Yard Waste

Michigan State law prohibits yard waste from being disposed of in the landfill. If a community does not offer curbside yard waste collection service, citizens must self manage through mulching, composting or burning.

Yard waste collection is provided seasonally, April through November, in municipalities that have selected such service. Contact your community to learn about service availability. City of Frankenmuth has specific requirements regarding grass set-out; residents should contact their municipal office for more details.

Yard waste is defined by state law as grass clippings, yard vegetation, sod without dirt, twigs (less then 2″ in diameter), leaves, etc. These items may be placed in a 35 gallon or smaller trash can or paper yard waste bag; all bags/cans must weigh less than 50 pounds. Please close bag(s) or use lids. Twigs may not extend more than 12 inches above the top of a bag/can. Trash can needs a “Yard Waste” sticker, yard waste or grass bags may need a tag; call your local municipality for details.

Large items, such as root balls and stumps, are not accepted as yard waste or trash. Contact a commercial landscape or tree removal service for disposal.

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Brush is accepted as trash by state law. One bundle of brush (cut or broken branches 3 to 4 feet in length and at least 2″ in diameter) is allowed each week. See Trash Details page for more information.

Christmas Trees


Christmas trees are collected as trash throughout the month of January. Trees that are frozen to the ground or inaccessible due to snow or ice will not be collected until the trash driver can safely remove the tree.

Other Compost Options

Where to compost

Salzburg Landscape Supply
2610 Salzburg Rd.
May accept brush, branches, logs, wood chips and yard waste, please call ahead to verify accepted materials.

Flower pots, trays and plant tags

The Saginaw Valley Nursery and Landscape Association are spearheading a container recycling program to keep all the gardening plastic out of the landfills. Designated nurseries are taking empty trays, containers, six-packs (anything that has to do with gardening). It is not necessary to clean the containers but please remove any extra dirt.

Where to Go

Abele Greenhouse & Garden Center
3500 Wadsworth

Bay Landscaping
1630 Boutell

Begick Nursery & Garden Center
5993 Westside Saginaw Rd
Bay City

Reder Landscaping
3805 Rockwell

Stone Quest Landscape Stone & Supply
6245 State
Saginaw Township

Touch of Nature Garden Center
10630 Gera
Birch Run

The Listings on this website do not constitute an endorsement by Mid Michigan Waste Authority. The information provided is not all inclusive and is subject to change without notice.


The Loop Guide provides curbside solid waste service requirement info for residents of Mid Michigan Waste Authority (MMWA) member communities.

These trash, recycling and yard waste guidelines are in place to provide residents an efficient, safe, cost-effective services program. By following these guidelines, you will ensure the health and safety of collection workers and experience curbside service without interruption.

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