119 East Michigan Ave., Clinton, MI 49236  | Phone: 517-456-7494 | Fax: 517-456-6350

Brush, Compost, & Recycling Programs

Content about various programs.

Refuse and Recycling Program

Refuse Collection

General Description of Service. The Village of Clinton contracts with Republic Waste Services to haul residential refuse and recycling. The refuse collection is limited to one blue collection container. The contractor will collect normal residential refuse.  The refuse can be placed at curbside after 3:00 PM on Thursday for a Friday collection. The collection day will be delayed one day when there is a holiday.

Bulk item tags (orange), and extra garbage bag (green) stickers can also be purchased at the Village Office.  These stickers will allow for individual garbage bags, mattresses, small appliances, couches, chairs, and the like to be picked up at curbside.

Detailed Description of Items Collected. Refuse is defined as any and all dead animals of less than 10 pounds in weight except those slaughtered for human consumption; every accumulation of waste (animal, vegetable and/or other matter) that results from preparation, processing, consumption, dealing in, handling, packing, canning, storage, transportation, decay or decomposition of meats, fish, foul, birds, fruits, grains or other animal or vegetable matter (including but not by way of limitation used tin cans and other food containers); and all or easily decomposable waste matter or vegetable matter which is likely to attract flies or rodents); except any matter included in the definition of bulky waste, construction debris, dead animals, hazardous waste, rubbish or stable matter.

Recycling Program

Under a contractual agreement, Republic Waste Services provides residential curbside recycling services.  The following materials will be accepted: 

  • Newspapers
  • Cardboard
  • Chipboard (cereal boxes)
  • Clear Glass
  • Tin
  • Plastics #1 & #2
  • Styrofoam
  • Mixed papers (office papers, junk mail, phone books & magazines)

The rural recycling program provides recycling opportunities as an alterative to land filling.  The use of recycled materials conserves natural resources and helps extend the life of valuable landfill space.


  • should be clean & empty
  • remove lids
  • labels can stay
  • NO BROKEN GLASS, window glass or non-container glass

Plastics #1 & #2

  • rinse
  • remove lids and rings
  • crush to save space
  • CHIPBOARD (Cereal boxes)
  • remove paper/wax paper inserts
  • crush to save space


  • should be clean and dry
  • remove all glossies and inserts
  • DO NOT BUNDLE with string or ropes
  • May be placed in paper grocery bags

Mixed Papers

  • should be clean and dry
  • includes office paper, junk mail, phone books and magazines


  • remove all labels
  • no aerosol, paint or solvent containers
  • no aluminum foil, aluminum pie tins or aluminum food trays


  • cut into pieces no larger than two square feet
  • needs to be tied and bundled

Sorry, No Commercial Curbside Recycling


Compost and Woodchip Program


The village provides a composting and wood chip/mulch program. Those materials are available for no charge if individuals pick it up at the compost site. Periodically, however, the village is asked to make deliveries. This policy will set the rates charged for deliveries.

Delivery Charge

  • There will be no charge to deliver a load of woodchips/mulch to a home in the village limits if coordinated with the village's brush chipping schedule.
  • There will be a $20.00 charge to deliver a load of woodchips/mulch outside the village limits if within a five mile radius and coordinated with the village‚Äôs brush chipping schedule.
  • Village residents will be charged $30.00 for a delivery of woodchips/mulch or compost material if it has to be loaded from the compost site.
  • There will be a $30.00 flat fee and a charge of $2.00 per mile both ways for deliveries outside the village if the village has to load the material from the compost site.
  • All payments must be made in advance.
  • Charges may be waived in whole or in part if village is in need of removing excess material from compost site.

Brush Pick Up Program

  • The Village will pick-up brush on the first and third Thursdays, weather and staff permitting, from April through October.
  • The brush or tree branches must be less than 4-inches in diameter.  It must be placed in the yard by the curb for easy access, but not placed in the street.  It must be cut in neat, compact, lightweight bundles of no longer than four feet that can be easily picked up by one person and placed in a truck.
  • The Village will pick-up no more than seven bundles per parcel of property each pick-up.
  • Commercial contractors are responsible for disposing of any trees and brush cut from a homeowner's property.
  • Property owners are responsible for disposing of any tree roots, and trees they trim or cut down that have more than seven bundles of brush.
  • Property owners can take leaves, grass clippings, hedge clippings, organic yard and garden materials to the Village compost site on Bartlett Street.  Cement, glass, tree roots, tires and other debris is not allowed at the compost site.
  • Wooden or metal Christmas tree stands must be removed from the tree before being placed for pick-up by Village.