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Rubbish Disposal Guidelines

Solid Waste

The New Year brings a new Rubbish Pick-up Schedule
affecting nearly every residence in Grosse Pointe Woods. Beginning Jan. 1, 2018, all rubbish and yard waste will be collected on a Monday-through-Thursday schedule. Friday pickups 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 New Year’s Day Jan. 1, 2018 is a Monday, pickup is delayed one day that week.

The new schedule and boundaries for regular trash pickup, 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

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. Household rubbish must be contained in plastic bags that are a minimum of 1 ½ mils thick. There is a weight limit of 50 lbs. per disposable bag. Odd-shaped items not suitable for bags should be placed beside the trash.

New carts to roll out in March

The Grosse Pointe Woods trash contractor, Green For Life (GFL), will provide heavy-duty, wheeled trash and recycling containers to each residence in Grosse Pointe Woods beginning in March. 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. More details on the new trash procedures will be provided prior to and with delivery of the new carts.

GFL Environmental Services handles collection of rubbish, compost, brush and material for recycling. Please follow the Grosse Pointe Woods Recycling Guidelines. 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, and all cardboard should be cut into 2’x 2’ pieces, bundled and placed in or near your recycle bin. There is a weight limit of 50 pounds. The Rubbish Collection Guidelines and the
Rubbish Pick-up Schedule are provided for your convenience.

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.

HEAVY HOUSEHOLD ITEMS: GFL Environmental will pickup stoves, refrigerators and freezers (with doors removed), furniture, etc., on your regular pickup 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. 

Yard Waste & Fall Clean Up

Michigan law requires all yard waste be composted - it may not be disposed of in a regular landfill. All yard waste, to include grass clippings, leaves, twigs, and other garden waste, is to be in brown paper yard waste bags, not to exceed 50 pounds. They will be picked up on your regular trash collection day for proper disposal. Bags are available (10 for $4.00) at City Hall, DPW and Public Safety.

Separate curbside leaf pickup begins in early October and ends in late November. Check your city calendar for the exact start and end dates. Note that curbside leaf pick-up is on a different daily schedule than the rubbish pickup. Check the map below for the pickup day for your street. Leaves only can be vacuumed from the curb; mixed yard waste piles will not be picked up.

Leaf Pickup Map
Leaf Pickup Notice for 2017

Black plastic bags may be purchased for $10 for a roll of 50 33-gallon bags and paper yard waste bags may be purchased for $4 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 trash bags are used to help support such projects as street tree, landscape and flower plantings.

Brush is collected on your regularly scheduled collection day. Trees, shrubs and brush should be cut into pieces not to exceed 4 inches in diameter, 4 feet in length, and 50 pounds in weight. They should be stacked neatly beside your trash and will not be picked up unless they meet these requirements. The city does not take dirt balls or stumps. If a resident hires a private contractor, the contractor is required to remove any brush, logs or stumps.

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

All rubbish bags, recycling bins, brush and branches 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. 

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 dates for 2018 are Saturday April 21 and Saturday October 20. The drop off site is the DPW yard at 1200 Parkway Drive (corner of Marter). View the Hazardous Waste Guidelines for proper disposal.

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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