Waste Services

General Information

The City of Auburn Hills has a Single Hauler waste management program for most residential dwellings within city limits. Residential trash, recycling, and yard waste services in the City of Auburn Hills are contracted through GFL. If you have any questions or need to setup waste services, please call 1-844-464-3587.

Commercial, industrial, and multi-unit residential buildings (mobile home parks/most apartments) are responsible to contract 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 through the second full week of December. For more information about trash, recycling, and yard services, use this reference document provided by GFL. 

The 2022, 2023 and 2024 rate for services is $33.67, and will increase to $34.58 in 2025 and $35.62 in 2026. 

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


Frequency: Weekly

Containers: GFL will provide an 18-gallon recycling bin to each household. More than one container is allowed.  Additional 18-gallon recycling bins can be purchased directly through GFL for $14.00. Residents may purchase a 65-gallon cart for $65.00, or may use their own containers (50-pound weight limit). If a non-GFL container is used, “Recycling” stickers are available at City Hall, the Community Center and the Department of Public Works.

Volume: No volume limits.

Recyclable Materials: Glass, metal, plastics (#1 - #7), paper, junk mail, boxboard, clean cardboard, tin, aluminum, and steel.  

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


Frequency: Weekly

Residents may use their own carts/trash cans (up to 50 pounds), plastic bags (just be mindful of wild animals) or GFL-purchased carts to setout trash. GFL offers a 65-gallon cart for $65.00 or a 95-gallon cart for $75.00, should a resident choose to purchase a cart. 

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

Yard Waste

Frequency: Weekly, April 01 through the second full week of December

Residents may use paper yard waste bags or containers up to 32-gallons in capacity with a proper sticker facing the street (50-pound weight limit). “Compost” stickers 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 the 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 3 inches in diameter. Bundle brush and branches that are 3 inches in diameter or less in 3 - 4 foot long bundles with twine. Please ensure bundles weigh less than 50 pounds and are no larger than 18 inches in diameter. Yard waste mixed with rubbish cannot be collected.

Christmas Trees: Included, through second week of February

Prohibited Materials: GFL cannot accept branches over 4 feet in length and 3 inches in diameter, stumps, shrubs with root balls and dirt, large quantities of dirt, sand, gravel, pet waste, plastic bags with yard waste, etc.


New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day. Please remember that if a holiday falls on a weekday, your scheduled service day will be delayed by one day. Regular collection will resume the following week.