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Trash Collection/ Recycling/ Yardwaste & Composting

Please follow this link to be directed to the City's Trash Collection Flyer.  

Additional information is listed on this page.

You can also access the City's Calendar for yard waste / leaf collection pick up days.

Trash Collection

The City of Brighton provides weekly trash collection. On Tuesdays, trash is collected North of Main Street. On Wednesdays, trash is collected south of Main street.

Bulk Items

Each residence in the City of Brighton is entitled to one large / bulk item picked up free per calendar year.  If you have something that will not fit in your curb cart (furniture, carpet, appliances, etc.), please contact Waste Management at 866.797.9018 to schedule your item to be picked up on your next regularly-scheduled pick up date.

The Bagster (The Dumpster in a Bag)

Waste Management introduces their newest addition to their family of products and services

The Bagster bag is a heavy-duty bag that can hold up to 3,300 pounds of waste and construction debris.

Call 1-877-789-BAGS (2247) or click here to visit Waste Management’s website for complete information on the Bagster

Recycling protects the environment by...
  • Conserving resources for our children's future
  • Preventing emissions of many greenhouse gases and water pollutants
  • Saving energy
  • Supplying valuable raw materials to industry
  • Creating jobs
  • Stimulating the development of greener technologies
  • Reducing the need for new landfills and incinerators
The program is one of 200 in the state and more than 9000 in the nation.

By the third quarter of 1999, 326,492 pounds of material was collected.


PDF Waste Management Releases New Recycling Guidelines - 10/19/09

The City of Brighton recycling program runs year round. Recyclables are collected on the same day as refuse by a dedicated recycling truck.

Recycling collection is available for all residents receiving curbside refuse services. Recyclables are not to be placed curbside more than one day before collection. Recycling should be placed curbside next to the cart and not inside of it to ensure proper collection.

Recyclable items include newsprint, envelopes without windows, clear glass, tin/aluminum, magazines, box board, and all plastics.

Non-recyclable items include colored glass, aerosol cans, rubber bands, laminated paper and magnetic materials.

There is no weight limit for recycling pick-up.

The City of Brighton, in cooperation with Livingston County Hazardous Waste Disposal, has two locations where residents can drop off used household batteries.  There are bins in both lobbies of City Hall and the Department of Public Works building.

Recycle Livingston Collection Events:

Recycling Livingston, located at 170 Catrell Street in Howell, 
will be holding two recycling events this spring.  Click the below 
links for the details:

Tire Collection Event 2016

Recycle Livingston Shredding Event 2016

In addition to these special collection events, Recycling Livingston provides recycling service for paper, plastic, metal/aluminum, glass, Styrofoam, electronics, batteries, etc.  They have just introduced a program to recycle VHS / DVD and CD's.  Please see the attached flyer

You can also visit their website at or contact them at 517.548.4439 or

Yard Waste & Composting

Just the Facts!

The program is one of 120 in the state.

Yard waste is environmentally friendly; when composted, it:
  • Provides nutrients to the soil,
  • Increases beneficial soil organisms (e.g., worms and centipedes),
  • Suppresses plant diseases reducing the need for fertilizers and pesticides,
  • Protects soil from erosion,
  • Assists pollution remediation.
Yard waste is collected and shipped to Tuthill Farms Composting (located between Brighton and Whitmore Lake).

Curbside yard waste collection begins the first week in April, and runs EVERY OTHER WEEK on your regular pickup day through the end of September.  Yard waste removal service is provided as part of the Refuse Collection fee paid on your bi-monthly utility bill and is available to any customer that currently receives curbside waste removal services.

The City of Brighton’s Leaf Collection Program will begin the week of October 10, 2016.  Waste Management is picking up yard waste and leaves in the brown yard waste bags every week on normal trash pickup days from October 11th through December 7, 2016.
Residents will note that this is a shift from previous years.  The collection will begin and end two weeks later than before.  This will allow residents more time to have leaves picked up that fall later in the season.

The brown leaf bags will be available beginning Monday, September 26, 2016 at the Department of Public Works Office, 420 S. Third Street.  The office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Due to budgetary constraints, this is the last year that leaf bags will be given out free to residents.  When the inventory of leaf bags that we have in stock is depleted, we will not be ordering any more.

More than 67 percent of the municipal solid waste produced in the United States (including paper) is compostable material; however, certain organic materials should not be composted at home. Before you compost, be aware of what materials are appropriate.


  • Yard waste includes leaves, twigs and branches, grass clippings and other organic materials such as flowers, weeds and garden plants.
  • Yard waste must be packed in brown paper bags, or bundled together. There is a limit of 10 brown paper bags and/or four-foot bundles of brush, not to exceed 60 pounds per bundle.
  • Please place yard waste by the curb by 6:00am.

Household Hazardous Waste

The Livingston County Drain Commissioner's Office, through its Solid Waste Program, will be conducting three Household Hazardous Waste Collections in 2015.  These collections are available to all Livingston County Residents.  Appointments and proof of residence (either by tax receipt or voters registration card) are REQUIRED.
The dates of the collections are as follows:
Saturday, May 21, 2016  – 9:00 am – 12 pm - Howell Location
Saturday, July 30, 2016 – 9:00 am – 12 pm - Green Oak Location
Saturday, October 15, 2016   – 9:00 am – 12 pm - Howell Location
These free events, open to all Livingston County residents, are perfect opportunities to safely eliminate unwanted hazardous chemicals from the home, workshop and/or garage. 
These collections are limited to household items only.
No businesses will be allowed to participate.
All residents MUST schedule an appointment for their drop-offs by calling 517.545.9609.
If you have any questions, please contact the office at the above number or
Also, click on the below link for a list of acceptable materials.