Refuse Collection

The City of East Lansing provides refuse collection for single family households, duplexes and households with one to four units.

Easy Carts


Residents can dispose of refuse in either an Easy Cart or Yellow City-issued trash bag. Residents have the option of purchasing a 32-, 64- or 96-gallon Easy Cart for disposing refuse. Refuse should be contained inside the cart. Any refuse that exceeds the Easy Cart must be placed in yellow bags. Easy Carts must be purchased at DPW by calling (517) 337-9459.
Easy Cart One-time Purchase Price Annual Collection Fee
32-gallon $55 $0
64-gallon $70 $0
96-gallon $79 $85

Yellow City-Issued Trash Bags


Residents who do not wish to use an Easy Cart may use City-issued yellow trash bags to dispose of refuse. Yellow bags can be purchased in packages of five for $8.75 at numerous locations. In addition, residents must use City-issued yellow trash bags for additional refuse that does not fit in their Easy Cart.
* Easy Cart use is mandatory for Class 3 and 4 rental properties and for residents in the Hawk Nest, Eagle Eye and Villas at Stratford Place communities.

Collection Schedule (Weekly)


Refuse collection takes place on a weekly schedule, and curbside recycling collection takes place on a bi-weekly schedule. Refuse should placed at the curb by 7:30 a.m. on collection day, but no earlier than 8 p.m. the night before pickup. Trash containers must be stored at the rear or side (placed back at least half the length of the structure) of the house/garage/accessory structure if stored outside (Section 36-85). View the collection schedule: