Food waste
  • Branches up to 6 inches in diameter

In addition to drop-offs, residents can once again purchase material that they weigh in and out. Sales are per cubic yard, and materials include:

  • Compost
  • Natural wood mulch
  • Pallet mulch
  • Woodchips

Check and credit cards accepted only.

For current fees and pricing, visit WeCare Denali or call 734-794-6380.

Residents can collect up to one cubic yard of free mulch or compost while supplies last. Pick up is on Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.

As is required for drop-off, a recent water bill or a valid city of Ann Arbor driver’s license is required for pick up.

The program is self-loading, so all residents must bring their own containers and shovel. Visitors are requested to respect physical distancing requirements and stay at least 6 feet apart while at the facility.

For the latest information on composting and tips, visit

About the Author:

Meredith has worked for WDIV since August 2017 and was voted one of Washtenaw County's best journalists in 2019 by eCurrent's readers. She covers the community of Ann Arbor and has a Master's degree in International Broadcast Journalism from City University London, UK.