Trash and Recycling Services

Please click this link to see the City's Press Release  regarding trash collection limitations due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Download the City's Trash, Recycling, and Yard Waste Flier

 You can also view the City's Calendar for yard waste / leaf collection pick up days.

Trash Collection

The City of Brighton provides weekly trash collection. On Tuesdays, trash is collected North of Main Street. On Wednesdays, trash is collected south of Main Street.  Only trash that fits in the Waste Management-provided cart will be collected.  If you have more items than what will fit in your cart, please see the "Bulk Items" section below.

Bulk Items
Each residence in the City of Brighton is entitled to one large / bulk item picked up free per calendar year.  If you have something that will not fit in your curb cart (furniture, carpet, appliances, etc.), please contact Waste Management at 866.797.9018 to schedule your item to be picked up on your next regularly-scheduled pick up date.

The Bagster (The Dumpster in a Bag)
The Bagster bag is a heavy-duty bag provided by Waste Management that can hold up to 3,300 pounds of waste and construction debris.

Call 1-877-789-BAGS (2247) or click here to visit Waste Management’s website for complete information on the Bagster

Click here to see a detailed list of what IS and what IS NOT acceptable recycling material.

The City of Brighton recycling program runs year round. Recyclables are collected on the same day as refuse by a dedicated recycling truck.

Recyclable items include newsprint, envelopes without windows, glass, tin/aluminum, magazines, box board, and plastics with numbers #1, #2, #4, #5, and #7.

As with trash, only recycling that fits in the Waste Management-provided cart will be collected.  If you have more items than what will fit in your cart, please see the "Bulk Items" section above.

Household Battery Recycling
The City of Brighton, in cooperation with Livingston County Hazardous Waste Disposal, has two locations where residents can drop off used household batteries.  There are bins in both lobbies of City Hall and the Department of Public Works building.

Razor Recycling
The Gillette Razor Recycling Program, provided through Terracycle, is now available for residents in the City and surrounding areas!  Citizens can drop off all brands of razors, razor blades, and both their rigid and flexible plastic packages at the City’s DPW at 420 S. Third Street.

After the items are received by Terracycle, they are broken down and separated by material.  Plastics are cleaned and pelletized to be recycled into new products, such as picnic tables, park benches, etc.  The metal is sent for smelting and conversion to new alloys.

Fluorescent Compact Bulb, Fluorescent Tubes and Dry Cell Household Battery Recycling
Waste Management offers a way for residents to recycle for fluorescent compact bulbs, fluorescent tubes and dry cell household batteries.  Energy Star Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) consume 75 percent less electricity than incandescent bulbs and last 10 times longer. One CFL can save $30 in energy costs over its lifetime, reduce coal consumption by 200 pounds, and prevent more than 400 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions.

But sustainability is about more than using energy efficient products. It also carries a responsibility to prevent waste of useful materials and to reduce the impact of manufacturing on the environment. For instance, producing an aluminum can from recycled cans consumes 95% less energy than making that same can with raw materials.

By recycling CFL’s, tubes and batteries we reclaim the glass, metals, and plastics used to produce them. But recycling provides an added benefit, as these products contain heavy metals or other toxins that can contaminate the environment if disposed of in a landfill.
Click here to link to the page to purchase your boxes.

Recycle Livingston
170 Catrell Street
Recycle Livingston provides recycling service for paper, plastic, metal/aluminum, glass, Styrofoam, electronics, batteries, etc.  They have just introduced a program to recycle VHS / DVD and CD's.  

Livingston County Recycling Events

Livingston County will be holding four different recycling events this year.  You can click on this link to see a flier with information on all of the events, or read below for more details.  

Scrap Tire Recycling Drop-Off Event
A FREE scrap tire collection for LIVINGSTON COUNTY RESIDENTS to responsibly dispose of car and light truck tires will be held by reservation only on Saturday, September 21, 2019, from 9 am to 1 pm. Drop off location is in Howell. The address will be sent with reservation confirmation. This event is sponsored by a grant from the EGLE (Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy) and is coordinated by the Solid Waste Program within the Livingston County Drain Commissioner’s office.  Per State regulations, there is a limit of 10 tires per resident address.

TV, Computer & Electronics Collection
The Livingston County Solid Waste Program has scheduled their 2019 Electronic-Waste Collection Event on Saturday, August 17, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. – no appointment necessary. This collection is made possible through a grant from Chem-Trend Inc. in cooperation with the Livingston County Drain Commissioner – Solid Waste Program The collection will take place in the parking lot at the East Complex of the Livingston County Offices located at 2300 E. Grand River, Howell, 48843 (behind the Howell Aldi’s grocery store).  This event provides a free and convenient opportunity for Livingston County residents and small businesses (fewer than 10 employees) to safely recycle a variety of electronic waste such as TV’s, computers, printers, monitors, laptops, etc. For a complete list of acceptable items, open the 2019 Electronic Waste Collection Flyer below. Items can only be dropped off on the event day!  

Household Hazardous Waste 

These events provide a free and convenient opportunity for residents to safely eliminate unwanted hazardous materials from their home, workshop and garage. For a complete list of acceptable materials, go to the website at  You can also view the event flyer here.  Items can only be dropped off on event days and only with a required appointment. To schedule a required appointment, call 517-545-9609
** All 2019 events are filled **  Residents are encouraged to to get on the County’s Solid Waste Email List so they will be part of the email blast that goes out in the spring announcing the dates and opening the sign up window.

Compost Bin & Rain Barrel Sale 
Please visit Livingston County's website for details of this event.

The events are made possible through the Livingston County Drain Commissioner and the Livingston County Board of Commissioners. The collections are free to all Livingston County residents, although donations will be accepted to support the program. You must schedule an appointment to take advantage of these events by calling 517-545-9609. Please call or e-mail the office at if you have any questions.

These collections are limited to household items only.  No businesses will be allowed to participate.

For other environmental information and to find additional item recycling locations, follow this link to the Greater Brighton Area Chamber of Commerce's Environmental Council website.

Textile Recycling

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, and Governor Whitmer's Executive Order Issued March 23, 2020, Simple Recycling will be suspending all services until further notice.


Simple Recycling provides collection and recycling of clothing and small household items at no cost to the resident or municipality. This textile recycling program is offered in addition to your residential waste and recycling services through Waste Management.  Simple Recycling collects materials on the same day as your general waste and recycling day and follows the same route as Waste Management.  All Brighton residents currently receiving municipal trash and recycling services will have access to Simple Recycling’s curbside pickup in front of their home.
Other options for participation are available for residents who do not receive municipal waste and recycling services. 
  1. Residents may pick up bags at City Hall or DPW and place out on the curb along the Waste Management route.
  2. Residents may contact Simple Recycling and have bags mailed directly to their home and then drop off on a curb along the Waste Management route.
  3. Simple Recycling will work with Property Managers to supply bags and information to residents in multi-unit complexes/buildings.
Simple Recycling will work with Property Managers to set up a bag/informational display in building lobbies so that residents can access bags and information about where to drop them off for pickup.  Interested residents should contact Simple Recycling and consult with their Property Manager.
How Simple Recycling Works


  1. Fill you orange bag with clothing and household items.  View a List of Acceptable Items.
  2. Set your bags out on the curb on your regular waste and recycling collection day.
  3. Simple Recycling will pick up your bags and leave replacement bags behind.  There is no limit to the amount of bags you can place at the curb.
If you placed Simple Recycling bags out for pickup and they were not taken, you can contact Simple Recycling at 866-835-5068 to coordinate pickup or fill out this form to schedule a pickup with them.
Where Can I Get More Bags?
 When you place a bag on the curb for pickup, Simple Recycling will collect your bags and leave replacement bags behind. If no bags were left behind, contact Simple Recycling for more bags at 866-835-5068 or fill out this form to request more bags.  Bags will be mailed directly to your home.
You can also pick up bags from a Bag Station set up in the lobbies at City Hall and at the Department of Public Works 
Brighton City Hall
200 N First Street
Brighton, MI 48116
Brighton DPW
420 S Third Street
Brighton, MI 48116