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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 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.

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:

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).

The City of Brighton’s curbside yard waste collection program will begin the week of April 10, 2017 and will continue through November 29, 2016  This service is provided to ALL City of Brighton residents.
During the spring and summer months, yard Waste will be picked up on regularly-scheduled trash pickup days every other week by our refuse contractor, Waste Management.

Please note that brush must be cut in 4-foot lengths or less and bundled.  Limbs cannot be greater than 4 inches in diameter.  All grass and leaves must be placed in compostable paper bags or approved and labeled containers.  Bags or containers must be no greater than 60 pounds in weight.  There is a 10-bag or bundle limit per pickup during the spring and summer.

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 2, 2017.  At that time, yard waste / leaf bags are picked up every week on your normal trash pickup day through November 29, 2017.  

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. Please note that brush must be cut in 4-foot lengths or less and bundled.  Limbs cannot be greater than 4 inches in diameter.
  • All grass and leaves must be placed in compostable paper bags.  There is a limit of 10 brown paper bags and/or four-foot bundles of brush, not to exceed 60 pounds per bundle.
  • Place yard waste by the curb by 6:00 am.
TV, Computer, & Electronics Collection
The Livingston County Drain Solid Waste Program, in partnership with Chem-Trend, will be holding an E-Waste Collection event on Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 9 am to 2 pm at the Livingston County East Complex at 2300 E. Grand River Avenue.  Please see the attached flyer for more detailed information.

Household Hazardous Waste
The Livingston County Solid Waste Program has scheduled the 2017 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events. The events provide a free and convenient opportunity for residents to safely eliminate unwanted hazardous materials from their home, workshop and garage. 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.
All events run from 9 am to 12 pm.  The dates of the collections are as follows:

Saturday, May 6th
Saturday July 22nd
Saturday, October 7th, 2017.
Please note that the May 6th and October 7th collections will be held at 418 S. Highlander Way in Howell.  The July 22nd event will be held in Green Oak Township (at the corner of Alan Drive and Grand River).
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.