City Yards Facility and Compost

Northville’s City Yards facility is an operations center for the Department of Public Works. It includes a storage facility for equipment, a maintenance facility equipped to service all equipment owned and operated by the City, a salt storage shed and a leaf composting area. This facility is located at 650 Doheny Drive, Northville, MI 48167.

Compost and wood chips are available

This material is free and available at City Yards, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Instructions on how to open the gate are posted near the keypad. You must supply your own containers and load your own compost. Compost is beneficial when spread in gardens to provide nutrients to plants and flowers, while wood chips help the ground retain moisture to reduce the need for water and prevent water runoff.

The compost is created from leaves collected each fall by the city.  These leaves are routinely turned, which reduces their volume by 90% and converts this scrap material into a rich, organic matter.  The DPW uses compost for landscaping  in city parks, cemeteries, and other public properties.