Trash and Recycling Services

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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. Only trash that fits in the Waste Management-provided cart will be collected. If you have more items than what will fit in your cart, please see the "Bulk Items" section below.

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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.

After a resident redeems their one free large/bulk item pickup, additional large/bulk items can be picked up curbside at a cost of $15 per item. Additionally, properly bagged smaller items that will not fit in a curb cart, can also be picked up for an additional charge. Please contact Waste Management for costs.

It is advised to call at least 24 hours prior to your scheduled pick up day to arrange for any bulk or additional bag pick up.

The Bagster (The Dumpster in a Bag)
The Bagster bag is a heavy-duty bag provided by Waste Management 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

Click here to see a detailed list of what IS and what IS NOT acceptable recycling material.

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

Recyclable items include newsprint, envelopes without windows, glass, tin/aluminum, magazines, box board, and plastics with numbers #1, #2, #4, #5, and #7.

As with trash, only recycling that fits in the Waste Management-provided cart will be collected.  If you have more items than what will fit in your cart, please see the "Bulk Items" section above.

Household 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.

Razor Recycling
The Gillette Razor Recycling Program, provided through Terracycle, is now available for residents in the City and surrounding areas! Residents can drop off all brands of razors, razor blades, and both their rigid and flexible plastic packages at the City’s DPW at 420 S. Third Street.

After the items are received by Terracycle, they are broken down and separated by material.  Plastics are cleaned and pelletized to be recycled into new products, such as picnic tables, park benches, etc.  The metal is sent for smelting and conversion to new alloys.

Fluorescent Compact Bulb, Fluorescent Tubes, and Dry Cell Household Battery Recycling
Waste Management offers a way for residents to recycle for fluorescent compact bulbs, fluorescent tubes and dry cell household batteries.  Energy Star Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) consume 75 percent less electricity than incandescent bulbs and last 10 times longer. One CFL can save $30 in energy costs over its lifetime, reduce coal consumption by 200 pounds, and prevent more than 400 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions.

But sustainability is about more than using energy efficient products. It also carries a responsibility to prevent waste of useful materials and to reduce the impact of manufacturing on the environment. For instance, producing an aluminum can from recycled cans consumes 95% less energy than making that same can with raw materials.

By recycling CFL’s, tubes and batteries we reclaim the glass, metals, and plastics used to produce them. But recycling provides an added benefit, as these products contain heavy metals or other toxins that can contaminate the environment if disposed of in a landfill. Click here to link to the page to purchase your boxes.

Recycle Livingston
170 Catrell Street
Recycle 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.  

Livingston County Recycling Events
Livingston County will be holding four different recycling events this year. You can click this link to visit the County’s website with information on all of the events, or read below for more details.  

Scrap Tire Recycling Drop-Off Event
A free scrap tire collection allows for Livingston County residents to responsibly dispose of car and light truck tires is TBD. On line registration is required and there is a limit of 10 tires per address. Please check  frequently as the sign up date and location have not been confirmed yet.

TV, Computer & Electronics Collection
ChemTrend in Howell has once again offered Livingston County an Electronics Recycling Grant.  We are excited to be able to offer 2 Recycling Dates in 2021. No appointments will be necessary.  We have a new location for this event at 3535 Grand Oaks Drive, Howell (Livingston County Road Commission). Dates are July 17, 2021 and October 2, 2021. E-Waste Flyer

There are 3 Household Hazardous Waste Drop Off Events Scheduled for 2021. 
Dates and Locations are listed below: 
May 22, 2021 – Howell
May 22, 2021 Sign Up  Alternate Link:

July 31, 2021 – Green Oak Township
Sign up Link will be added to the Website after the May Event

September 25, 2021 – Howell 
Sign up Link will be added to the Website after the July Event

Website Link is:

Specific Location of each event will be sent with confirmations.
IN THE EVENT THAT A SIGN UP IS FULL - Try again every few days.  People sign up and cancel regularly.  Generally the last week before the event there are also a good amount of cancellations.

These events provide a free and convenient opportunity for residents to safely eliminate unwanted hazardous materials from their home, workshop and garage.  Click on the following link for Accepted Items: HHW Acceptable Items List.  Acceptable Materials List will also be emailed with the online confirmation. Items can only be dropped off on event days and only with a REQUIRED APPOINTMENT. 

Compost Bin & Rain Barrel Sale 
The Rain Barrel & Compost Bin Sale Link is: This event is open until April 19, 2021.  Pickup is scheduled for April 24, 2021. This is a PRE-SALE event only – all ordering must be done online.

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.

For other environmental information and to find additional item recycling locations, follow this link to the Greater Brighton Area Chamber of Commerce's Environmental Council website.

Simple Recycling

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.  Click this link to View a List of Acceptable Items.

Residents can schedule a porch pick up for these items by visiting Simple Recycling’s website at and select “Michigan” from the drop down menu under “SCHEDULE A FREE PICKUP” and select “Get Started”. You will then select your location, select a pick up date and then provide further details.

Where Can I Get More Bags?
You can always request more bags through Simple Recycling by clicking here.  Bags will be mailed directly to your home.

You can also pick up a bag from a Bag Station set up in the lobby at Brighton City Hall and at the Brighton Department of Public Works building.

Brighton City Hall
200 N First Street
Brighton, MI 48116

Brighton DPW
420 S Third Street
Brighton, MI 48116

In addition to Simple Recycling, there are other ways that City residents can recycle unwanted clothing. Donations can be made to the Recycle Livingston, The Salvation Army, local churches, and at approved donation bins located throughout the City. Please see the below map for bin locations.


 85% of all clothing ends up in the landfill

Only 15% is recycled or donated.

95% of worn or torn textiles can be recycled

14.3 million tons of clothing fills our landfills each year


Please remember that textiles are not permitted in your curbside recycling bin.