Leaf Disposal/Compost

The City of Battle Creek contracts with Waste Management for curbside trash pickup in the city limits, which includes yard waste/leaf pickup from late March to late November.

Items must be in the paper bags made for this purpose, available at most area grocery/hardware stores, or in containers clearly marked as "yard waste." Labels for personally-purchased containers are available from city Utility Billing at City Hall, 10 N. Division St.
Waste Management also offers rental containers for yard waste. Call 800-796-9696 for more information on that.

Each bag/container cannot exceed 50 pounds. Personally-purchased containers cannot exceed 32 gallons. No plastic bags, please.

Disposal Options


You have several options, including:
  • Seasonal curbside pickup (see above).
  • Hire a private contractor to collect your leaves; many will provide free estimates.
  • Mow them with your lawn mower and leave them as a natural mulch for your lawn.
  • Compost them in a corner of your yard, or haul them in bulk to the city’s resident drop-off compost site. Brice Pit is located at 715 W. River Road. Take Bedford Road south to River, turn right (just past Budget Self-Storage). Brice Pit is approximately a quarter-mile down, on the left. As of June 29, 2018, regular hours are 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; and closed Sunday. Again, no plastic bags, please, and no contractor dumping.

Burning Leaves


Burning leaves within city limits is prohibited, even with a burn permit.


More Information


Please contact Waste Management at 800-796-9696 or the City of Battle Creek at 269-966-3507 if you have any questions.
Brice Pit compost pile