Yard Waste and Leaf Collection

Yard Waste Collection

The City of Brighton's 2020 curbside yard waste collection program will begin the week of March 30, 2020 and will continue through November 25. 
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 2020 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.  
  • Yard waste DOES NOT INCLUDE sod, pet waste, branches over 6 inches in diameter, stumps, logs, wood, dirt, rocks, trash.
  • 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 30 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 2020 Fall Yard Waste and Leaf Collection Program will begin the week of October 5, 2020.  At that time, yard waste and leaf bags will be picked up every week on your normal trash pickup day through November 25. During this time, residents are not limited to the number of bags that can be placed at the curb for collection.  This service is provided to all City of Brighton residents.

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 Instructions and Schedule

In addition to the weekly Yard Waste Bag Collection, the City of Brighton will also offer leaf vacuuming beginning the week of October 19, 2020.  The program will continue until all of the leaves are vacuumed or the City needs to change their efforts to snow removal.

The expanded curbside leaf bag pick up and the leaf vacuuming program are necessary to ensure that the least amount of leaves and debris do not remain in streets and on sidewalks, which could cause traffic and pedestrian hazards.  Additionally, removing leaves helps to eliminate them from entering into the City’s storm sewer system causing backups and flooding on City streets.

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 to the curb line of their property.  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.  The schedule is as follows:

Area #1 (Highlighted in Pink)
First Pass: Week of October 19

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 26

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 November 2

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.

 Area #4 (Highlighted in Green)
First Pass: Week of November 9

Devonshire, Robertson, Oak Ridge (including all cul-de sacs and courts), Glenwyth, Cobblestone Court, 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. 

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 to see the schedule map.