Information and Services for Residents

Leaf and Brush Pickup Service


Fall Leaf and Brush Pick-Up will begin October 2nd and end November 10th (weather permitting)

Pickup Includes leaves, brush, and yard waste.  All materials must be placed at curbside, not in the street.

Each type of of material (leaves, brush, and yard waste) must be placed in separate piles.


Limits on Brush Pick-up

There is a limit of approximately the equivalent of one pick-up truck full of brush (un-chipped) per resident/property owner per month.  The brush may not have limbs greater than 3” in diameter.

The City will NOT pick up brush in the following situations:

  • Where the resident/property owner has hired a commercial service to trim trees or bushes or clear brush.  The service provider will be responsible for removal.
  • When trees or bushes or brush are cleared to facilitate a construction project for the resident/property owner, in which case the resident/property owner or contractor will be responsible for removal.
  • When the brush pile exceeds the equivalent of one pick-up truck full (un-chipped).  The DPW Director will notify the resident/property owner that he/she is responsible for removal.


City residents and property owners only may take leaves, grass, and other yard waste generated from locations within the City limits directly to the City’s compost pile at Kiwanis Park any time (please do not leave compost in plastic bags).  We cannot accept brush at Kiwanis Park or any other City location.  Brush is accepted at the Emmet County drop-off center located at 7363 Pleasantview Road.


If you have questions about this service, please call the Department of Public Works at 231-526-0604

Click here for complete details.


2017 Fall Leaf & Brush Pickup Program

2017 Summer Brush Pickup Program

2017 Spring Leaf & Brush Pickup Program

Turf Management

Questions regarding turf management practices of the City's green spaces, lawns, and grounds, can be directed to the City of Harbor Springs Department of Public Works Director, Lucas VanderZee, by phone at (231) 526-0604 or by email at


Your day-to-day recyclables will be collected weekly from your home's curbside.  Your FREE home recycling totes and collection service are paid for by the City of Harbor Springs at no additional cost to you.

Recyclables from homes within the City limits of Harbor Springs are collected every Tuesday.  The service is operated by Emmet County Recycling under contract with the City.  For more information call 231-348-0640.

Do you have something to get rid of? You've come to the right place.The Emmet County Department of Public Works provides options for recycling, composting, or disposing of almost anything. And we constantly strive to make our offerings more comprehensive, environmentally positive, affordable, and convenient.

If you can't find what you're looking for here, call us at (231) 348-0640.

Thanks for your interest in doing the right thing with your discards.


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