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Yard Waste and Leaf Collection Information

The Curbside Leaf Program has been completed for the 2018 season!!
The DPW employees worked very hard in the snow, ice, and cold to ensure that
all leaves raked to the street were picked up!


Please do not rake more leaves to the curb
as we are putting the equipment away for the winter!


Yard Waste Collection - Download the 2019 Yard Waste Calendar

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 28, 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.


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 22, 2018.

Leaves only will be vacuumed; brush, pine needles, and twigs do not process in the machine.  If the leaf pile in front of your home contains sticks, twigs, or pine needles, 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.  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 map and schedule below.  If we are scheduled to be in your area, please have the leaves in the street by Monday morning of that week.  Click this link  or scroll down to see the schedule map.  The schedule is as follows:
Area #1 (Highlighted in Pink)
First Pass: Week of October 22
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 29
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 Teal)
First Pass: Week of November 5
Devonshire, Robertson, Oak Ridge (including all cul-de sacs and courts), Glenwyth, Cobblestone Court, etc.
Area #4 (Highlighted in Purple)
First Pass: Week of November 12
Fairway Trails, South Third (from Brighton Lake Road to Fairway Trails), Alpine, Whispering Oaks, Woodlake (including all cul-de-sacs and courts), Heathertree, Northern Ridge, Long Leaf Court, Peppergrove, Baywood Circle, Brighton Lake Road (from South Third to Northern Ridge), Lincoln, etc.

A second pass will be made to all areas if weather permits.  Please understand that we strive to remove your leaves in a timely manner after you have raked them to the edge of your property.  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.