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Yard Waste Season Ending Soon

Yard waste collection season is dwindling to its final days. Curbside yard waste collection services end November 30. So, residents who want to do a final leaf raking or yard spruce-up need to do so and get materials to the curb by their last regularly scheduled service date in November.

Yard waste services are offered by 14 of Mid Michigan Waste Authority’s 35 municipal members. Residents of those communities can bag unwanted yard waste materials and set them at the curb for collection on their regular trash day until their last service day in November. MMWA member communities with curbside residential yard waste service are noted below, in service day order:

Nov. 26
Saginaw – City
Brant Twp
Jonesfield Twp
Kochville Twp
Lakefield Twp
Marion Twp
Merrill – Village
Saginaw Twp S of Weiss
Swan Creek Twp
Nov. 27
Saginaw – City
Fremont Twp
Saginaw Twp N of Weiss
St Charles Twp
Zilwaukee – City
Nov. 28
Saginaw – City
Bridgeport Twp
Chapin Twp
Frankenmuth – City
Frankenmuth Twp
Spaulding Twp
Tittabawassee Twp
Nov. 29
Saginaw – City
Birch Run Twp
Birch Run Village
Buena Vista Twp
Carrollton Twp
Richland Twp
Chesaning Twp
Nov. 30
Saginaw – City
Albee Twp
Bethany Twp
Blumfield Twp
Brady Twp
Breckenridge – Village
James Twp
Maple Grove Twp
St Charles – Village
Thomas Twp
Wheeler Twp

State law defines yard waste as grass clippings, yard vegetation, leaves, sod without dirt and twigs smaller than 2″ around. All yard waste materials must be placed in paper yard waste bags, available at hardware and grocery stores, or in 33 gallon or smaller garbage cans that have a “Yard Waste Only” sticker attached. These stickers are available from the appropriate community’s municipal offices or free from MMWA by calling 989-781-9555. Bag tops should be rolled closed and cans should have lids on in inclement weather. Twigs may not protrude more than 6″ above the container. No can or bag can weigh more than 50 lbs, so keep that in mind as you fill bags, especially if materials are wet.

Brush, which includes branches greater than 2” in diameter but less than 8”, is managed separately from yard waste. It is allowed in the landfill and is treated as trash under the MMWA program. One 3′ x 4′ bundle of brush may be set out next to regular trash at anytime of the year. As well, a number of MMWA member communities offer limited-time brush drop-off site(s) or service. Call your community to find out if they offer this service.