Collection

  • Yard waste is collected once per week on the same day as trash and recycling.  Place yard waste out to curb by 7:00 am on collection day.

  • Curbside collection is provided from the first Monday in April through the third Friday in December. 

  • When one of the following holidays falls on a weekday, collection for the holiday and the remaining days of that week will be delayed by one day.  The holidays are: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

  • Winter months (mid-December through March):  SOCRRA residents can bring Christmas trees, bags of leaves or brush bundles to SOCRRA Transfer station free of charge. SOCRRA does not accept yard waste in plastic bags.

Preparation

  • Yard waste must be separate from trash and recyclables. 
  • Acceptable containers: Trash cans with “yard waste” decals (decals available at city offices) or 30-gallon paper yard waste bags.
  • Yard waste containers must weigh less than 50 pounds and yard waste must be small enough (under 4 feet in length) to fit in designated container.
  • Brush (less than 2 inches in diameter and under 4 feet in length) can also be bundled with twine for collection.

Larger Branches and Chipping Service

Tree debris that should be chipped includes branches and sticks that are greater than 4 feet long and 2 inches in diameter.  Remember, if your tree debris is smaller than this, it can be put with your other Yard Waste and collected for composting.

For tree debris that is too large for Yard Waste collection, each SOCRRA community has its own rules and guidelines.  The following information for each community is for reference purposes only.  Please contact your city to verify the handling of tree debris.  Click on your city below for general information.

+ Berkley

APRIL - SEPTEMBER: Chipping service provided by J.H. Hart -- Please call the DPW (248)658-3490 when you have branches to be chipped. Chipper runs on the third week of each month.

OCTOBER - MARCH: DPW Crews chip as needed, based on volumes around the city.

Chipping Guidelines:

  • For branches 2 – 4 inches in diameter and 4 feet or longer. (Smaller branches should be put out with YARD WASTE.)
  • Stack branches with all cut ends at curb. Do not bundle branches.
  • Chipper service is only for residents who trim their own trees. Complete tree removal or debris left by contractors will NOT be collected.
  • Chipper will not grind roots of any kind. Logs, roots (free of dirt)and stumps should be should be put in yard waste bags (50 lb limit)

+ Beverly Hills

No chipping service provided. Residents can arrange for chipping service at their own expense. JH Hart Forestry is the recommended firm and charges $40 for each 15 minutes of chipping.

Branches smaller than 2 inches in diameter should be put out with YARD WASTE.

Dispose as trash: Branches larger than 2 inches in diameter should be cut into lengths of 4 to 4 1/2 feet, bundled with twine and placed at the curb on trash collection day. Bundles cannot weigh more than 40 pounds. Please set bundles with cut ends at curb.

+ Birmingham

Chipping service provided:

  • For branches 2 – 4 inches in diameter and 4 feet or longer. (Smaller branches should be put out with YARD WASTE.)
  • Stack branches with all cut ends at curb.
  • No set day – chipper cycles through city regularly.
  • Service runs April – November. (By request December – March)

+ Clawson

No chipping service provided. Residents can arrange for chipping service at their own expense. JH Hart Forestry is the recommended firm and charges $45 for each 15 minutes of chipping.

Branches smaller than 2 inches in diameter should be put out with YARD WASTE.

Dispose as trash: Branches larger than 2 inches in diameter should be cut into lengths of 4 to 4 1/2 feet, bundled with twine and placed at the curb on trash collection day. Bundles cannot weigh more than 40 pounds. Please set bundles with cut ends at curb.

+ Ferndale

Chipping service provided:

  • For branches 2 – 4 inches in diameter and 4 feet or longer. (Smaller branches should be put out with YARD WASTE.)
  • Stack branches with all cut ends at curb.
  • Same collection day as trash.
  • Service runs 52 weeks/year.

+ Hazel Park

Chipping service provided:

  • For branches 2 – 4 inches in diameter and 4 feet or longer. (Smaller branches should be put out with YARD WASTE.)
  • Stack branches with all cut ends at curb.
  • Chipper runs on WEDNESDAYS.
  • Service runs 52 weeks/year.

+ Huntington Woods

Chipping service provided:

  • For branches 2 – 4 inches in diameter and 4 feet or longer. (Smaller branches should be put out with YARD WASTE.)
  • Stack branches with all cut ends at curb.
  • Chipper runs on MONDAYS.
  • Service runs 52 weeks/year.

+ Lathrup Village

Chipping service provided:

  • For branches 2 – 4 inches in diameter and 4 feet or longer. (Smaller branches should be put out with YARD WASTE.)
  • Stack branches with all cut ends at curb.
  • Chipper runs on FRIDAYS.
  • Service runs 52 weeks/year.

+ Oak Park

Chipping service provided:

  • For branches 2 – 4 inches in diameter and 4 feet or longer. (Smaller branches should be put out with YARD WASTE.)
  • Stack branches with all cut ends at curb.
  • Same collection day as trash.
  • Service runs beginning first full week of April for 41 weeks (approximately mid-January).

+ Pleasant Ridge

Chipping service provided:

  • For branches 2 – 4 inches in diameter and 4 feet or longer. (Smaller branches should be put out with YARD WASTE.)
  • Stack branches with all cut ends at curb.
  • Chipper runs on the THIRD MONDAY of each month.
  • Service runs 52 weeks/year.

+ Royal Oak

No chipping service provided. Residents can arrange for chipping service at their own expense. JH Hart Forestry is the recommended firm and charges $45 for each 15 minutes of chipping.

Branches smaller than 2 inches in diameter should be put out with YARD WASTE.

Dispose as trash: Branches larger than 2 inches in diameter should be cut into lengths of 4 to 4 1/2 feet, bundled with twine and placed at the curb on trash collection day. Bundles cannot weigh more than 40 pounds. Please set bundles with cut ends at curb.

+ Troy

No chipping service provided. Residents can arrange for chipping service at their own expense.

Branches smaller than 2 inches in diameter should be put out with YARD WASTE.

Dispose as trash: Branches larger than 2 inches in diameter should be cut into lengths of 3 feet, bundled with twine and placed at the curb on trash collection day. Bundles cannot weigh more than 40 pounds. Please set bundles with cut ends at curb.


How to Reduce Yard Waste

Yard waste can recycle naturally, when managed correctly.  Here are a few ways you can put less yard waste to the curb and benefit your garden at the same time.

  • Grasscycling – Let the clips fall!
    Use a mulching mower or retrofit your current mower with a mulching blade kit and let grass clippings fall back into the lawn.  This adds nitrogen from the clippings to the soil.  Can cut fertilizer use by 30% or more. Cut only 1/3 of grass blade at a time to promote root growth and shade out  weeds. Deep roots help plants resist drought and disease         .
  • Reduce Lawn Area
    Add low maintenance plant beds and groundcovers, slow-growth bushes, decks, walkways and borders to your yard to reduce lawn area.
  • Use shredded leaves and grass clippings as mulch
    Controls weeds, conserves moisture and reduces soil erosion. Place 1”- 2” layer on wet newspaper between vegetable/flower rows. Sprinkle 1” layer around bushes and tree bases. Shred leaves into lawn – adds nutrients and doesn’t harm lawn.
  • Backyard Composting
    Make your own bin/pile or purchase plastic compost bins and compost all of your yard waste. Click to view Home Composting Flyer for detailed information.

Compost

SOCRRA compost is returned to SOCRRA member communities for distribution to residents and for community gardening projects.  It is available for free at the SOCRRA compost site at 1741 School Road in Rochester Hills. Click here for more pricing information.

Characteristics of SOCRRA compost (as analyzed by Midwest Laboratories): SOCRRA Compost Analysis

Click here for a printable list of items that can be included with your yard waste for recycling into compost