Yard Waste Collection

Yard waste

The City of East Lansing provides yard waste collection for single family households, duplexes and households with one to four units. Yard waste includes leaves, plant materials, grass clippings and brush/limbs.

Yard waste may be placed at the curb after 8 p.m. the day before collection. Before collection, yard waste contained in paper yard waste bags should be stored in a dry location.



There are three convenient options to contain yard waste, including:

  • City paper yard waste bags (bags must weigh no more than 40 pounds).
  • Rigid plastic container (no larger than 32 gallons and/or weigh more than 40 pounds) or paper bag with City yard waste sticker. Do not use Easy Carts or plastic bags to dispose of yard waste.
  • Bundled (with string or twine) with a City yard waste sticker. Bundles may not be more than 4 feet long and 1 foot in diameter and weigh no more than 40 pounds. Individual limbs must be 4 inches in diameter or less.

    Bags and stickers can be purchased at various locations throughout East Lansing.



There are three options for disposing of yard waste throughout the year, including:

  • Curbside Yard Waste Collection (runs November 24, 2014)
    Curbside yard waste collection takes place on Mondays (excluding holidays) and is available via online request. Online requests must be made 7 a.m. on the Monday of collection (see containment guidelines above).

    *The preferred way to submit a request is via the online request form, however, residents can also call the DPW office at (517) 337-9459 by 5 p.m. on the Friday prior to the Monday collection.
  • No-Fee Curbside Yard Waste Collection (October 13 and 27, 2014)
    Dispose of yard waste for free on two Mondays both in the spring and in the fall. Yard waste must be placed in a paper yard waste bag, placed in a rigid plastic container (no larger than 32 gallon) or bundled and placed at the curb by 7:30 a.m. Advance request and City bags/stickers are not required on no-fee days. All other containment guidelines above do apply.
  • Fall Bulk Leaf Collection (Begins October 13, 2014)
    Loose yard waste (excluding brush/limbs) can be raked to the curb for free collection each fall. Collection will take place the weeks of Oct. 13, Oct. 27 and Nov. 10 on the City’s east side (neighborhoods east of Abbot) and the weeks of Oct. 20, Nov. 3 and Nov. 17 on the west side (neighborhoods west of Abbot).


*Ordinance 1324 prohibits yard waste from being deposited in City parks, alleys, streets, rivers, right-of-ways, drains or any general public property.


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