Bulk Trash

Bulk items are items that are more than 40 pounds or do not fit in yellow City trash bags or East Carts. Common bulk items include furniture, appliances, and other larger household items. Consider donating usable items to local charities instead of throwing them away.

A $15 bulk item sticker is required for pick-up of your items. Stickers may be purchased at City Hall (410 Abbot) or theDepartment of Public Works (DPW) (1800 E. State Road). Collection occurs on most Mondays  complete the collection request form online.

Bulk items that contain refrigerants like Freon (dehumidifiers, refrigerators, window air condition units, etc.) require a special $40 hazardous bulk items sticker.

Please note, the City of East Lansing amended the bulk trash abatement ordinance in August 2013. For details, please see thenews release.


The City of East Lansing collects trash from single-family homes and rental houses. Place trash in Easy Cart collection bings (rental properties provide them to tenants at no cost), or in yellow City trash bags and put them at the curb by 7:30 a.m. on your collection day.

Bins can be curbside from 8 p.m. the night before collection to 10 a.m. the day after. When storing your East Cart, it is required to be concealed at least half way to the rear of your house or garage.

Apartment Complex Managers provide private trash service to tenants. Contact your manager for trash information or look for dumpsters at your complex.


Keep East Lansing green by recycling! The City operates a free curbside recycling program for single-family households, rental homes and most small apartment complexes (20 units or less). Recyclables are collected weekly on the same day as trash and should be placed at the curb in a blue East Lansing recycling bin.

For more information about items collected curbside and at drop-off locations, visit DPW’s Yard Waste, Recycling and Refuse webpage.