Compost for Ann Arbor

For 2015, seasonal compost collection began Monday, March 30 through Friday, Dec. 4​, with weekly pickups. Apples

Acceptable compostable materials include the following:

  • Plate scrapings (including meat and bones), fruits, vegetables​ and other food waste*
  • ​Bamboo dinnerware*
  • Grass clippings*
  • ​Properly​-contained leaves
  • Garden pruning’s, crab apples, garden surplus, etc.
  • Unpainted, untreated lumber (cart lid must close)
  • Brush
  • Weeds
  • Undecorated and cut up Christmas trees
  • Halloween pumpkins
  • ​Tree branches up to 6 inches in diameter

*These items are only accepted in compost carts in order to avoid attracting wildlife, or creating odors and unsafe conditions of wet, overweight, broken bags at the curb. Items placed in compost carts do not need to be bagged or bundled.​

Unacceptable compostable materials

Do not place the following items in compost carts or paper yard waste bags:

  • Refuse
  • Sawdust​
  • Rocks, stones or gravel
  • Branches over 6 inches in diameter or over 4 feet in length
  • Painted wood
  • Treated lumber
  • Plastic bags or containers
  • Kitty litter or dog droppings
  • Diapers​

SOURCE:  http://www.a2gov.org/departments/field-operations/trash-recycling/Pages/Compost.aspx