City of Mt. Pleasant Fourth of July Holiday Hours and Firework Ordinance Reminder

City of Mt. Pleasant Holiday Hours

City offices will be closed on July 3, 2020. There will be no delay in refuse and recycling pick up.

Firework Regulation and Safety Reminders

As Independence Day approaches, now is a good time to review firework safety tips and regulations.

City of Mt. Pleasant Fireworks Ordinance

This ordinance states a person may only discharge or use consumer fireworks on private property on June 29 – July 4; from 11 a.m. – 11:45 p.m. On all other days of the year, fireworks may not be discharged within the City limits. Violations shall be punishable with fines of $500 up to $1,000.

Additionally, a minor shall not possess, ignite, discharge or use consumer fireworks. Fireworks shall not be used while a person is under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance, or during times when a burning ban has been established by the National Weather Service in Grand Rapids, MI. For a list of burning restrictions by county, visit http://www.dnr.state.mi.us/burnpermits/.

For those planning on discharging fireworks this July Fourth holiday, please follow the City regulations as stated above and practice these safety tips:

1.    Read and follow all warning and instructions.

2.    Never allow children to play with fireworks of any kind.

3.    Wear protective clothing, including eye wear.

4.    Only light devices on smooth, flat surfaces away from residential areas, dry leaves and flammable materials.

5.    Always keep a hose or bucket of water nearby in case of malfunction.

6.    Never try to re-light fireworks that have not fully functioned.

The best way to protect your family is to avoid the use of fireworks at home entirely. 

Refuse and Recycling Reminders

During the holidays trash and recyclable materials can accumulate quickly. Below are tips to insure your trash and recycling are collected.

  1. All cardboard must be flattened.
  2. Large boxes must be cut into sections no larger than 2’ x 3’.  If the cardboard is too stiff or difficult to cut up, you may drop them off at the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), 4208 E. River Road, at no charge.
  3. Styrofoam cannot be collected at curbside. Formed Styrofoam, from a new TV or large appliance, may be dropped off at the MRF. Packing peanuts are not accepted; consider saving them for shipping next year’s presents or use them to protect delicate ornaments and other decorations.
  4. Plastic packaging, such as cellophane “windows” on toy packaging, should be discarded in your trash.   
  5. Holiday parties are enjoyable, but the extra trash can really pile up. Please do not overfill your trash can. If your trash can has a lid, it must fit securely. All extra trash should be placed in a City refuse bag or tagged with a City refuse tag.
  6. Need to dispose of old furniture or other large items?  Large item stickers are available for purchase for $15 each at City Hall. 
  7. Please place trash and recycling in the designated collection area no later than 7:30 a.m. on collection day.

If you have questions, please contact the Division of Public Works at (989) 779-5401.  Thank you for your cooperation, and have a wonderful holiday season.

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

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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.