SERVICE UPDATE: RAA will be testing new routes beginning April 3rd. Service days will stay the same but timing may change. Place carts out no later than 7am on your collection day, and if it hasn't been picked up by 4pm please notify the city at 734-994-7336 the following business day.

A2 Curbside Collection Guidelines


  • Placed out by 7 am (It is recommended that full carts be placed at the street curb the night prior to your service day to avoid having a late set out. All documented late set outs will have to wait until the following week for service)
  • Materials fit loosely inside cart
  • Lid must be closed
  • Metal lift bar faces the street
  • 3 ft away from other carts and obstacles (Carts need to be 3 ft away from parked vehicles, mailboxes, street sign poles, building walls, fences and other items) 
  • 12 ft of overhead clearance (Carts need to be placed 3 ft away from overhang spots like under tree branches, telephone poles, pole guidelines, building overhangs, downspouts, gutters, etc. See attached photo)
Cart Under Overhang
  • Clear of snow or ice
  • Does not exceed weight limits (Carts mtheust not exceed 112 pounds for the 32-gallon, 224 pounds for 64-gallon, or 336 pounds for the 96-gallon size. Carts over the limit will not be serviced)


  • Materials must be empty, clean, and dry
  • No trash or unacceptable items
  • Only #1, #2, or #5 plastic bottles, tubs, and containers allowed
  • No bagged recyclables allowed


  • Yard waste, compost or food waste (Put in a lawn bag or in a City of Ann Arbor compost cart. For more information visit:
  • Soft plastics: plastic bags, bubblewrap etc.
  • #3, #4, #6, and #7 plastics: stryofoam, PVC
  • Hardcover books and shredded paper (Not even bagged shredded paper)
  • Biodegradable plastics (PLA or BPI)
  • Batteries, lightbulbs, or electronics
  • Paint, oil, medical waste, or syringes
  • Ceramics or Pyrex dishes
  • Construction debris, wood, window pane and mirror glass
  • Textiles or furniture (Sheets, clothes, bedding)

For items not accepted in the curbside cart, see if it can be accepted at our Drop-Off Station here.

See our hangtag version here

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