Solid Waste, Recycling & Yard Waste


Solid Waste & Recycling Service


Residential Reference Guide

August 1, 2015 through July 31, 2018




This is a friendly reminder that your collection WILL NOT be delayed in observance of Presidents Day, Monday, February 18.


Street-side residential trash and recycling will take place on your regular service day during the week of February 18.


All Granger offices and operations will be OPEN for normal business hours on Monday, February 18.


Granger Disposal Center of Lansing (16500 Wood Road, Lansing) and Granger Disposal Center of Jackson (2600 Lansing Avenue, Jackson) will be open on Saturday, February 16, and Monday, February 18.


Granger Disposal Center of Alma (2355 Michigan Avenue, Alma) will be closed as usual on Saturday, February 16, but will be open on Monday, February 18.


Have a great holiday, and thank you for being a Granger customer!


Captain CurbySM and the Customer Service Team 






All services are to be collected on Friday, unless a major holiday (New Years, Memorial, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas) fall on a weekday, then Saturday will be collection day. 
All items must be at the curb by 6:00 a.m. to ensure pickup.


Granger Waste Services has a contract with the City of Ithaca from August 1, 2015 - July 31, 2018. 


Granger will provide residents with a 95- gallon trash cart on wheels and one box of blue recycling bags annually.  The cost for this service is $10.00 per month, which will be billed directly by Granger on a quarterly basis.  Curbside service is weekly on Friday.


Contact Granger at 1-888-947-2643 or at  to set up your account.


Senior Residents (60 years plus) may choose between the cart system or a tag option.  The tag system requires one tag on your own 33-gallon trash container or trash bag (larger bags or containers require additional tags).  Seniors who choose to recycle will be provided one box of blue recycling bags.  Weekly curbside pick up of trash and recycling would require one tag per each bag.  Each tag costs $1.90 and are available at Ric's Food Center or at Ithaca City Hall.  Tags are available to Senior Residents only.   


A fifty (50) pound weight limit is in effect for either type of disposal.   Please put all items in a trash bag before placing into the cart.  Please make sure the cart is away from mailboxes, fences, etc; the handle of the cart should be away from the road. 




Battery recycling is no longer available at City Hall due to safety and logistical issues. Today's alkaline batteries do not contain the hazardous chemicals that use to be present in them.  It is safe (and legal) to dispose of them with your regular household garbage. Click here for more information.


Residents have the option for disposal of large items. One qualified item, per household, will be collected at no charge on the first Friday of each month.


Residents are responsible for having freon removed from refrigerators, air conditioners, etc. Items will not be picked up unless they have a sticker certifying that the freon has been removed.

Qualified large items include: table, end table, lazy boy chair, sofa or love seat, ottoman, vacuum sweeper, mattress and box springs,  door, carpet (2 diameter, 4 length), push lawn mower, appliances, toilet, vanity, sink, air conditioner, eaves/downspouts (2 diameter, 4 length). 



Due to State of Michigan guidelines, compostable materials such as grass clippings and leaves are no longer accepted in landfills and cannot be collected.  Residents may utilize the City brush pile for yard waste.



(Mid-October Mid-November)

The Curbside Bulk Leaf Collection Program generally begins on the 3rd Monday of October and continues for five weeks.  Residents should rake their leaves to the edge of the curbline or gravel/paved edge of the road but not into the street. Please do not place them along the curb or road until the night before your scheduled pickup day, as noted in the collection map attached.  As a reminder, no other yardwaste is permitted in the piles with your leaves. This includes tree limbs, brush, bush trimmings, grass, cut flowers, plants, rootballs etc. 


(April November)

For your convenience, the City operates a site that is dedicated to disposal of brush.  The site is open to residents of the City of Ithaca only and is run on the honor system.  Only trimmings from trees, shrubs, and bushes are permitted (no larger that 4 in diameter).  The brush is processed through a chipper.  All residents are welcome to take wood-chips free of charge.  The City requests that the use is limited to private residences and small projects. The brush pile is now located at the end of Meadow Lane.  Please do not mix in grass clippings with the brush - this makes it difficult to chip.


To dispose of larger sized brush, please call City Hall for more information.



(December - January)

Trees must be no longer than 8 (eight feet) (or must be cut in half) and placed at the curb for pickup on Friday mornings.  

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