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Yard Waste

Yard Waste
Yard waste placed in paper leaf bags or regulation sized trash cans is collected curbside, once a week from April to mid-December and is picked up on the same day as your trash and recycling. Leaves that are pushed and/or piled into the street are not allowed and will not be collected.

Curbside yard waste collection runs Monday, April 4th - Thursday, December 15th, 2022.
Yard waste collection will resume the week of April 4th on your regular collection day. Yard waste guidelines are outlined below.

Curbside Collected Yard Waste Items

  • Grass clippings
  • Leaves and twigs
  • Branches under 2" in diameter & 3 feet in length
  • Pine needles and cones
  • Chestnuts and walnuts
  • Apples, pumpkins, corn cobs and husks
  • Small shrubs, shrub clippings and vines
  • Spent flowers, garden plants, prunings and potting soil

Yard Waste Collection Guidelines

  • Yard Waste collection starts the first Monday in April and runs to mid-December.  It is collected weekly on your trash day and must be separate from trash and recycling. Place all items out at the curb before 7 am on your collection day.
  • Yard waste shall be placed in a 35-gallon (maximum) container with a City of Troy Yard Waste sticker (available at City Hall, DPW or Library) or 30-gallon yard waste paper bags. 
  • Yard Waste in plastic bags are NEVER accepted.
  • Containers and bags should not exceed 50lbs and items must be small enough to fit into the container (under 3ft in length).
  • Brush or branches shall be 2 inches in diameter or smaller, cut to under 3 feet in length, bundled and tied. 
  • Yard waste cannot be picked up as trash. State Regulations (DEQ) mandate that yard waste cannot be sent to the landfill.
  • Backyard composting must follow City Ordinance requirements (Section 2.19).

Tree Debris
Tree debris that should be chipped includes branches and sticks that are longer than 3 feet and thicker than 2 inches in diameter. The City does not offer a chipping service. If you need branches or tree debris chipped please contract a private company for this service.

SOCRRA  Compost Site  
1741 School Road, Rochester Hills, MI 48307
(south of Avon Road, between Dequindre and John R.)

Monday thru Thursday 7 am – 5 pm    
Saturday 8 am – 12 pm (MAY AND JUNE ONLY)


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