Household Waste Guide

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Yard Waste Disposal

Since March 28, 1995, the burning of yard clippings has been banned in municipalities of 7,500 or more in population, unless specifically authorized by local ordinance. A list of Michigan townships and cities with populations greater than 7,500 with open burning ordinances can be found on the Michigan DEQ website. The primary method of handling yard clippings since the landfill ban has been composting. Composting by homeowners is not required, but it is strongly encouraged. For information about starting backyard composting, contact your local county Cooperative Extension Service.

Since March 28, 1995, yard clippings have been banned from disposal in Michigan municipal solid waste landfills. This ban does not apply to diseased or infested yard clippings. Section 324.11506(7) of Part 115, Solid Waste Management, of the Michigan Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, 1994 PA 451, as amended (Act 451) defines yard clippings as follows:

• Leaves
• Grass clippings
• Vegetable or other garden debris
• Shrubbery, or brush or tree trimmings, less than 4 feet in length and 2 inches in diameter

Yard clippings do not include:

• Agricultural wastes
• Animal waste
• Roots
• Sewage sludge
• Garbage
• Stumps
• Diseased or infested or invasive plants, such as garlic mustard, purple loosestrife, or spotted knapweed, underneath 'stumps'.

Click here for further explanation of the Michigan yard waste landfill ban.


Call for details on what is accepted, how to prepare materials and associated disposal fees.

City or Township Office Contact your city or township office to ask if they provide yard waste drop-off locations.

Private Waste Hauler Many waste hauling companies also provide yard waste disposal pick-up. Contact your waste hauler directly.

  Company Location Information Phone
icon City of Grand Rapids
Streets & Sanitation
2001 Butterworth SW
Grand Rapids
Fees may apply.
icon Spurt Industries
(3 locations)
5204 Adams St.
Zeeland, MI 49684

Accepts: Yard/organic waste, brush,
logs/stumps, construction wood waste
(non-treated), clean wood(structural
lumber, pallets, solid wood, tree chips,
unpainted, unstained, non-glue, untreated),
dirt, soil, sand, clay.
Minimum disposal fee per load;
Additional rates vary per type
and amount of yard waste.

1200 Pettis Ave
Ada, MI 49301
icon Green Rock Landscape Supply 9860 14 Mile Road NE
Rockford, MI 49341
Accepts non-treated wood only.
No leaves or lawn clippings.
icon I.B. Composting 10501 Fillmore
Zeeland, MI 49464
icon Phoenix Resources 10313 Morse Lake Avenue
Alto, MI 49302
Accepts: Dirt, grass, plants, leaves,
treated and untreated wood;
pretty much anything organic
Minimum disposal fee per load
icon Kamps 2900 Peach Ridge NW
Grand Rapids, MI
Accepts non-treated wood less
than 4” in diameter.
No leaves or lawn clippings.
icon Cannonsburg
Wood Products
10251 Northland Drive
Rockford, MI
Accepts only brush and logs -
no pallets, stumps or decking.
icon Renewed Earth Otsego, MI Accepts untreated wood less than
12" in diameter including
pallets & brush.
icon Pitsch Companies 675 Richmond NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Accepts: Household yard waste
Minimum disposal fee per load
icon Organicycle Curbside Composting 5721 Division Ave. South
Suite B
Wyoming, MI 49548
Accepts the following materials for composting:
Paperboard, Cardboard, Christmas Trees,
Food Waste, Newspaper, all types of Paper
(including clean, printed or soiled paper), Sawdust,
Untreated Wood (pallets, branches, trees, etc),
Yard Waste (leaves, grass clippings, stumps, etc.)
Fee-based curbside pickup service available.


Information on home composting:

Kent County Department of Public Works

Kent County MSU Extension Office
836 Fuller NE, Grand Rapids
Master Gardener help-line, (616) 336-3881
General assistance, (616) 336-3265
Composting, soil testing, mowing and mulching tips and fertilizer advice.

West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC)
(616) 451-3051
1007 Lake Drive SE, Grand Rapids
Maintains a library of environmental topics and resources.