Protecting Our Water

Garbage & Yard Waste

Garbage Services

Republic Services will provide solid waste service for City of Battle Creek’s residents starting April 1st, 2021

Collection 101

  • Place Garbage / Recycle / Yard Waste Bins out to the curb before 6:00 am the day of your pickup.
  • Return all bins before 9:00 am the day after pickup.
  • Keep all bins clean and in good repair.
  • If you own any vacant lots be sure to take care of any accumulated garbage.
  • Take care of accumulated garbage within 7 days.

Bulk Pick-up

  • Mattresses and box springs must be bagged. Plastic bags available at UPS store: $3.75 (Twin size) to $6.00 (King size).
  • Accepted Items: Stoves, refrigerators, water tanks, washing machines, furniture
  • All appliances must have doors removed.
  • All refrigerators and/or air conditioners must have the Freon removed by a licensed technician.
    • These items must be tagged by the technician.
    • These items will NOT be picked up without the tag.
  • Any rubber tires should NOT be placed in these bins.

No pickup on these holidays

  • New Year’s Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

For holidays, pickup is delayed 1 day the rest of the week.

Trash and Yard Waste Cart Rentals


(rates subject to annual price increases)

Call for rental and service related issues
Republic Services

Safety First

  • Don’t put garbage out weighing more than 50-lbs.
  • Garbage may not be more than 4-feet long.
  • Do NOT place sharps / needles in any of these bins!
  • Do NOT put hazardous chemicals in these bins: Oils, paints, turpentine, or batteries

Hazardous Waste is not accepted at any time

Only through county HHW recycling events

Interactive Trash & Recycling Map

Find out what day your trash and or recycling will be picked up. Battle Creek residents only. 

Yard Waste Services

Begins April 8 & ends December 6, 2024

Michigan law states, effective April 1, 1995, PA264 Sections 18a (2) prohibits yard waste material from being placed in landfills

Because of this law, the following 3 options are available:

  1. Mulch your grass back into your lawn.
  2. Compost your grass & leaves at your home.
  3. Place your yard waste into an appropriate container & Waste Management will pick it up at the curb next to your trash and recycling bins.

More Information

Yard waste includes
  • Leaves, grass clippings & garden debris
  • Shrubbery, brush or tree trimmings
  • Must be less than 4 feet long & 2 inches in diameter
  • Must be bundled
  • Put yard waste in separate container or use the specified paper bags (as described on the front). Do not use plastic bags!

Alternate Drop Off Location

Brice Pit  715 W. River Road

Winter Hours: 7:30 am – 5:30 pm Monday–Friday;
9:00 am – 5:00 pm Saturday
Closed on Sunday

Summer Hours: 7:30 am – 7:00 pm Monday–Friday;
9:00 am – 5:00 pm Saturday
Closed on Sunday

No contractor dumping

Appropriate Containers

  1. Yard Waste Cart Rental is $39/year (rates subject to annual price increases)
  2. Kraft 2-Ply paper bags specifically for yard waste (available at local stores)
  3. Use your own container up to 32-gallons. Or any container over 32-gallons suitable for mechanical dumping.
    1. These containers MUST BE labeled with a sticker “Yard Waste Only” and easily read from the street.
    2. Stickers are available for free at the Department of Public Works  150 South Kendall St., Battle Creek
    3. Maximum weight is NOT to exceed 50 lbs.

Yard Waste can not be put in the trash bin at any time

Remember – no plastic bags

Spring/Fall Clean-up

These events are for Battle Creek Neighbors only.

Spring Cleanup

May 20–24, 2024

Click here for flyer


Fall Cleanup

September 9–13, 2024

Click here for flyer


Accepted Items

Accepts up to 10 cubic yards of construction Waste at curb on your normal pickup day.

  • Household Doors and Windows
  • Mattress & Box springs (Must be bagged in plastic)
  • Carpeting & Brush (Cut to 4 ft lengths and bundled less than a foot in diameter)
  • Toys
  • Household Furnishings: Desks, side tables, chairs
  • Misc. Rubbish/Junk
  • Packaging

Please make sure there are no loose small items that can blow away. If you can bag it, please do so.

Items NOT Accepted

  • Freon appliances (Refrigerators, Freezers, Dehumidifiers)
  • Electronics (Computers, Printers, Monitors & Accessories)
  • Televisions
  • Tires
  • Oil, Gasoline, Antifreeze
  • Batteries
  • Florescent light bulbs
  • Chemicals, Paints, Solvents, Pesticides, Herbicides, Other HHW
  • Concrete
  • Iron, Steel, Cast Iron Bathtubs
  • Stumps
  • Medical waste

These not accepted items need to be disposed of properly through our recycling events. See our Event calendar for our Electronics, HHW, Scrap Tire collection dates.

REAL Christmas Tree Curbside Pick-up

December 26, 2023 – January 26, 2024
December 26, 2024 – January 24, 2025

Place tree at curb on your garbage pickup day. If your tree exceeds 6 foot, it must be cut in half.