Yard Waste Collection

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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. the day of collection.

Fall Bulk Leaf Collection Progress Map


Check the City's progress during fall bulk leaf collection here. 

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 pounds and must be stored in a dry location prior to placing at the curb.
  • Rigid, plastic container (no more than 32 gallons) or paper bag with City yard waste sticker attached. Must not weigh more than 40 pounds. 
  • 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 pounds.

    Yard waste paper bags and stickers
    can be purchased at various locations throughout East Lansing. NEW! yard waste stickers can now also be purchased online**.

    *Please note that the City of East Lansing plans to transition out of selling yard waste bags in the near future.

    **A minimum of five yard waste stickers must be purchased online and it takes five to seven days to receive stickers by mail. Residents are advised to wait to schedule their yard waste collection until their stickers have been received. 

Disposing of Yard Waste


There are three options for disposing of yard waste throughout the year.

  • REGULAR CUBSIDE YARD WASTE COLLECTION (available April 5 through November 15, 2021)
    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 p.m. on the Friday prior to the Monday collection. 

    PLEASE NOTE: Regular yard waste collection is not offered on the Mondays when no-fee yard waste collection is offered (see dates below). 

  • NO-FEE CURBSIDE YARD WASTE COLLECTION (offered on alternating Mondays on the east and west sides of the City)

    Fall 2021 Dates
    East Side (homes east of Abbot Road): Oct. 11 & Oct. 25
    West Side (homes west of Abbot Road): Oct. 18 & Nov. 1

    Dispose of yard waste for free on two Mondays each spring and fall. Advanced requests and City bags/stickers are not required on no-fee days. All other containment guidelines do apply (see above).
    Yard waste must be placed in a paper yard waste bag, placed in a rigid plastic container (no more than 32 gallons) or bundled and placed at the curb by 7:30 a.m. 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. 

    PLEASE NOTE: There will be no regular yard waste collection on the City's west side when no-fee yard waste collection is taking place on the City's east side, and vice versa. 

  • FALL BULK LEAF COLLECTION (offered on alternating Mondays on the east and west sides of the City)

    Fall 2021 Dates
    West Side (homes west of Abbot Road): Oct. 11, Oct. 25 & Nov. 8
    East Side (homes east of Abbot Road): Oct. 18, Nov. 1 & Nov. 15

    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 7:30 a.m. on the Mondays of designated collection weeks. Fall bulk leaf collection is offered on alternating weeks on the City's east and west sides each fall. 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. Please refrain from raking leaves into the street.