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Yard Waste and Leaf Collection Information


Yard Waste Collection

Fun Facts

Brighton's Yard Waste program is one of 120 programs across the state of Michigan.

Yard waste is environmentally friendly; when composted:
  • Compost provides nutrients to the soil,
  • Increases beneficial soil organisms (e.g., worms and centipedes),
  • Suppresses plant diseases reducing the need for fertilizers and pesticides,
  • Protects soil from erosion,
  • Assists in pollution remediation.
Yard waste is collected and shipped locally for composting at Tuthill Farms in South Lyon.

The City of Brighton's 2018 curbside yard waste collection program will begin the week of April 9, 2018 and will continue through November November 30, 2018  This service is provided to all City of Brighton residents.
During the spring and summer months, yard waste will be picked up on your regularly-scheduled trash pickup day every other week by our refuse contractor, Waste Management.

The yard waste removal service is provided as part of your City's Refuse Collection services and is paid for by the "Refuse Collection" on your bi-monthly utility bill.  Yard waste services are available any resident that currently receives curbside waste removal services.

Please following this link to access the City's 2018 Yard Waste Calendar.


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.
  • 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 60 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

The City of Brighton’s 2018 Fall Yard Waste and Leaf Collection Program will begin the week of October 1, 2018.  At that time, yard waste and leaf bags will be picked up every week on your normal trash pickup day through November 30, 2018.  

Please store your brown yard waste bags where they are not exposed to heavy rain.  Yard waste bags should be stored in the garage or under an overhang.  If heavy rain is expected in the evening before your pickup day, we are asking residents to place yard waste bags out in the early morning.  Wet, heavy leaves/yard waste can cause collection issues.

Leaf Vacuuming Service

In addition to the weekly Fall Yard Waste and Leaf Collection, the City of Brighton will also offer Leaf Vacuuming
beginning the week of October 9, 2017 through the week of November 27, 2017.

Leaves only will be vacuumed; brush and twigs do not process in the machine. If the leaf pile in front of your home contains sticks and twigs, 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 into the street and/or gutter, which is a change from past instructions. 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.

The leaves will be vacuumed in the areas indicated on the schedule and the map below. If we are scheduled to be in your area, please have your leaves in the street by Monday morning of that week. For live leaf vacuuming updates throughout the season, follow the City of Brighton on Facebook.  

The leaf vacuuming schedule is as follows:
Area #1 (Highlighted in Orange)
First Pass: Week of October 9 Second Pass: Week of November 6
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 16 Second Pass: Week of November 13
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 Purple)
First Pass: Week of October 23 Second Pass: Week of November 20
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.
Area #4 (Highlighted in Teal)
First Pass: Week of October 30 Second Pass: Week of November 27
Devonshire, Robertson, Oak Ridge (including all cul-de sacs and courts), Glenwyth, Cobblestone Court, etc.

Please understand that we strive to remove your leaves in a timely manner after you have raked them to the street and/or gutter. 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.