Department of Public Services

Municipal Service Center -  4811 N. Saginaw Rd.  Midland, MI 48640  Phone: 989-837-6900  Email:

Map to Department of DPS Office

Yard Waste Collection

Three Free Program

The City's three free weeks of free yard waste collection starts Monday, April 14

Yard Waste Collection Program

Yard waste is collected weekly with household refuse, Monday through Friday, from mid-April to November, depending on weather conditions.

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.

A comprehensive list of what is and is not acceptable as yard waste can be found below.

How is Yard Waste Collected

Yard waste is collected in two ways: in compost bags and/or yard waste bins. 

  • KRAFT PAPER COMPOST BAGS:  30-gallon compost bags may be purchased directly from local retailers that carry lawn and garden accessories. Bags have a 50 lb. weight limit. Yard waste stickers are required for each kraft paper compost bag of yard waste set out to be collected. Yard waste stickers cost 35 cents per bag, and can be purchased at local retailers.

  • YARD WASTE BIN:  95-gallon, wheeled yard waste bins may be purchased from the City for $65 each.  Yard waste bin users must pay a $35 annual collection fee, which covers the cost of one (1) yard waste bin.  If more bins are used, there will be an additional annual collection fee of $15 for each additional bin.  Read the Yard Waste Bin Collection Renewal section below for more information about collection fees.

Yard Waste Bin Order Forms Available Online

To order one or more yard waste bins from the City, fill out the interactive online PDF form below, print it out, then deliver or mail it along with a check or money order* made payable to "City of Midland" to:
     City Treasurer's Office
     333 W. Ellsworth St.
     Midland, MI 48640-5132

Yard Waste Bin Order Form**

*Yard waste bins may also be purchased at the City Treasurer's Office, 333 W. Ellsworth St., Midland, MI, or at the Municipal Service Center, 4811 N. Saginaw Rd., Midland, MI, with cash, check, or a VISA/MasterCard or debit card with the VISA or MasterCard logo on them.

Free delivery of prepaid bins within the City of Midland are made on Wednesdays.

Call DPS at 989-837-6900 with any questions.

Yard Waste Bin Collection Renewal and Fee

$35 YARD WASTE COLLECTION - SERVICE RENEWAL FEE: A $35 annual service fee renews collection services for one (1) yard waste bin from April to November of each year. The fee for additional bins at the same address is $15 per bin (example: 2 bins = $50; 3 bins = $65, etc.)

Each year in the spring, a renewal form is sent to all registered yard bin owners requesting the annual $35 fee be sent to the Department of Public Services along with any changes to incorrect information, such as name, address, or numbers on your yard waste bin(s).

Once payment is received, a yard waste collection sticker for each yard waste bin is mailed. Collection stickers must be placed on your yard waste bin to receive collection services during that calendar year.

KRAFT PAPER COMPOST BAG FEE:  Kraft paper compost bags may be set at the curb with or without a yard waste bin.  To ensure collection, a 35-cent sticker must be attached to each bag.  Compost bags and their 35-cent collection stickers may be purchased at local retailers.

RENEWAL FORM:  If you wish to pay the annual fee(s) for your yard waste bin(s) for this calendar year, fill out the interactive PDF form below and return it to the City Treasurer's Office.

Yard Waste Bin Collection Renewal Form**

If including a check with the renewal form, make it payable to "City of Midland". Forms and payments may be returned to the following address:

      City Treasurer's Office
      P.O. Box 1647
      Midland, MI 48641-1647

This form is also available in hard copy form from the Department of Public Services, 4811 N. Saginaw Road, or at the City Treasurerís Office, 333 W. Ellsworth, Midland, MI 48640. For any questions, call DPS at 989-837-6900.

**Adobe Reader is required to use the interactive forms. To download a free copy of Adobe Reader for your computer, click on the icon below.

What is Collected as Yard Waste

  • Grass clippings, leaves, small twigs and straw

  • Garden waste and plants

  • There is a 50-pound weight limit on yard waste bags and a 200-pound weight limit on yard waste bins.

What is NOT Collected

  • Large brush & tree branches (collected monthly through heavy item & brush collection)

  • Artificial flowers, plastic flower pots and flats (include with refuse)

  • Loose soil & sod

  • Yard waste in plastic bags

  • Painted items

  • Treated woods (decking, etc.)

  • Plastic

  • Stone

  • Yard waste over 2 inches in diameter

Christmas Tree Collection

Christmas trees are collected and recycled during the first two weeks of each year on your weekly refuse collection day. After that, trees can be placed at the curb for monthly heavy item & brush collection

To prepare trees for collection - remove stands, ornaments, tinsel, garland and plastic tree bags.