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:   https://www.a2gov.org/departments/trash-recycling/Pages/Compost.aspx)
  • 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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