Yard Waste Collection
Collection begins the week in which March 15th falls and runs through the 2nd week of December.
During the Yard Waste season,
GFL Environmental will collect all properly prepared yard waste
on your regular trash service day. We encourage you to use
large, brown paper yard waste bags which are available at
your local hardware store. Or, you may call the Township at
248.594.2800 or GFL Environmental at 844.464.3587 to get a
"Compost" sticker to put on your 32 gallon can. Use of
plastic bags is prohibited as is the mixing of yard waste
with your regular trash.
During yard waste season, remember these rules:
Containers must be the paper yard waste bags (available
at local lawn, garden and hardware stores) OR in 32 gallon
cans clearly marked "Yard Waste" or "Compost" (stickers are
available at the Township office). During colder weather,
yard waste bags are preferred as compost may freeze in cans.
All containers (yard waste AND regular trash containers)
must not exceed the 60 pound weight limit.
Yard waste collected in plastic bags is prohibited and
will not be collected.
Acceptable yard waste is considered to be grass clippings
and garden weeds, leaves, and trimmings.
Brush (2" in diameter or less) may be considered yard
waste and packaged in either of the above-mentioned ways.
Trimmings / Branches between 2" – 6" in diameter will be
collected with the garbage (solid waste) provided they are
bundled and tied. Bundles should be 4 feet maximum in length
and a maximum of 60 pounds each.
If you have trimmings larger than 6" in diameter,
contact either GFL Environmental at 844.464.3587 or a private
tree service contractor.
Please call GFL Environmental at 844.464.3587 for more
Yard Waste Collection FAQ
1. Why can we no longer use plastic bags?
In 1995, when the State of Michigan mandated a ban on
landfills of yard waste, the industry began efforts to process
the waste into a usable compost material. Yard waste
contaminated by plastic bags decreases the quality of the
compost, making it unsuitable for home and garden use.
Most communities have stopped accepting plastic bags.
Bloomfield Township must also do its part to protect our
2. What are the best alternatives for environmental
The best alternative is to use a mulching lawnmower.
Mulching mowers mulch grass and leaves into fine particles
that decompose on your lawn. This process does not create
thatch. Mulching mowers (and conversion kits for older
lawnmowers) are available at local lawn equipment suppliers.
Kraft paper yard bags are also a responsible solution. The
paper will decompose along with the mulch. Bags are available
at local hardware stores, garden shops and home supply stores.