Yard Waste

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Check out the following information and our Yard Waste FAQs to learn how to properly dispose of yard waste in the City of Royal Oak. For more information please contact the Department of Public Service at 248) 246-3300.
 

Yard waste includes:

  • Acorns
  • Apples
  • Branches, brush and other woody material up to 2 inches in diameter *
  • Chestnuts
  • Cornstalks (must be contained)
  • Dirt, clean ~ if under 50 lbs per container
  • Flowers & garden plants
  • Fruit & Vegetable scraps, legumes & nuts/shells from your garden, tree or kitchen (visit SOCRRA's website for complete list of what is acceptable)
  • Grass clippings
  • Leaves
  • Pine cones & needles
  • Pumpkins ~ must be contained & under 50 lbs
  • Sawdust, woods shavings
  • Sod ~ if less than 50 lbs per container
  • Soil, potting & garden ~ if less than 50 lbs per container
  • Straw bales if not wet and less than 50 lbs
  • Stumps, small must be contained & under 50 lbs per container
  • Tree & shrub trimmings, twigs up to 2 inches in diameter *
  • Untreated, unpainted wood boards (nails removed)
  • Vines
  • Walnuts
  • Weeds
  • Wood chips if less than 50 lbs per container

 * put woody yard waste between 2" - 5" in diameter prepared with regular refuse (refer to brush guidelines).

Yard waste exclusions:

  • "Biodegradable" plastics
  • Bread
  • Charcoal
  • Coffee grounds
  • Cooked food
  • Dairy products
  • Egg shells
  • Firewood
  • Logs
  • Meat, fish, bones
  • Oil and fats
  • Paper products
  • Pet manure, cat litter
  • Plastic bags of any kind (fertilizer, weed & feed, mulch, topsoil, stone, etc.)
  • Stones, small

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Acceptable Containers:


 
  • 20 to 32-gallon trash cans with a "yard waste" bumper sticker decal facing the street.  Decals are available at most city buildings.
  • 30 gallon paper landscape bags (decals do not need to be on bags).
  • Plastic bags are not allowed and can no longer be used at any time for any yard waste.

Yard Waste Will Not Be Picked Up If:



  • It is in an unacceptable container (oversized containers, plastic bags, boxes, etc.).
  • It has trash mixed in or woody material larger than 2 inches in diameter.
  •  Any container weighs more than 50 pounds.
  • The container is larger than 32 gallons.
  • There is no yard waste decal or it is not facing the street.
  • Yard waste is not picked up between mid-December and March 31 either as yard waste or trash.
  • Containers were set out after 7:00 a.m. of your refuse day.
  • Material is sticking out of the container or stuffed in, the waste hauler cannot reach into any container to dislodge contents.
Once the problem is corrected, set yard waste at the curb for collection on your next pick-up/collection day.

Collection Periods:


Yard waste pick-up begins April 1st each year and ends mid-December.  Per State Law yard waste cannot be taken with the trash at any time.
  

Spring Clean Up:


 
  • Yard waste decal needed for each container and decal must face the street.  Free decals at the Department of Public Service, 1600 N Campbell.  Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 pm. and at City Hall Clerks Office Monday - Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. & Friday 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Do not mix trash with yard waste or it will be left at the curb until corrected.
  • Do not use plastic bags.
  • Put yard waste in acceptable containers: either 30-gallon brown paper bag or 32 gallon container with yard waste decal facing the street.
  • Per Ordinance, yard waste must be out by 7:00 a.m.
  • Each containers must weigh less than 50 pounds.
  • Woody material less than 2" in diameter goes with yard waste, between 2" - 5" goes with trash, must meet requirements per disposal.

Fall Clean Up:



  • Continue to put yard waste in acceptable containers with yard waste decals (see above).
  • Each container must weigh less than 50 pounds.
  • Have all containers out by 7:00 a.m. of your refuse day.
  • Do not use plastic bags.
  • Yard waste pick-up ends in mid-December.  Residents (no contractors or landscapers) may take a limited amount (10 paper bags per day, no plastic bags accepted) to SOCRRA, 995 Coolidge, at no charge from mid-December through March 31st.
  • For leaves, use the City's Curbside Leaf Collection Program. Call 248-246-3300, press 2, then 1, for more information. You can also check the City's website, WROK, or the Insight Newsletter.
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