Household Recycling

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Donate usable leftover paint to family, friends and neighbors, local churches, animal shelters, town offices, housing groups, theater groups, etc.

Proper Disposal
Properly dispose of usable or unusable paint at a seasonal household special waste drop off event. Event details are posted to this site as they become available.

Use It Up
Use it up by applying paint to scrap lumber or cardboard. When dry, place the scrap lumber or cardboard in the trash as a bulky item. Recycle empty paint cans by wiping dried paint from the can / lid and place it in your mixed container recycling bin.

Dry It Up
Remove lids and place open cans in a well ventilated area away from children and pets until dry. This method works best for cans with less than 2″ of paint.

Absorb It
Mix paint with an absorbent, such as shredded paper, cat litter, or a product intended to solidify or clean up oil-spills. Allow to completely dry then place in your regular trash.

Keep In Mind
• Buy only the quantity you need for your project.
• Keep paint in the original container.
• Store paint according to labeled directions.
• Avoid skin contact and vapors.
• NEVER mix different products.

Home Construction Waste


Home remodeling and construction materials cannot be disposed of curbside with the MMWA refuse program. Materials in this category include: asphalt, brick, concrete, stone, plywood sheets, drywall, lumber and other building supplies.

Ferrous Metals: Obsolete Material, Appliances & Sheet Metal, Car Bodies, Industrial Production Scrap, Mixed Steel w/ Tool Steel, SEG Steel.

Non-Ferrous Metals: All Grades of Aluminum, Copper, Stainless Steel, Brass, Batteries, Lead, Carbide.


Billy’s Contracting
Hauls clean asphalt, brick, concrete, wood and metal
3161 Carrollton Rd
989-753-7719 or 888-9-BILLYS (888-924-5597)

Champagne and Marx
Accepts broken asphalt, concrete and brick
1445 Liberty Rd

Habitat for Humanity ReStore Saginaw
Accepts surplus building supplies
315 W. Holland St

Saginaw Rock
Accepts clean concrete only
1701 N. 1st St

The Rifkin Group
1445 North Niagara Street

Propane Tanks


Most hardware and grocery stores, as well as some gas stations, offer propane tank refills or exchanges. Some may also offer tank disposal. Check the Yellow Pages for other locations. Call for details on disposal availability and fees. Unless noted, refill and disposal rates are for 20 lb. tanks only.


ACO Hardware
5125 Gratiot Rd, Saginaw
Exchanges only

Amerigas Propane Service
4885 East Rd, Saginaw
$5.00 disposal fee

Central Rental
1425 S. Graham Rd, Saginaw
Fill only

Clark’s Ace Hardware
1117 State St, Saginaw
Refills only

Dague Dri Gas Inc.
3875 S. Graham Rd, Saginaw
Refill or recycle

Ferrellgas – Bay City
7038 Westside Saginaw Rd, Bay City
Disposal fee charged per cylinder

Home Depot
8670 Gratiot Rd, Saginaw

3132 Bucker Drive, Saginaw
Exchanges only

All Locations
Exchanges only

Meijer Stores
All Locations
Exchanges only

Parker’s Propane
5000 Zelle Dr, Bridgeport
Refill or recycle (put on back dock)

Retail Locations only

All Locations
Exchanges only

Wohlfeil’s Ace Hardware
5818 State St, Saginaw
Free Disposal

Smoke Detectors


Proper disposal of smoke detectors is important, as they contain a trace amount of radioactive material. There may be a small disposal fee.


Gale Fire Protection, Inc.
10248 Pierce Rd.

Vanguard Fire & Security Co.
1633 Champagne Dr.



Regular household batteries, such as AAA, AA, C, D and 9 volt, are now manufactured with virtually no heavy metals and may be safely disposed of in the trash. Some batteries, including hearing aid batteries, can be recycled. See listing below for various recycling options.

Lead Acid Batteries
Lead acid batteries used in cars, boats, snowmobiles and ATV’s, are accepted for recycling at a number of retail stores and automotive service facilities selling new lead-acid batteries. A core charge of $10 – $15 is usually assessed by the retailer. Also check the Yellow Pages under Auto Parts, Scrap Yards, Recycling Drop-Off Centers or Car Batteries. (see automotive recycling)

Rechargeable Batteries
Check the batteries in cordless power tools, laptop computers, cordless and cell phones, PDA’s, camcorders, and remote control toys. If they no longer hold a charge recycle them. The Call 2 Reclyce Corporation works with retail stores to collect rechargeable batteries for recycling. Call 877-2-RECYCLE or visit for more information. Local drop off locations include:


ABC Appliance, Inc.
4150 Bay Rd, Saginaw

Advanced Wireless PCS
4880 Gratiot Rd Ste 2, Saginaw

Advanced Wireless PCS
Fashion Square Mall, Saginaw

5025 Bay Rd, Saginaw

Batteries Plus
2930 McCarty Rd, Saginaw

Best Buy
4406 Bay Rd, Saginaw
(989) 799-8266

3225 Christy Way N, Saginaw

Home Depot
8670 Gratiot Rd, Saginaw

3132 Bucker Drive, Saginaw

2258 Tittabawassee Rd, Saginaw

5051 State St, Saginaw

4874 Fashion Square Mall, Saginaw

Rogers’ Hobbies
5620 State St, Saginaw

Sam’s Club
5656 Bay Rd, Saginaw

4900 Fashion Square Mall, Saginaw

Sprint PCS
3125 Tittabawassee Rd, Saginaw

Saginaw Square Shopping Ctr
2860 Tittabawassee Rd, Saginaw

Verizon Wireless
5054 Bay Rd, Saginaw

Fire Extinguishers


Throwing spent or out-dated fire extinguisher containers in the trash poses a hazard to trash collection personnel. The companies listed below provide safe disposal of extinguishers, or contact your area fire department for tips.


Vanguard Fire & Security Co.
1633 Champagne Dr.



Toilets are an accepted item in the MMWA curbside trash program, but please make sure the toilet is completely empty and remove the tank from the bowl so it is in two pieces. If it is in two pieces, your trash driver will be able to safely collect it with your regular trash.

If you can’t remove the tank (we know the bolts can get rusty and corroded) your toilet will be collected by the bulk truck, which means it may sit at the curb for up to two service days.

The Listings on this website do not constitute an endorsement by Mid Michigan Waste Authority. The information provided is not all inclusive and is subject to change without notice.


The Loop Guide provides curbside solid waste service requirement info for residents of Mid Michigan Waste Authority (MMWA) member communities.

These trash, recycling and yard waste guidelines are in place to provide residents an efficient, safe, cost-effective services program. By following these guidelines, you will ensure the health and safety of collection workers and experience curbside service without interruption.

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