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Trash Collection and Recycling


City Council has approved a five-year contract with Waste Management for residential trash service.  Waste Management is our current trash service provider; however, there will be some changes with this new contract.  The most significant change will be that residents will now be provided with a 64-gallon recycle container, with a lid.  We understand it is most people’s desire to recycle more, so we are offering a larger container.  Additionally, the collection process will be done with automated trash trucks, so there is a specific placement location and orientation of the carts that will need to be followed when carts are placed at the curb for collection.  Because the collection is automated, only trash and recycling that fits in the containers will be picked up. 

Carts will begin to be delivered during the last two weeks in June, 2019 and the new contract will be effective beginning July 1, 2019 and will result in a reduction in the monthly cost to residents from $16.01 per month to $15.80.  The cost will increase by 4% each July 1 beginning in 2020.
All of the other services currently offered as part of residential trash service will remain the same, including:

  • Service Days
  • Weekly Recycling Pick Up Service
  • One free bulk item pick up per year
  • Every other week yard waste pickup from April through September, and weekly pick up in October and November
  • The annual Spring Clean Up Event

We thank you for your patience during this transition, and if you have any questions or concerns, please contact the DPW at 810.225.8001.  You can also click below to be directed to a flier containing answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

Download the City's Trash, Recycling, and Yard Waste Flier


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

Additional information is listed on this page.

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.


Click the link below to see a detailed list of what IS and what IS NOT acceptable recycling material.

PDF Waste Management Recycling Guidelines 

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.

Used Battery Recycling

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.

Recycling Livingston

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

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

Livingston County Recycling Events

Livingston County will be holding four different recycling events this year.  You can click on this link to see a flier with information on all of the events, or read below for more details.  

Scrap Tire Recycling Drop-Off Event
The Scrap Tire Recycling Drop off Event will be held on Saturday, September 21, 2019 from 9 am to 1 pm.  You can click on this link to see details of this event.

TV, Computer & Electronics Collection
The E-Waste Collection Drop off Event will be held on Saturday, August 17, 2019 from 9 am to 1 pm.  You can click on this link to see details of this event.

Household Hazardous Waste 

These events provide a free and convenient opportunity for residents to safely eliminate unwanted hazardous materials from their home, workshop and garage.
The 2019 Dates are:
May 4, 2019 - Howell Location
June 29, 2019 - Green Oak Township Location
August 24, 2019 - Howell Location

For a complete list of acceptable materials, go to the website at  You can also view the event flyer here.  Items can only be dropped off on event days and only with a required appointment. To schedule a required appointment, call 517-545-9609.

The events are made possible through the Livingston County Drain Commissioner and the Livingston County Board of Commissioners. The collections are free to all Livingston County residents, although donations will be accepted to support the program. You must schedule an appointment to take advantage of these events by calling 517-545-9609. Please call or e-mail the office at if you have any questions.
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.
Please see the attached flier for details of this event.

Compost Bin & Rain Barrel Sale 
Please see the attached flier for details of this event.

Textile Recycling


Simple Recycling provides collection and recycling of clothing and small household items at no cost to the resident or municipality. This textile recycling program is offered in addition to your residential waste and recycling services through Waste Management.  Simple Recycling collects materials on the same day as your general waste and recycling day and follows the same route as Waste Management.  All Brighton residents currently receiving municipal trash and recycling services will have access to Simple Recycling’s curbside pickup in front of their home.
Other options for participation are available for residents who do not receive municipal waste and recycling services. 
1. Residents may pick up bags at City Hall or DPW and place out on the curb along the Waste Management route 
2. Residents may contact Simple Recycling and have bags mailed directly to their home and then drop off on a curb along the Waste Management route.
3. Simple Recycling will work with Property Managers to supply bags and information to residents in multi-unit complexes/buildings.  Interested residents should contact Simple Recycling and consult with their Property Manager.
4. Simple Recycling will work with Property Managers to set up a bag/informational display in building lobbies so that residents can access bags and information about where to drop them off for pickup.  Interested residents should contact Simple Recycling and consult with their Property Manager.
How Simple Recycling Works

1.  Fill you orange bag with clothing and household items.  View a List of Acceptable Items.
2.  Set your bags out on the curb on your regular waste and recycling collection day.
3.  Simple Recycling will pick up your bags and leave replacement bags behind.  There is no limit to the amount of bags you can place at the curb.

If you placed Simple Recycling bags out for pickup and they were not taken, you can contact Simple Recycling at 866-835-5068 to coordinate pickup or fill out this form to schedule a pickup with them.
Where Can I Get More Bags?
When you place a bag on the curb for pickup, Simple Recycling will collect your bags and leave replacement bags behind. If no bags were left behind, contact Simple Recycling for more bags at 866-835-5068 or fill out this form to request more bags. Bags will be mailed directly to your home.
You can also pick up bags from a Bag Station set up in the lobby at Brighton City Hall and at the Brighton Department of Public Works building (bags will available for pick up at these locations beginning December 4, 2017).
Brighton City Hall
200 N First Street
Brighton, MI 48116
Brighton DPW
420 S Third Street
Brighton, MI 48116