Mid Michigan Waste Authority FAQ

    • General Trash Questions

    • Is there a limit to how much trash I can set out each week?
    • There is no limit unless you live in the City of Saginaw. There is a limit of 20 bags or cans of trash for City of Saginaw residents. Check your Community Page for any specific requirements for trash set.
    • What is a bulky item?
    • Items that are too large for a standard 35 gallon trash can or 55 gallon trash bag or weigh more than 50 lbs are considered a bulky item. Click here for more details about handling your bulky items.
    • Why is my bulky item still at the curb?
    • Bulky items that are too large or heavy for the trash driver to collect are tagged with an orange sticker to note it is on the schedule for bulk item collection. A special truck designed to handle oversized items is routed to pick up bulky items. If the bulky item is not collected prior to your next regular trash day, please contact MMWA at 989-781-9555.
    • General Recycling Questions

    • Why can’t I recycle foam carryout containers?
    • Foam products like carryout containers, meat trays, egg cartons, product packaging and packing peanuts are not accepted because the transportation and recycling costs for this material are excessive. Try to avoid purchasing products with foam packaging and take a reusable container with you when dining out to hold any leftovers.
    • Which plastics can I recycle?
    • You can recycle #1, #2 and #4-#7 plastics. Foam products should never be placed in the recycling bin, even if they have a number on them.
    • Where do I get another recycling bin?
    • Residents can make their own recycling bin from any 45 gallon or smaller container*. Affix a “Recyclables Only” sticker or mark/paint a large letter “R” on the front of the can to indicate that it contains recyclables.  Residents can also contact their municipal office for a standard 18 gallon recycling bin. Click here for your community contact information. 
    • * Note: In the City of Frankenmuth, residents must use only the 18-gallon recycling bins available through the city office.
    • Where do I get more “Recyclables Only” stickers?
    • Contact your municipal office or MMWA. Click Here for your community contact information.
    • General Yard Waste Questions

    • What is considered yard waste?
    • Yard waste is defined by state law as grass clippings, yard vegetation, sod without dirt, twigs (less then 2″ in diameter), leaves, etc. These items may be placed in a 35 gallon or smaller trash can or paper yard waste bag and must each weigh less than 50 pounds. Please close bag(s) or use lids. Twigs cannot extend more than 12 inches above the top of any yard waste container. Cans need a “Yard Waste” sticker, while yard waste bags may need a tag in some towns; call your local municipality for details.
    • Why isn’t yard waste accepted in plastic bags?
    • Yard waste is delivered to a special facility for composting. Plastic bags would need to be removed from every bag of yard waste before it could be processed, which requires time and very expensive equipment. To keep costs reasonable, this facility and most others in Michigan do not accept yard waste in plastic bags.
    • Can I put my yard waste in bio-degradable plastic bags?
    • No. Bio-degradable plastic bags are not accepted.
    • What is brush?
    • Brush is defined by state law as branches larger than 2″ in diameter. Click Here for Details. Some communities offer special collection for brush or a drop-off site for brush. Visit your community page for more information.
    • Where do I get “Yard Waste Only” stickers?
    • Contact your municipal office or MMWA. Visit your community page for more information.