Yard Waste and Leaf Collection

Yard Waste Collection
The City of Brighton’s curbside yard waste collection program will begin the week of April 5, 2021 and will continue through November 24. 

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.

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 50 pounds in weight. There is a 10-bag or bundle limit per pickup during the spring and summer.

Additionally, the Leaf Collection Program will begin the week of October 4.  At that time, yard waste / leaf bags are picked up every week on your normal trash pickup day through November 24. 

Remember, burning leaves or other yard waste is not allowed in the City of Brighton. 

Please following this link to access the City's 2021 Yard Waste Calendar.

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

Yard Waste Guidelines

  • Yard waste includes leaves, twigs and branches, grass clippings and other organic materials such as flowers, weeds and garden plants.  
  • Yard waste DOES NOT INCLUDE sod, pet waste, branches over 6 inches in diameter, stumps, logs, wood, dirt, rocks, trash.
  • Brush and sticks should be 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.  Bundles should not exceed 30 pounds.
  • All grass and leaves must be placed in compostable paper bags or approved, and properly labeled, containers. Bags should not exceed 60 pounds.
  • There is a 10 bundle pickup limit in the spring and summer.
  • Place yard waste along the curb by 6:00 a.m.

Fall Yard Waste Collection
Waste Management began their weekly yard waste bag collection the week of October 4. This weekly service will
continue through the week of November 22. During this time, residents are not limited to the number of bags that can
be placed at the curb for collection.

In addition to the increased curbside yard waste bag pickup, the City of Brighton will be offering the leaf vacuuming
service, which is scheduled to begin the week of October 11, 2021. The program will continue until all of the leaves are
vacuumed or the City needs to change their efforts to snow removal.
Leaves only will be vacuumed; brush, pine needles, and twigs do not process in the machine. If the leaf pile in front of your
home contains sticks, twigs, or pine needles, the pile will not be vacuumed and you will need to place them in bags for pickup.

Additionally, if there is a vehicle or vehicles parked on or near your leaf pile, they will not be vacuumed. Residents are asked to rake their leaves along the curb line IN the street if possible. Please note that high piles of leaves could cause site view
obstructions for vehicles and may make it difficult for crews to vacuum. Leaves should be spread out along your property’s curb line and not into any lanes of traffic.

The leaves will be vacuumed in the areas indicated on the map and schedule below. If we are scheduled to be in your area,
please have the leaves in the street by Monday morning of that week. The schedule is as follows (map attached):

Area #1 (Highlighted in Pink)
First Pass: Week of October 11
Whitney, Walnut, State, Chestnut, North First through North Seventh, South First through South Seventh (South Third from Main to Brighton Lake Road), Main, Pierce, Franklin, Michigan, Livingston, Lakeside, Brighton, Madison, Washington, etc.

Area #2 (Highlighted in Yellow)
First Pass: Week of October 18
St. Paul, Beaver, Liberty, Flint, Williamsen, Nelson, Hillcrest, School, Church, Leith, North, East, Spencer/Main, Dutcher, Hope, Clark, Kissane, O’Doherty, Maurice, Carney, Becker, etc.

Area #3 (Highlighted in Green)
First Pass: Week of October 25
Devonshire, Robertson, Oak Ridge (including all cul‐de sacs and courts), Glenwyth, Cobblestone Court, etc.

Area #4 (Highlighted in Purple)
First Pass: Week of November 1
Fairway Trails, South Third (from Brighton Lake Road to Fairway Trails), Alpine, Whispering Oaks, Woodlake (including all culde‐sacs and courts), Heathertree, Northern Ridge, Long Leaf Court, Peppergrove, Baywood Circle, Brighton Lake Road (from South Third to Northern Ridge), Lincoln, etc.

Please note that if one area has been completed before the end of the scheduled week, crews will move onto the next areas; however, they will always return to the correct scheduled as noted above. Several passes will be made to all areas if weather permits. Please understand that we strive to remove your leaves in a timely manner after you have raked them to the edge of your property. It is not possible for the City to vacuum leaves on an on‐call basis. Remember, burning your leaves is not allowed per City ordinance.

For more information, questions, or concerns, please contact dps@brightoncity.org or 810‐225‐8001.

Leaf Vacuuming Instructions and Schedule
In addition to the weekly Yard Waste Bag Collection, the City of Brighton will also offer leaf vacuuming beginning in the fall. The program will continue until all of the leaves are vacuumed or the City needs to change their efforts to snow removal.

The expanded curbside leaf bag pick up and the leaf vacuuming program are necessary to ensure that the least amount of leaves and debris do not remain in streets and on sidewalks, which could cause traffic and pedestrian hazards.  Additionally, removing leaves helps to eliminate them from entering into the City’s storm sewer system causing backups and flooding on City streets.

Leaves only will be vacuumed; brush, pine needles, and twigs do not process in the machine.  If the leaf pile in front of your home contains sticks, twigs, or pine needles, the pile will not be vacuumed and you will need to place them in bags for pickup.  Additionally, if there is a vehicle or vehicles parked on or near your leaf pile, they will not be able to vacuum.  Residents are asked to rake their leaves to the curb line of their property.  Please note that high piles of leaves could cause site view obstructions for vehicles and may make it difficult for crews to vacuum.  Leaves should be spread out along your property’s curb line.