If you’re confused about the city of Grand Rapids trash pickup schedule, we’re here to help you with that.

In this article, we’ll thoroughly guide you about curbside collection days, GR recycling schedules, and holiday trash pickup.

So, can we skip to the good part? 

1. Grand Rapids Trash Pickup Schedule 2024

Curbside residential garbage is collected weekly. Here’s how you can find your assigned refuse day:

  • Access the city’s government official sanitation department website (click here)
  • Type your address in the search bar given in the middle
  • Both your general waste and recycling pickup schedules will pop up

Keep in mind that garbage pickup in Grand Rapids begins at 7 am. So, ensure to roll out your carts before that on your collection day.

Where To Report Missed Trash Pickup?

If you think your cart is missed by mistake, report a missed trash pickup at 311 or 616 -456 -3000. The city will provide a special service, and your refuse will be collected within 24 hours.

2. Grand Rapids Recycling Schedule

Recyclables are collected every other week on the same day as your normal garbage pickup day.


The city is divided into two routes for collecting recyclables. Click here to download your full schedule and route information. 

  • Pickup dates could be delayed on holidays.
  • Residents must roll out their carts outside prior to the collection date.
  • You must place recyclables loosely in the bin.
  • The lid of your blue bin must be properly closed.
  • Don’t put any food leftovers or liquids in your recycling cart.

It is worth mentioning that if you missed your recycling day, then no special service will be provided. 

3. Grand Rapids Yard Waste Pickup 2024

Yard waste is collected on the same day as your regular refuse day. The only catch is the yard waste is collected between early April to mid-December.

  • An additional $27.50 will be charged for the yard waste cart.
  • Residents can use paper bags too. For each bag, they’ll have to pay $2.50 or $12.50 for 5 bags.
  • The weight of the bag can’t exceed over 30 lbs.
  • Use purple yard waste bulk tags for placing twigs, branches, or stems. You can buy these tags from any of the nearest sellers

Grass clipping, leaves, brush, twigs, and garden plants are accepted as yard waste. Construction debris or yard waste will not be collected along with green waste.

4. Grand Rapids Bulk Trash Pickup

Bulk trash collection service is available for all residents. Moreover, it comes with a hefty price tag of $35 per item. To request a bulky collection service, click here

  • Requests can be made only online.
  • Service will be provided within 3 business days.
  • You must place all large items to the curb by 7 am on the service day.

It is worth mentioning that you’ll need to pay the fee prior to the service. So, ensure that you have a minimum of $200 or more on your debit/credit card, depending on the number of items. 

Accepted Items For GR Bulky Pickup

Washers, dryers, refrigerators without refrigerants and doors, ovens, air conditioners, garbage disposals, trash compactors, bed frames, mattresses or box springs, hutches, love seats, recliners, wall units, bathtubs, garage doors, sinks, sliding doors, and window awnings.

5. Got Bulky Trash That City Won’t Pick Up? You Need To Hire Private Junk Haulers!

To be honest, GR bulky service is quite expensive as you have to pay $35 per item. Well, this is where private junk haulers came in. There are many private junk haulers in the US that collect large items in way less than this amount.

Here’s the list of the top 7 private haulers near you:

Company NameContact Info
EZ Grand Rapid Junk Removal616 -965 -2232
VanHarra Basura Removal616 -726 -3334
Haul Away616 -364 -1320
1-800-GOT-JUNK? Grand Rapids800 -468 -5865
On-Time Dumpster Rental616 -460 -9554
College Hunks Hauling Junk616 -330 -1090
Junk Knights616 -805 -9773

Speaking of my personal experience, it is best to get an early estimate and list of accepted items, as some of the haulers don’t pick up construction debris.

6. Grand Rapids Trash Pickup Holiday 2024

On holidays, the collection is delayed and pushed to the next day. The city observes five holidays around the year. No curbside pickup will be provided on the following days:

Memorial Day Monday, May 27
4th of JulyThursday, July 4
Labor Day Monday, September 2
Thanksgiving Thursday, November 28
Christmas Day Wednesday, December 25

As mentioned above, no service will be provided on holidays. So, for the coming Thanksgiving trash day, the collection day will be Friday instead of Thursday.

7. Important Contacts

Grand Rapids Trash Service Phone Number: 311 or 616 -456 -3000.
For the Latest Information: Follow the city of GR on Twitter for all the latest updates or any changes in garbage pickup due to weather or any other event. 

Wrapping It Up!

It’s always sunny in GR during Summer. So there will be no delay in pickup due to the weather conditions.

But in winter, it is normal to bear delayed collection days. That’s why it’s important to find your GR garbage day.

Usually, residential refuse is collected once a week, while the recyclables are collected every other week. Bulky pickup is $35 per item, and the collection is delayed one day on holidays.


Jimmy Carter specializes in providing up-to-date information on trash schedules for cities and states across the USA. With a passion for community service and sustainability, Jimmy is committed to helping people reduce their environmental impact and keep their neighborhoods clean.

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