Today is Wednesday September 30, 2020

Waste and Recycling


**Note that curbside leaf pick-up is on a different daily schedule than the rubbish yard waste pick-up.**

All rubbish, recycling bins, yard waste, and brush are to be set out for collection NO LATER than 7 a.m. on the day scheduled for collection and NO EARLIER than 5 p.m. the day before scheduled collection. Various types of trash should be placed next to each other at curbside. Different trucks pick up rubbish, recycling, yard waste and brush, at different times. Neatly placed trash at curbside will help ensure a trouble-free pick-up. The Rubbish Guideline and Procedures and the Solid Waste Program Brochure are provided for your convenience.

All rubbish, recycling, and yard waste will be collected on a Monday-through-Thursday schedule. Friday pick-ups will occur only when there is a major holiday in the week, including New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Consequently, because Memorial Day, May 25, 2020, is a Monday, pick-up is delayed one day that week.

The new schedule and boundaries for regular waste and recycling pick-up, are as follows:

  • Monday – All streets west of Mack Avenue
  • Tuesday – East of Mack Ave. from north city limits to Hollywood
  • Wednesday – East of Mack Ave. from Hawthorne to Renaud (including North and South)
  • Thursday – East of Mack Ave. from Oxford (including North and South) to south city limit

The Grosse Pointe Woods trash contractor, Green For Life (GFL), provided heavy-duty, wheeled trash and recycling containers to each residence in Grosse Pointe Woods.  A 64-gallon brown cart will be designated for “Waste Only,” and a similar green container labeled for “Recyclables.” Plastic garbage bags still will be required for placement in the waste container, however all recyclable materials remain loose. Should you need an additional cart, they can be purchased from GFL for $65.00 each. Please contact the GFL CUSTOMER CARE CENTER at (844)464-3587.

GFL Environmental Services handles collection of rubbish, compost, bundled brush and material for recycling. The Department of Public Works handles all unbundled brush pick-up and chipping.

Solid Waste

All rubbish must be in disposable plastic trash bags, not less than .0015 mills in thickness. Odd-shaped objects not suitable for bags should be placed beside the trash. When the bin is full, on limited occasions, additional rubbish may be placed next to the bin that have been properly tied and secured in plastic bags that are a minimum of 1.5 mils thick. There is a weight limit of 50 pounds.

According to city code, rubbish, yard waste, recycling and brush must be out for collection no later than 7 a.m. the morning of collection and no earlier than 5 p.m. the evening prior to pick-up day.

Black plastic bags may be purchased for $10 for a roll of 50 33-gallon bags (price subject to change without notice) at City offices during business hours, or at the Public Safety desk after 5 p.m. and on weekends, and at the DPW, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Proceeds from the sale of trash bags are used to help support such projects as street tree, landscape and flower plantings.

HEAVY HOUSEHOLD ITEMS: GFL Environmental will pick-up stoves, refrigerators and freezers (with doors removed), furniture, etc., on your regular pick-up day. Call 343-2460 48 hours ahead so that the proper moving equipment will be available. If you have extra rubbish due to a move, please make arrangements for a dumpster rental or contact the DPW for more information.

Latex paint may be solidified with kitty litter, sand or sawdust or dried by removing the lid. This is a water-based product and is not hazardous. Once paint is dry, open container may be placed next to trash for pick up with rubbish. 


Items currently being picked up for recycling include newspapers, magazines, catalogues, office paper, and telephone books; plastic containers marked with the triangular recycling symbol, rinsed clean with caps removed; metal or aluminum cans and containers such as pie tins, rinsed and flattened when possible; empty aerosol cans, plastic caps discarded; any glass bottles and jars, rinsed and unbroken; cardboard, broken down into 2' x 2' pieces, bundled, and placed in your recycling cart. Put full recycling cart beside your trash at the curb on your scheduled pickup day.

The following items are not recyclable and should be disposed of in your trash bags: broken glass, window glass, mirrors, Pyrex, ceramics dishes, plastic grocery bags, Styrofoam packing materials or containers, any container which held oil, pesticides, or herbicides classified as hazardous material. Pizza boxes or food containers contaminated with grease cannot be recycled.

Waste and recycling Links

Yard Waste & Fall Clean Up

There is limited curbside pick-up of yard waste from December 21, 2020 through March 19, 2021. Curbside pick-up of bagged leaves and other yard waste will continue through December 17, 2020. From December 21, 2020 through March 19, 2021 residents may bring bags to Public Works for disposal. Residents must stop in the office to show proof of residence.

From October 5 through the week of November 30, 2020 (weather permitting), leaves only may be raked into the gutter for vacuuming on your collection day. Leaves are collected as shown on the map above. Do not mix other garden waste, twigs, or grass clippings with leaves because it can damage the equipment. Mixed piles will not be picked up. Leaves cannot be vacuumed beneath parked cars so avoid parking on the street on your leaf collection day.

Paper yard waste bags may be purchased for $4.50 for ten 30-gallon bags (price subject to change without notice) at City offices during business hours, or at the Public Safety desk after 5 p.m. and on weekends, and at the DPW, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Proceeds from the sale of paper yard waste bags are used to help support such projects as street tree, landscape and flower plantings.

Yellow “compost” stickers are available at City Hall and DPW.

Wood must meet the same size requirements as brush and branches, and must have any nails bent over or removed to prevent injury.

Michigan law requires all yard waste be composted - it may not be disposed of in a regular landfill. Yard waste will be collected the third full week of March of each year and running through the second full week of December. All yard waste, including garden waste, grass clippings, leaves, twigs, shrubs, tree trimmings and pruning waste, must be disposed of in paper yard waste bags or 32-35 gallon containers labeled “yard waste” or “compost” or bundled with twine or unbundled brush stacked neatly at the curb, with cut ends facing the street. Brush and tree trimmings that are bundled with twine must be cut to measure no more than 4 feet in length and 4 inches in diameter. Containers and contents must not exceed 50 pounds. Bundles must not exceed 50 pounds and/or 18 inches in diameter and stacked neatly for pick-up. Unbundled brush must be stacked neatly at the curb, with cut ends facing the street. Maximum branch diameter is 4 inches; maximum length is 12 feet. Long pieces should be placed on a diagonal, with cut ends facing oncoming traffic, so as not to cover sidewalks. They will be picked up on your regular trash collection day for proper disposal. Dirt balls and stumps will not be picked up.

Hazardous Waste

The City's hazardous waste drop off days are the third Saturday of April and October each year from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. The October date for 2020 is back on the schedule and will be held on Saturday, October 17, 2020. The drop off site is the DPW yard at 1200 Parkway Drive (corner of Marter). View the Hazardous Waste Guidelines for proper disposal.

GFL Environment Services/Public Works WILL NOT COLLECT CURBSIDE any hazardous substances, including oil-based paints, thinners, weed killers, fertilizers, pesticides, gasoline, etc. These substances should be used completely and empty containers disposed of in the trash. Any such substances not used must be held for proper disposal on scheduled hazardous waste drop-off days.

Used motor oil, anti-freeze, large auto or boat batteries may be taken to the Public Works yard at Marter and Parkway between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Neither GFL Environmental nor the City will pick-up construction materials, concrete, or car parts. Contractors and owners or tenants are responsible for the disposal of construction materials outside of the city. Public Works can often supply names of disposal places.

Wayne County's Department of Public Services provides four Household Hazardous Waste Collections per year for County residents.  Please visit the County's website at for information on dates and locations or contact:

Land Resource Management
3600 Commerce Ct.
Building E
Wayne, MI 48184

Ph: (734) 326-3936
Fax:(734) 326-4421

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