City of Mt. Pleasant Trash Collection Delayed One Day; Recycling to be Collected as Scheduled

Due to the icy road conditions, Republic Services is canceling their trash collection routes in Mt. Pleasant on Tuesday, January 12, 2021. Trash pick up will be delayed one day for the remainder of the week.

PLEASE NOTE: Recycling collection, provided by MMI, will take place as originally scheduled.

2020 Fall Leaf Collection Information (Updated 11/6/2020)

UPDATE 11/6/2020: With the high volume of leaves, street crews were unable to complete the first leaf collection.  

The area affected includes Washington to Mission Street, north of High Street.  Leaves in this specific area will be picked up starting the morning of Monday, November 9, 2020.  This will complete the first scheduled leaf collection.  There are two more leaf collections scheduled for the week of November 16 and the week of November 30, 2020.  

ORIGINAL POST 9/23/2020: As the temperatures cool, and the trees start to show their vibrant colors, residents and landscaping companies are reminded to not rake leaves into the streets until the week of October 26. City staff will make one sweep through the entire City during pick up weeks. Therefore, leaves should be raked into low piles before Monday of pick up weeks and not cover catch basins.

On High and Pickard Streets, where high traffic volume prohibits leaves in the gutter; residents and landscaping companies should rake the leaves onto the rights-of-way, between the curb and sidewalk. Those who live on streets other than High and Pickard must place their leaves in the street. If you live on a boulevard, do not place leaves in the median, place them in front of your home.

Yard waste bags should not be used; this collection is for leaves only. Leaf piles must not contain garden or shrubbery clippings, dead grass, branches, trim board or other material.

Residents who wish to rake their yards ahead of the City’s collection schedule may bag and dispose of the leaves for a fee at the Material Recovery Facility, located at 4208 E. River Rd., Mt. Pleasant. Leaves may also be mulched with a mulching lawnmower.

The City’s 2020 leaf collection schedule is as follows:

Week of November 2: Staff will collect leaves in a City-wide sweep.

Week of November 16: Staff will collect leaves in a City-wide sweep.

November 30: Final collection of leaves in a City-wide sweep.

Any leaves left in the street after the crews have made their final pass will not be collected and are the responsibility of the homeowner.

Questions may be directed to the Division of Public Works, 989-779-5401.

Special One-Time Recycling Collection for City of Mt. Pleasant Residents

The City of Mt. Pleasant has contracted with Republic Services to conduct a one-time special curbside pick up for recyclables. This collection, within the city limits, will take place on your regularly scheduled recycle pick-up date during the week of May 18, 2020.

Please place your items at the usual pick up point (curb or alley) by 7:00 a.m. on your usual scheduled pick up day. All usual City recycling guidelines are still in effect.

Based on the high volume of recycling to be picked up it is possible Republic Services may not be able to totally complete the collection on the scheduled pick up day. If that occurs, please leave your bin out overnight so the remaining recycling material can be picked up the next day.

Recycling Reminders:

  • All cardboard must be flattened and stacked.
  • All recyclable material should be placed in a blue recycle bin or near a blue bin in another container. A cardboard box may be used as a container for this pick up only. Plastic bags are not permitted.
  • Remove tape and staples from paper, and cellophane envelope windows before recycling.

Items which will NOT be picked up:

  • Pizza boxes and other food boxes.
  • Styrofoam
  • Shredded paper
  • Large metal objects
  • Colored glass
  • Kleenex, paper towels, and used personal products, such as diapers and wipes.
  • Wax or plastic coated cardboard/boxboard, such as milk and juice cartons, laundry soap boxes, and dog/cat food bags or water softener salt bags.
  • Metal cutting strips from aluminum foil and similar boxes are acceptable, but must be removed and included with your tin and aluminum recyclables. The boxes themselves can be included with your cardboard.
  • Plastic shopping bags.

Curbside recycling pickup will remain suspended after this one-time special pick up. Further announcements regarding the opening of the Isabella County Material Recovery Facility, and resumption of curbside recycling collection will be shared via the City’s website (, Blog (, Facebook and Twitter accounts, MACTV Charter Spectrum Channel 188, and the Community Information Phone Line (989) 779-5320.