Refuse and Recycling Reminders

During the holiday season, we all tend to generate more trash. Here are some trash/recycling tips to make this a hassle-free holiday season.

  • Remember the 34-gallon rule. Trash cans may not exceed 34-gallons in size.
  • Did I use enough tags or bags? Extra trash that exceeds the top of the can must be individually tagged with a City refuse tag or placed in a City refuse bag.
  • Remember the 50 lb. weight limit. Cans or bags that are deemed too heavy will not be picked up.
  • Split it up. If you have a large number of trash bags, put a few bags out each week.
  •  Be on time. Trash and recycling must be at the collection site (curb or alley) by 7:00 a.m.  If you set it out later, you risk not having it collected.
  • Prepare properly. Rinse out plastic bottles and cans. Flatten all cardboard boxes. Large boxes must be cut down to 2’ x 3’ sections for curbside recycling.  Flattened large boxes may also be taken to the Materials Recovery Facility (4208 E. River Road) as well as large pieces of Styrofoam. Bubble wrap and Styrofoam packing peanuts can be included with your trash.
  • Using extra bins for recycling. If you have more recycling that can fit inside your City bin, you can use another container such as an old laundry basket, or plastic container, do not use cardboard boxes.
  • Wrapping paper is not recyclable. Wrapping paper is not recyclable at the MRF.  Please do not place it in your recycling bins, it will not be collected.
  •  OOPS! What happened?  If you receive an OOPS card from the refuse or recycling collection crews, it will state a reason why your refuse/recycling was not collected.

City reminds community of holiday hours and trash collection schedule

City of Mt. Pleasant offices will be closed on the following days:

  • Monday, Dec. 25, 2017
  • Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017
  • Monday, Jan. 1, 2018

Refuse and recycling collection will be delayed one day during the weeks of Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.

For questions related to refuse and recycling collection, please contact the Division of Public Works at (989) 779-5401.

City to provide special heavy item collection July 1; Regular refuse and recycling collection to remain on schedule


In response to the flooding event, the City of Mt. Pleasant is offering its residents and property owners a special curbside collection of water-damaged heavy items on Saturday, July 1. Disposal instructions are as follows:

  • Items should be placed curbside, without blocking the roadway or storm drains.
  • Please do not place regular refuse and recycling with the flood-damaged items.
  • Collection is curbside only (no alley collection).
  • Residents do not need to use City refuse bags or tags. Residents may use regular garbage bags, if necessary, to contain flood-damaged items.
  • Residents may set out items now, but no later than 7 a.m. on Saturday, July 1. (Items set out now may be collected before Saturday.)
  • There is no cost for the collection.
  • Acceptable items include, but are not limited to: Carpet, padding, drywall, tile, wood flooring, furniture and cardboard.
  • Items not eligible for collection include tires, fuel-based power tools, anything containing Freon or fuel, and household hazardous waste such as pesticides and paint cans.

Regular refuse and recycling collection will remain on schedule this week. Large Item Stickers are not needed for the July 1 collection of flood-damaged items. There is no cost for the collection.

Please do not attempt to remove flood-damaged items from a basement until water has receded and the space can be safely accessed. All flood-damaged items should be considered contaminated and unsafe for use. City officials strongly discourage scavenging items placed at the curb for disposal.

For more information, call Public Works at (989) 779-5401.