Garbage CollectionGarbage collection is provided by Waste Management, Inc.  Garbage day is Thursday unless a holiday falls on Monday-Thursday and then garbage will be collected on Friday.  The holidays referenced are New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.  The pickup route may change periodically so garbage should be placed curbside no later than 6:00 a.m. on collection day.

Garbage is picked up on only one side of the street so you may have to place your garbage across from your house.  If you are new to the area, please observe where your neighbors are placing their garbage.  A maximum of five trash cans or plastic bags will be accepted per household.   Trash cans or plastic bags cannot exceed 35 pounds or 39 gallons in capacity. The State has regulations that prohibit Waste Management from collecting certain items including carbonated beverage containers, used oil, motor vehicle tires, lead acid batteries, yard clippings, medical waste, sewage, asbestos and items containing polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).  Information on proper disposal of these items may be obtained from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment’s Web site or by contacting Waste Management at (989) 362-9562.

The City hasn’t had a City-wide cleanup day in many years but our latest contract with Waste Management allows residents to put out one bulk item per week.  Waste Management defines a bulk item as furniture such as couches, chairs, benches, etc.; one bundle of construction/building material that is bundled in lengths no longer than three feet and weighing no more than 40 pounds; and appliances such as washers, dryers, water heaters.  Appliances containing Freon will not be accepted. The bulk item can be placed at the same location as regular garbage but may not be picked up at the same time.  Depending on whether or not the driver needs help to lift the item, Waste Management may pick up the large item at a different time.