COVID-19 Impact on CART

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Lansing will be making temporary changes to the Capital Area Recycling & Trash (CART) and yard waste collection services. 

Yard Waste



Yard waste collection was originally scheduled to begin the week of April 13, 2020. This date will be listed in the upcoming issue of the Lansing Living magazine, which was printed before the "Stay Home, Stay Safe" Executive Order was issued.


Curbside Collection:
Curbside collection of yard waste resumed again on Monday, May 4, 2020. However, due to the large amount of yard waste that residents have at the curbside already, it is likely that collection will not take place on the normal collection day until crews are able to catch up. 

Residents should still place yard waste at the curbside on the regular collection day, but depending on the amount of material in a given route, collection will likely be delayed up to a week or longer in some areas. *Drivers will be working extended schedules until normal collections schedules can be met.* Once material is placed, please leave it at the curbside until it is picked up.

Click here to view press release.

Residents can see the collection status of their area by viewing the yard waste collection tracker.


Recycling & Trash



  • Trash bags must be contained inside of their blue cart with the lid closed in order to be picked up. This also applies to CART customers with the 95-gallon cart option.
  • Recyclable items must be contained inside of their green cart with the lid closed in order to be picked up, as well.
  • Simple Recycling (the orange bags for clothing, textiles and other household goods) is temporarily suspended.
  • Bulk item collection (items over 30 pounds and longer than four feet in length) is temporarily suspended until further notice.
Click here to view press release.

Thank you for helping protect our workforce and community by adhering to these changes! We appreciate your flexibility and cooperation. Updates will be provided as soon as information is available.