Yard Waste and Compost

Open Government
Document Center
Meeting Minutes

The Charter Township of Plymouth has extended seasonal curbside collection of yard waste.
The season runs from the first full week in April through the second full week in January.

The 2017 curbside yard waste collection will begin the week of Monday, April 3, 2017 and end the week ending Friday, January 12, 2018.

Yard waste stickers are available at Township Hall. Remember, it is against local and County ordinance to burn garden waste and leaves!


  • Yard waste including leaves, grass clippings, vegetative pruning, garden waste, wood debris and brush can be set out to the curb by 7 am on your regular collection day and no earlier than 6 pm the night before your collection.

  • Brush and branches up to 6 inches in diameter must be tied with string or twine in bundles no longer than 3 feet in length-- no wire or plastic ties.

  • Leaves and grass clippings can be put into paper Yard Waste bags available from various retailers, or in a 35 gallon (maximum size) container identified with a yard waste sticker or marked clearly with 2 large "X"s or "C"s on the container. Yard waste stickers are available at Township offices. Take care to ensure that the label is facing the roadway.

  • Filled containers should not exceed 50 pounds.

  • Yard waste is collected on the same day as your trash and recycling.

Backyard Composting
Here in Michigan there is always the possibility of having a warmer winter, which may allow for earlier growth of grasses, shrubs and other perennials. Since you cannot put yard waste out for curbside collection during the winter months you could consider backyard composting. Compost, which has been coined as "black gold" by many gardeners over the past century, can do wonders for your lawn and gardens.

Yard waste is not the only ingredient in backyard compost. Kitchen scraps can be added as well such has eggshells, fruits and vegetables, coffee grounds, water from steaming your vegetables etc. Absolutely NO meat products should be put in your compost pile. This will ensure your compost is free of foul odors.

There are many different ways of composting from using specially made containers that you purchase, to containers you create yourself, to just a pile or heap in a corner of your yard. Try these links for more information:

Master Composter

Michigan State University Extension

Division of Public Services Fact Sheet-Rouge River Series Guide RRS 3 Backyard Composting