Compost collection, drop off in Ann Arbor to end for season on Friday

Ann Arbor residents can drop off an unlimited amount of leaves at the city's compost facility by December 11, 2020. (Pixabay)

ANN ARBOR – This year’s curbside compost service season will end on Friday and start up again in April 2021.

Friday is also the last day for residents and contractors working on Ann Arbor residential properties to deliver leaves to the city’s compost facility at 4170 Platt Road.

Still planning on composting throughout the winter? Here are the city’s tips.

Need a compost cart? The city offers 64 or 96 gallon compost carts for residents that can be picked up at no cost or delivered for $59. The first cart is free and residents will be charged a fee for additional carts. To order a cart, contact 734-994-7336 or email

  • Acceptable compost materials, according to the city’s website:
  • Plate scrapings and food waste (including meat and bones)
  • Bamboo dinnerware
  • Grass clippings
  • BPI certified compostable bags, containers, silverware, etc.
  • Leaves and brush
  • Branches less than 6 inches diameter (must fit in cart with lid closed)
  • Unpainted, untreated lumber (must fit in cart with lid closed)
  • Weeds
  • Undecorated and cut up Christmas trees
  • Garden pruning, garden surplus, crab apples, etc.

Unacceptable compost materials, according to the city’s website:

  • Plastic bags or containers
  • Trash and recyclables
  • Dirt, rocks, stones or gravel
  • Sawdust
  • Branches over 6 inches in diameter or over 4 feet in length
  • Painted or treated wood
  • Animal waste or cat litter
  • Tree stumps
  • Diapers

Ann Arbor’s compost facility is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Between April and June, it is also open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon.

Ann Arbor residents can deliver one cubic yard per household each day of acceptable food waste and yard trimmings at no cost during weekday hours.

In order to qualify for the free service, a valid city of Ann Arbor driver’s license or a recent water bill must be presented.

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

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

Materials for sale include:

  • Compost
  • Natural wood mulch
  • Pallet mulch
  • Woodchips

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.