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City of East Tawas Composting Program

The City of East Tawas will pick up grass, leaves, brush, and other yard wastes with the following guidelines:

  • This pick-up is for residential houses only. Commercial uses may make arrangements with City Hall to get a key and haul their own brush to the City-owned compost site
  • Items will be picked up on a regular schedule every Monday from beginning of May (weather providing) through the first Monday of November beginning at 7:00 am. If Monday is a holiday, pick up will be on Tuesday instead.
  • Grass and leaves must be placed in biodegradable paper bags or in 30-40 gallon trash containers clearly marked "compostable" on the side. Other plastic bags will not be accepted. Please limit the size of your bags to 30 gallons and no heavier than 40 pounds.
  • Please don't mix household trash with compostable materials. We will not pick up mixed bags or cans.
  • We will pick up brush and branches up to 6 inches in diameter and no more than 4 feet long. Please tie them into bundles no larger than 20 inches in diameter.
  • Place all items at the roadside on your own property. It is not necessary to place items across the street as is required for some garbage collections.
  • Items should not be put out until late Sunday. Please do not leave items out all week.
  • If you would like to haul your own yard waste materials to the compose area, you may pick up a key at City Hall from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. There is a two-hour time limit for use of the key so we ask that you have everything loaded and ready to go before you check out the key.
  • You're welcome to take any of the compost at the compost area for your personal use. Just pick up a key at City Hall from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
Please keep in mind that we pick up bags of yard waste first and then route back and pick up brush and branches. Occasionally there is so much to pick up that we carry over to Tuesday. Please be patient with us - we will get to you. If you feel that we have forgotten or missed any items in front of your property, please contact City Hall at (989) 362-6161 or by email.




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