Waste Services

General Information

Trash, recycling, and yard waste services in the City of Auburn Hills are mostly handled by Waste Management. If you have any questions, please call 1-800-796-9696.

Commercial, industrial, and multi-unit residential (apartment/condo) buildings are responsible for their own solid waste disposal. 

Solid waste and recycling materials are picked up weekly. Please have your material containers out on the curb by 7:00am on collection day. Yard waste is collected weekly on the same day as trash pickup from April-November. For more information about trash, recycling, and yard services, use this reference document from WM. 

To view the complete solid waste ordinance for the city, head over to 


Containers: WM will provide an 18-gallon recycling bin to each household. More than one container is allowed. Customers can use containers up to 32-gallons in capacity with proper sticker (50-pound weight limit). Stickers, which state “Recycling” are available for 32-gallon containers at City Hall, the Community Center and the Department of Public Works. Additional 18-gallon recycling bins will be available from WM at a nominal charge. For an additional rental cost, WM will provide a 96-gallon wheeled recycling cart with the service. The quarterly rental cost is $5.33 and the annual rental cost is $21.32. 

Volume: No volume limits.

Recyclable Materials: Glass, metal, plastics (#1-#7), paper, junk mail, boxboard, cardboard, tin, aluminum. Visit the WM page to learn about their Recycle Often, Recycle Right campaign

Single stream program – no sorting –which means all materials can be comingled in the same recycling container.


Containers: Customer can use plastic bags, containers up to 32-gallons in capacity (50-pound weight limit), and/or 96-gallon curb carts (which includes existing customer-owned carts). For an additional rental cost, WM will provide a 96-gallon wheeled trash cart with the service - quarterly rental cost: $5.98  / annual rental cost: $23.92

Volume: No volume limits

Large Items Allowed: Bulk items may be set out at the curb on regular collection day (properly prepared carpet/pad, mattress, box spring, furniture, appliances, refrigerators with or without Freon, fixtures, etc.)

Prohibited Materials: WM cannot collect liquids, hazardous materials, auto parts/batteries, whole tires, large quantities of construction materials, etc.

Yard Waste

Customers may use paper yard waste bags or containers up to 32-gallons in capacity with proper sticker facing the street (50-pound weight limit). Stickers, which state “Yard Waste” are available at the Department of Public Works, City Hall and the Community Center for 32-gallon containers. Carts may not be used for this service due to their weight. No plastic bags

Volume: No volume limits

Yard Waste Materials: 
Yard waste materials include grass clippings, leaves, weeds, prunings, garden, and fruit waste, incidental dirt from edging and planting, small sticks, and branches up to 4 feet in length and 4 inches in diameter. Bundle brush and branches that are 4 inches in diameter or less in 3 - 4 foot long bundles with string. Please ensure bundles weigh less than 50 lbs and are no larger than 18 inches around. Yard waste mixed with rubbish cannot be collected

Christmas Trees: Included year round

Prohibited Materials: WM cannot accept branches over 4 feet in length and 4 inches in diameter, stumps, shrubs with root balls and dirt, large quantities of dirt, sand, gravel, pet waste, plastic bags with yard waste, etc.