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Fall Free Yard Waste Collection Begins October 5

September 25, 2020  The City of Midland will offer Fall Free yard waste collection beginning October 5 through the remainder of the 2020 yard waste collection season. During this free period, 40-cent per bag stickers and annual yard waste bin stickers are not required. 

Residents are asked to refrain from raking leaves to the street until bulk curbside collection begins later in October. Curbside collection of leaves will begin after significant leaf fall has occurred city-wide, which is typically late October.  

Weekly yard waste is collected in kraft paper compost bags or 95-gallon yard waste bins on your regular refuse collection day. Yard waste includes grass clippings, leaves, garden waste, and small twigs and branches.

For the safety of our crews, avoid putting pumpkins, plants, and brush such as sticks in your leaf piles, as they can cause injury, damage equipment, and slow collection. When the crews are working in your neighborhood, refrain from parking in the street.

Stay tuned to MGTV Charter Cable 188, AT&T U-Verse Channel 99, the City’s website, the leaf collection hotline 989-837-3405, and local media for updates on the beginning of the fall leaf collection program.

Yard waste collection in blue yard waste bins and in paper compost bags will end on Friday, December 11, 2020.

Midland’s Weekly Yard Waste Collection Program

Yard waste collection in blue yard waste bins and in paper compost bags will end for the 2020 season on Friday, December 11, 2020.

Yard waste includes grass clippings, leaves, small twigs, straw, plants, and garden waste. Yard waste is not collected in plastic garbage bags. Yard waste is collected for composting on the same day as your weekly household refuse, Monday-Friday, from the first Monday in April (April 5, 2021) to November, depending on weather conditions. All compost bags and City blue yard waste bins will require stickers starting May 3, 2021. Place yard waste and refuse side-by-side at the curb by 7:30 a.m. on your collection day and no sooner than 6 p.m. on the day before collection. Yard waste is NOT collected from the street in the spring. A comprehensive list of what is and is not acceptable as yard waste can be found on this page under What is Collected as Yard Waste and What is Not Collected as Yard Waste.

Find out your refuse collection day through our interactive collection schedule by clicking on the calendar on this page or download Recycle Coach. Call or email the Department of Public Services at 837-6900 with any questions.

Free Collection Periods

SPRING FREE - Kraft paper bags and City blue yard waste bins will not require stickers from the first Monday in April (April 5,2021) until the first Monday in May (May 3,2021).

FALL FREE - Kraft paper bags and City blue yard waste bins will not require stickers from the first Monday in October (October 5, 2020) through the remainder of the yard waste collection season.

How is Yard Waste Collected

Yard waste is collected in two ways: in paper compost bags and/or in blue City of Midland yard waste bins.  Yard waste is collected weekly on the same day as your refuse collection.

Kraft Paper Compost Bags

Kraft paper compost bags may be set at the curb on your weekly refuse day. 30-gallon paper compost bags may be purchased directly from local retailers that carry lawn and garden accessories. Bags have a 50 lb. weight limit. Orange yard waste stickers are required for each kraft paper compost bag of yard waste set out to be collected. The orange yard waste stickers cost $.40 cents per bag.

Yard Waste Bin

95-gallon, wheeled blue yard waste bins may be purchased from the City for $70 each. Yard waste bin users must pay a $40 annual collection fee, which covers the cost of 1 yard waste bin for the collection season. If more bins are needed at the same address, the cost of each additional bin is $70 and an additional annual collection fee of $17 for each additional bin. There is a 200-pound weight limit on yard waste bins.

Ordering Your Yard Waste Bin

If you need to purchase a yard waste bin you can come to the Municipal Service Center at 4811 N. Saginaw Rd. and drop off payment. Forms are available on the outside of the front door at the Service Center. Payment must be made by check or money order (payable to the City of Midland). Payments cannot be made over the phone or online.

Renewing Your Yard Waste Bin Annual Sticker

Yard waste stickers are required on all bags and bins as of May 18. If you need to renew your yard waste bin sticker you can come to the Municipal Service Center at 4811 N. Saginaw Rd. and drop off payment in the drop box located outside the main entrance. Forms are available on the outside of the front door at the Service Center. Payment must be made by check or money order (payable to the City of Midland). Payments cannot be made over the phone or online.

What is Collected As Yard Waste:

  • Garden waste and plants
  • Grass clippings, leaves, small twigs and straw

What is Not Collected as Yard Waste:

  • Artificial flowers, plastic flower pots and flats (dispose as refuse)
  • City yard waste bins with brush sticking out of the bin (lid must close completely)
  • Compost paper bags weighing over 50 pounds
  • Large brush and tree branches over 2 inches in diameter (collected monthly through heavy item and brush collection)
  • Loose soil and sod
  • Stone
  • Treated woods (decking, etc.)
  • Yard waste in plastic bags