Yard Waste Collection

Regular yard waste and bulk item collection is scheduled to resume on Monday, June 15. Until City Hall re-opens (tentatively planned for June 15) yard waste bags can be purchased at the East Lansing Farmers Market and bulk item collection payments can be made over the phone by calling (517) 337-9459. The market is open on Sundays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in Valley Court Park, 280 Valley Court.

The City of East Lansing provides yard waste collection for single family households, duplexes and households with one to four units. Yard waste includes leaves, plant materials, grass clippings and brush / limbs. Yard waste may be placed at the curb no earlier than 8 p.m. the day before collection and no later than 7:30 a.m. on the day of collection.

Containing Yard Waste

There are three convenient options to contain yard waste, including:
  • City paper yard waste bags*. Bag must weigh no more than 40 lbs and must be stored in a dry location prior to placing on the curb.
  • Rigid, 32-gallon plastic container or paper bag with City yard waste sticker attached. Must not weigh more than 40 lbs. 
  • Bundled (with string or twine) with a City yard waste sticker attached. Bundles may not be more than 4 feet long and 1 foot in diameter. Individual limbs must be 4 inches in diameter or less. Must not weigh more than 40 lbs.

    Yard waste paper bags and stickers
    can be purchased at various locations throughout East Lansing.

    *Beginning January 1, 2020, the cost of City yard waste bags and stickers will be reduced from $2 to $1.75. In addition to this cost reduction, the City of East Lansing plans to transition out of selling yard waste bags in the near future. Learn more.

Disposing of Yard Waste

There are three options for disposing of yard waste throughout the year.
  • 2020 Curbside Yard Waste Collection (resumes June 15, 2020)
    During the growing seasons, curbside yard waste collection takes place on Mondays (excluding holidays**) and is available by making an Online Collection Request. Online requests must be made 7 a.m. on the Monday of collection (see containment guidelines above). Residents may also call the DPW office to request collection at (517) 337-9459 by 4:30 p.m. on the Friday prior to the Monday collection.
  • 2020 No-Fee Curbside Yard Waste Collection (fall dates TBA)
    Dispose of yard waste for free on two Mondays each spring and fall. Yard waste must be placed in a paper yard waste bag, placed in a rigid plastic container (no larger than 32 gallon) or bundled and placed at the curb by 7:30 a.m. Advanced requests and City bags/stickers are not required on no-fee days. All other containment guidelines do apply (see above). 
  • 2020 Fall Bulk Leaf Collection
    Fall bulk leaf collection is offered on alternating weeks on the City's east and west sides each fall. Collection weeks are as follows:

    West side: Dates TBA

    East side: Dates TBA

    The east side includes the east City limits at Park Lake Road to Abbot Road. The west side includes the west City limits at Coolidge and West roads to Abbot Road. During collection weeks, community members can rake loose yard waste (except brush/limbs) to the curb for free collection. Leaves must be raked to the curb by 7 a.m. on the Mondays of designated collection weeks. 

    Check out the City's new Bulk Leaf Collection Progress Map (GIS) for progress updates each week.
Please refrain from raking leaves into the street. Ordinance 1324 (PDF) prohibits yard waste from being deposited in City parks, alleys, streets, rivers, rights-of-way, drains or any general public property.