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Posted on: September 28, 2020

City of East Lansing to Offer No-Fee Yard Waste Collection, Bulk Leaf Collection this Fall

EAST LANSING, Mich. — East Lansing residents are encouraged to mark their calendars for the City of East Lansing’s upcoming no-fee yard waste collection days and fall bulk leaf collection.

Residents should note that no-fee yard waste collection will be offered on alternating weeks on the City's east and west sides this fall. No-fee yard waste collection will be offered on Monday, Oct. 5 and Monday, Oct. 19 on the City’s east side and Monday, Oct. 12 and Monday, Oct. 26 on the City’s west side. The east side includes the east City limits at Park Lake Road to Abbot Road and the west side includes the west City limits at Coolidge and West roads to Abbot Road. On no-fee days, residents can dispose of yard waste for free, without advance requests or City bags/stickers. Yard waste must be placed at the curb by 7:30 a.m. on the Mondays of collection weeks in any paper yard waste bag or rigid plastic container (up to 32 gallons); or bundled with string or twine. Yard waste includes leaves, plant material, grass clippings and brush/limbs. Visit for additional yard waste guidelines.

Fall bulk leaf collection will be offered the weeks of Oct. 12, Oct. 26 and Nov. 9 on the City’s east side and the weeks of Oct. 19, Nov. 2 and Nov. 16 on the City’s west side. Loose yard waste, excluding brush and limbs, can be raked 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. Residents are asked not to rake leaves into the street, as they can be washed into the sewer drains and cause backups.

In addition to these free services, the City’s regular curbside yard waste collection will run through Nov. 6. Regular yard waste collection takes place on Mondays (excluding holidays) and requires City yard waste bags or stickers and a prior collection request. Yard waste bags and stickers can be purchased at various locations throughout East Lansing and online at

Collection requests can be made by visiting or by calling DPW during office hours at (517) 337-9459. Online requests must be made by 7 a.m. on the Monday of collection and phone requests must be made by 4 p.m. on the Friday prior to the Monday collection. Find additional yard waste guidelines at

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