Trash Collection, Recycling and Yard Waste
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Trash Collection Information
The collection of solid waste, yard waste and recyclable materials is performed by Waste Management of Michigan for the City by contractual arrangement.
Solid waste, yard waste and recyclable materials are collected each week on Tuesday. Collection is delayed one day for Christmas day, New Year's Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor day and Thanksgiving Day if the holiday falls on a Monday or Tuesday. In such cases, collection will take place on Wednesday.
Payment for Services
The cost for collection services for each property in the City that has collection pick up is placed on the Winter Tax Roll and collected when the Winter Taxes are paid.
Plastic trash bags and paper composting bags may be purchased at City Hall. The City does not use stickers or other methods of identification for collection bags as many other municipalities opt to do. Bags may be purchased from grocery or hardware stores and at City Hall.
Residents may use disposable plastic bags with a capacity not to exceed 32 gallons and a loaded weight not to exceed 50 pounds. Residents may also use reusable containers made of plastic, metal or fiberglass with a capacity not to exceed 32 gallons and a loaded weight not to exceed 50 pounds.
It is the resident's responsibility to see that containers, bags, bundles and bins are placed at curbside, or as close as practicable to collection vehicle routes, by 7:30 a.m. on the designated collection day. If a resident follows this procedure and is skipped, please contact City Hall at (586) 727-7571. The resident may also contact Waste Management directly at (800) 796-9696.
The Contractor may decline to collect any containers, bags, bundles or bins not so placed; any containers that contain sharp objects or liquids; or any residential refuse not properly contained.
Construction debris from demolished structures and/or new construction will not be picked up unless previous arrangements are made between the resident and Contractor at an agreed upon price. Call Waste Management at (800) 386-7783 to make arrangements.
Waste Management will only accept white goods/bulk goods if the refrigerant has been professionally removed by a refrigerant recovery service company. Forms are available at City Hall that explain the procedure necessary to have one of the bulky items collected.
PLEASE TAKE NOTE that under City Code and State Law is unlawful for any person to leave outside of any building or dwelling, or in a place accessible to children, any abandoned, unattended or discarded icebox, refrigerator, trunk, or any other container of any kind which has an air tight door or lock which may not be released for opening from the inside of the icebox, refrigerator, trunk, or other container, without first removing the locks or doors therefrom.
The term "hazardous waste" has been around a long time but is usually thought of in conjunction with industrial manufacturing processes. There are items around the house that are frequently used and discarded that are not thought of as hazardous waste, but they are. Paint, painting accessories, caustic cleaners, automotive coolants & lubricants, pesticides and numerous other petroleum products are "residential" hazardous waste. Please do not dispose of these types of products with the household trash, dumping them down the sink drain or a convenient storm drain.
To find out how to properly dispose of these types of products, and any others that you are not sure about, contact the Environmental Health Services Division of the Macomb County Health Department at (586) 469-5467, weekdays between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
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The Contractor will provide each residential unit with one recycling bin. Should an additional bin be needed, one can be obtained at City Hall.
Residents can commingle the recycling in the bin. The Contractor will separate the commodities.
The commodities that will be accepted are:
The Contractor will pick up the recyclables at each residential unit once per week on the same day as the solid waste removal.
It is recommended that newspapers be inserted end-on into a paper grocery bag before placing them in the bin. Help keep your neighborhood and our community clean.
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Yard Waste Pick Up
Yard waste (leaves, grass, prunings) is collected by the Contractor at curbside, provided that it is in approved containers or paper composting bags. Biodegradable bags, other than paper composting bags, are not acceptable.
Yard waste containers shall be metal or durable polyvinyl with handles, in good condition, and shall have a capacity of not less than ten gallons nor more than 32 gallons, and no single container shall weigh more than 50 pounds when full. Yard waste containers shall have the approved decal for yard waste affixed to them. Where approved compositing bags are used, it will only be necessary to place the composting bags and contents at the curb. Each residential unit is limited to a maximum of ten (10) containers and or composting bags per week.
Yard waste will be picked up once per week, during the months of April thru November, on the same day as solid waste and recycling removal.
Brush and tree limbs will be picked up provided the are securely tied in bundles not over three feet in length, nor over 50 pounds in weight. Christmas trees do not have to be bundled and will be picked up following Christmas.
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