City Brush Pick Up/April Spring Clean Up
Special April Spring Clean Up
The City of Kalamazoo will be offering a Spring clean up in April on the same day as your quarterly bulk trash pick-up. (See links below for the Bulk Trash Schedule or Map.)
YES: As part of this special pick-up, residents will be permitted to place residual leaves from the fall, yard waste, brush (cut or broken branches), twigs and other trimmings no longer than four feet in length and two inches in diameter in biodegradable bags, open cardboard boxes or bundled with binder twine.
NO: Loose piles of limbs, branches, brush and trimmings will not be collected! No grass clippings, dirt, soil, rocks, stones, bricks, concrete or construction or demolition debris of any type will be collected and may be subject to immediate corrective action and will result in a fine.
Please note, regular brush program restrictions (noted below) will resume in May.
Brush Pick Up
Crews will collect brush (cut or broken branches) each month from May through October on the same day of the month as your bulk trash pick up. Please see the Bulk Trash Schedule and pdf Bulk Trash Map to find your pick up day. Use the guidelines below when putting brush out for collection:
- Brush must be either bundled with twine (no metal), placed in open boxes or placed in biodegradable brown paper waste bags.
Brush in plastic bags will not be collected.
- Brush must be no larger than 4 feet long or 2 inches in diameter.
- Keep brush separate from bulk trash items.
- Brush mixed with grass clippings, leaves, or any other yard waste will NOT be accepted. For suggestions on how to manage other yard waste, please see below.
PLEASE NOTE THAT LEAVES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AS PART OF THE MONTHLY BRUSH PROGRAM
For questions about brush collection or to report a missed pick up, please call 337-8215.
Help Keep Our City Clean: Avoid Code Enforcement Action
Bulk trash, garbage containers, recycling bins, recycling materials, or brush left or placed on the curb lawn outside of the designated time for collection could result in you being charged for the cost of its removal. Garbage containers (Herby Curby containers or recycling bins) may be placed at the curb "no earlier than 8:00 p.m. on the day prior to the scheduled collection, and these containers must be removed from the curbside (or street side if there is no curb) not later than 11:00 p.m. of the collection day." (Kalamazoo City Code of Ordinances, 15A-2(a))
Solid Waste (quarterly trash or seasonal brush) deposited for public collection "shall not be deposited earlier than 7:00 a.m. of the day preceding the day of regularly scheduled monthly collection for the district in which such solid waste is deposited." (Kalamazoo Code of Ordinances, 31-21). Any solid waste, "which is not, for any reason, collected by the city or its authorized contractor on the day on which collection is actually performed in the district in which the solid waste is deposited, shall be removed from public view within two(2) days following completion of the regularly scheduled monthly collection for that district." (Section 31-22).
Violations of the above types can result in immediate corrective action being taken by the City without prior notice, with the expense for the corrective action being billed to the property owner of record. (Section 22-4(f)). To report curb lawn violations, you may call Inspection Services at 337-8221. Questions or concerns regarding the City's monthly trash and recycling programs should be directed to 337-8215.
Private Drop Off Sites
The following sites accept yard waste for a fee:
Miller Road Transfer Station, 2606 Miller Road, ph. 388-3346
Kalamazoo Landscape Supplies, 5111 S. 9th Street, ph. 375-8000
Mulder's Landscape Supplies, 3333 Ravine Road, ph. 345-6900
Private Pick up Services
Lawn care services (listed in Yellow Pages) and your waste hauling company offer pick up services from April 1-November 30 for a fee:
Best Way Disposal, 388-3300
Republic Waste Services, 1-877-268-3867
Waste Management, 382-1081
Mulching is a useful way to use bagged grass clippings. Spreading a one-inch layer of grass clippings, wood chips or other materials over exposed soil, deters weed growth, feeds nutrients to the soil, and retains even soil moisture.
Natural landscaping can create beautiful and environmentally friendly yards. Natural Landscaping offers many potential environmental benefits, including reduced use of water, herbicides, fertilizers and energy (no need to use a lawn mower).
Just Say Mow
Use your lawn mower to mulch grass clippings and leaves left from last fall. As golf courses have known for years, mulching grass clippings and leaves back into the lawn does not harm the quality of your turf.