Yard Waste Collection

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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 no earlier than 8 p.m. the day before collection and no later than 7:30 a.m. the day of collection.

Containing Yard Waste


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

  • City paper yard waste bags*. Bag must weigh no more than 40 pounds and must be stored in a dry location prior to placing at the curb.
  • Rigid, plastic container (no more than 32 gallons) or paper bag with City yard waste sticker attached. Must not weigh more than 40 pounds. 
  • Bundled (with string or twine) with a City yard waste sticker attached. Bundles may not be more than 4 feet long and 1 foot in diameter. Individual limbs must be 4 inches in diameter or less. Must not weigh more than 40 pounds.

    Yard waste paper bags and stickers
    can be purchased at various locations throughout East Lansing. NEW! yard waste stickers can now also be purchased online**.

    *Please note that the City of East Lansing plans to transition out of selling yard waste bags in the near future.

    **A minimum of five yard waste stickers must be purchased online and it takes five to seven days to receive stickers by mail. Residents are advised to wait to schedule their yard waste collection until their stickers have been received. 

Disposing of Yard Waste


There are three options for disposing of yard waste throughout the year.

  • REGULAR CUBSIDE YARD WASTE COLLECTION (Offered on Mondays beginning April 4, 2022)
    During the growing seasons, curbside yard waste collection takes place on Mondays (excluding holidays and no-fee days - see key dates below) and is available by making an Online Collection Request. Online requests must be made 7 a.m. on the Monday of collection (see containment guidelines above). Residents may also call the DPW office to request collection at (517) 337-9459 by 4 p.m. on the Friday prior to the Monday collection. 

  • NO-FEE CURBSIDE YARD WASTE COLLECTION (offered on alternating Mondays on the east and west sides of the City)

    Spring 2022 Dates
    East Side (homes east of Abbot Road): April 18 & May 9
    West Side (homes west of Abbot Road): April 25 & May 16

    Dispose of yard waste for free on two Mondays each spring and fall. Advanced requests and City bags/stickers are not required on no-fee days. All other containment guidelines do apply (see above).
    Yard waste must be placed in a paper yard waste bag, placed in a rigid plastic container (no more than 32 gallons) or bundled and placed at the curb by 7:30 a.m. The east side includes the east City limits at Park Lake Road to Abbot Road. The west side includes the west City limits at Coolidge and West roads to Abbot Road. 

    PLEASE NOTE: There will be no regular yard waste collection on the City's west side when no-fee yard waste collection is taking place on the City's east side, and vice versa. See key dates below. 

  • 2022 SPRING/SUMMER YARD WASTE COLLECTION - KEY DATES

    EAST SIDE (homes east of Abbot Road)
    April 18 - No-Fee Yard Waste Collection
    April 25 - No Collection (No-Fee Collection Offered on West Side)
    May 2 - Regular Yard Waste Collection 
    May 9 - No-Fee Yard Waste Collection
    May 16 - No Collection (No-Fee Collection Offered on West Side)
    May 23 - Regular Yard Waste Collection
    May 30 - No Collection (Memorial Day)
    July 4 - No Collection (Independence Day)
    Sept. 5 - No Collection (Labor Day)
    All other Mondays - Regular Yard Waste Collection  

    WEST SIDE (homes west of Abbot Road)
    April 18 - No Collection (No-Fee Collection Offered on East Side)
    April 25 - No-Fee Yard Waste Collection
    May 2 - Regular Yard Waste Collection
    May 9 - No Collection (No-Fee Collection Offered on East Side)
    May 16 - No-Fee Yard Waste Collection
    May 23 - Regular Yard Waste Collection
    May 30 - No Collection (Memorial Day)
    July 4 - No Collection (Independence Day)
    Sept. 5 - No Collection (Labor Day)
    All other Mondays - Regular Yard Waste Collection

  • FALL BULK LEAF COLLECTION (offered on alternating Mondays on the east and west sides of the City each fall)

    Fall 2022 Dates - To Be Announced