MMWA Announces 2019 Special Waste Schedule

Appointments will be required for 2019 program season

Saginaw, MI —– Over the last three years, Mid Michigan Waste Authority’s Household Special Waste Program has become so popular, it has helped keep nearly 640 tons of hazardous and problem wastes out of the landfill. In order to continue meeting the needs of its member communities, in 2019 the program for the safe disposal of hazardous waste, paint, and electronics, is moving to an appointment-based format.

“It has always been our goal to offer residents a safe, accessible, and efficient drop-off experience, and that can be a challenge when we don’t know how many cars to expect or how much they will be dropping off,” said MMWA Administrative Director Katharine Tessin. “By scheduling appointments in advance, it will also allow us to know exactly what materials people are bringing us, so there are no surprises on the day of the event. When you are working with hazardous materials, that knowledge is critical to the safety of our residents and the workers at the event.”

Residents can make an appointment by contacting MMWA at 989-781-9555 Monday through Friday from 8:30 am through 5:00 pm.

Another change to this year’s schedule is that MMWA will no longer hold separate drop-off days for paint, electronics, and hazardous waste. Instead, there are eight All-in-One events, when residents can bring all of those items, plus eyeglasses and eyeglass cases. There are also two separate days for document shredding and polystyrene foam recycling.

The “all in one” combo days for electronics, paint, and hazardous waste, will be held on Saturday, May 11 from 9 am to 1 pm, Wednesday, May 22 from 2 pm to 6 pm, Saturday, June 8 from 9 am to 1 pm, Saturday, July 13 from 9 am to 1 pm, Tuesday, July 23 from 2 pm to 6 pm, Saturday, August 24 from 9 am to 1 pm, Thursday, September 12 from 2 pm to 6 pm, and Saturday, September 28 from 9 am to 1 pm.  At these events, residents may bring the following items:

  • All types of television and computer-related electronics, including: televisions, computers, printers, monitors, laptops, keyboards, phones, scanners, cables and cords, hard drives, mice, tablets, fax machines, printers and miscellaneous computer parts;
  • Paint including latex, acrylic and oil-based paint, spray paint, stain, varnish and caulk;
  • Hazardous waste materials like motor oil, gasoline, antifreeze, mercury, wiper fluid, kerosene, acids, aerosols, fluorescent bulbs, lawn and garden chemicals, glues and adhesives, pool chemicals, hobby chemicals, lead acid batteries, miscellaneous cleaners, degreasers, metal cleaners, and smoke detectors;
  • Used eyeglasses and eyeglass cases that will be donated to the Lions Club Recycle for Sight program, which provides glasses to people in need.

On Wednesday, June 12 from 2 pm to 6 pm and Tuesday, September 17 from 2 pm to 6 pm, residents may bring their confidential paperwork for secure on-site shredding – each person may bring two boxes of documents. At the shredding events, avid recyclers may also drop off their clean foam products for recycling. Accepted items include cups, takeout containers, egg cartons, block packaging, ice chests/coolers, and other #6 foam items. Packing peanuts, food-soiled foam products and non-polystyrene foam items cannot be accepted.

Residents must make an appointment by contacting MMWA at 989-781-9555 Monday through Friday from 8:30 am through 5:00 pm. As our program has grown in popularity, MMWA is taking this step of requiring a drop off appointment to help safeguard our residents and event staff. An MMWA representative will assist you in scheduling your appointment and reviewing some safety protocols. Unscheduled drop-offs cannot be accommodated.

There is no charge for disposal of any approved items, including CRT (cathode ray tube) televisions and computer monitors. Donations to help defray the cost of future events will be accepted.

The residential problem waste program is offered at no charge to residents of Saginaw County, Bethany Twp, Village of Breckenridge and Wheeler Twp. All events will be held at MMWA’s Community Resource Recovery Center, 2063 S Miller Rd, Saginaw, located at the southeast corner of Miller and Ederer Roads in James Twp.

Residents may opt to dispose of latex paint in their curbside trash, as long as the paint has solidified. If the paint can is less than ¼ full, remove the lid and place the can in a safe, well-ventilated area. For fuller cans, add cat litter or shredded paper to solidify the paint. Once the paint has hardened, lids should be removed and the cans placed next to the regular household trash so the driver knows the paint is not wet. This process does not work on oil-based paints, which must be brought to a paint collection day for proper disposal.

Unknown chemicals or substances should not be brought to any drop-off events. Residents who possess those items should contact MMWA to make special drop-off arrangements.

For safe preparation and transport of problem wastes in your vehicle, please follow these guidelines: Keep chemical products in original containers whenever possible. Do not mix products together. Be sure all containers are tightly sealed, and placed in sturdy boxes in an upright position.  Never transport leaking or open containers. Containers up to five-gallon in size are allowed, but containers cannot be returned. Business, farm, and school wastes, explosives, propane tanks, ammunition, tires, CRT tubes that have been removed from televisions or computers, and asbestos are not accepted.

For more information, call MMWA at (989) 781-9555 or visit www.recyclemotion.org.

Weather Update Thursday, February 14, 2019

Mid Michigan residents are experiencing a welcome reprieve from the recent inclement weather. All routes are running as usual. Shout out to all of the Waste Management drivers who have done a great job during these cold, snowy, icy, and windy days. Thank you to all of our residents for their patience.

Inclement weather update for Wednesday, February 13

Unfortunately it’s another Inclement Weather Wednesday in mid-Michigan and that means your trash and recycling collection may be impacted. Waste Management trucks will be on the road attempting service on Wednesday, February 13 but if they encounter areas that are not safe to travel, they will be unable to collect your materials until next week. Please remove your materials from the curb until your next service day. If your trash and/or recycling cannot be collected, we apologize for the inconvenience, but safety is always our top priority. Call us at (989)781-9555 if you have questions.

Inclement weather update for Tuesday, February 12

Mid-Michigan drivers are once again facing hazardous road conditions, with driving impacted by snow, freezing rain, decreased visibility, and wind gusts. However, Waste Management trash and recycling trucks will be on the road attempting service on Tuesday, February 12. Keep in mind that they may encounter areas that are not safe to travel, and if that happens, they will be unable to collect your materials until next week. Please remove your materials from the curb until your next service day. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we continue to prioritize safety during another bout of extreme weather. If you have questions, please call us at (989) 781-9555.

Inclement weather update for Friday, February 8

On Friday, February 8, Waste Management trucks should be on the road attempting service but drivers may encounter areas that are not safe to travel. If that happens, they will be unable to collect your materials until next week. Please remove your materials from the curb until your next service day. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we prioritize safety for our collection workers and our communities. Questions? Call us at (989) 781-9555.

Inclement weather update for Thursday, February 7

While services are not canceled today, Thursday, February 7, there will likely be areas the drivers cannot service due to icy road conditions. Waste Management trucks will be on the road attempting service but drivers may encounter areas that are not safe to travel. If that happens, they will be unable to collect your materials until next week. Please remove your materials from the curb until your next service day. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we prioritize safety for our collection workers and our communities. Questions? Call us at (989) 781-9555.

Inclement weather update for Wednesday, February 6

Most area school districts are closed as residents in the Mid Michigan Waste Authority service area wake up to icy roadways and freezing rain. Waste Management trucks will be on the road attempting service today but drivers may encounter areas that are not safe to travel. If that happens, they will be unable to collect your materials until next week. Please remove your materials from the curb until your next service day. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we prioritize safety for our collection workers and our communities. Questions? Call us at (989) 781-9555

Trash, recycling services canceled Friday, Feb 1

Freezing temps impact service to 11 Mid Michigan Waste Authority communities

 SAGINAW, MI  –  Due to the expected sub-zero temperatures, solid waste collection services will be canceled in 11 mid-Michigan communities on Friday, February 1.

MMWA trash and recycling collection services, operated by Waste Management, will NOT be running in Albee Twp, Bethany Twp, Blumfield Twp, Brady Twp, Village of Breckenridge, James Twp, Maple Grove Twp, Village of St Charles, City of Saginaw, Thomas Twp, and Wheeler Twp. Recycling trucks from the City of Saginaw will also not be collecting on Friday.

Solid waste collection services were also canceled on Wednesday, January 30, and Thursday, January 31, impacting Birch Run Twp, Village of Birch Run, Bridgeport Twp, Buena Vista Twp, Carrollton Twp, Chapin Twp, Chesaning Twp, City of Frankenmuth, Frankenmuth Twp, Richland Twp, City of Saginaw, St Charles Twp, Spaulding Twp, and Tittabawassee Twp.

Communities with canceled trash and recycling services will not have collection service until their next regular collection day. Residents are asked to remove all materials from the curb until their service day next week.

Residents should refer to MMWA’s Facebook page and website, www.recyclemotion.org, for the most current announcements regarding inclement weather impacts.

 

 

UPDATE: Trash services canceled for Thursday, January 31

Freezing temps impact service to Mid Michigan Waste Authority communities

 SAGINAW, MI  –  Due to the expected sub-zero temperatures, solid waste collection services will be canceled in eight mid-Michigan communities on Thursday, January 31.

Those communities are Birch Run Twp, Village of Birch Run, Buena Vista Twp, Carrollton Twp, Chesaning Twp, Richland Twp, St Charles Twp, and the City of Saginaw.

Mid Michigan Waste Authority trash and recycling collection services, operated by Waste Management, will NOT be running on Thursday. Recycling trucks from the City of Saginaw will also not be collecting in the City.

Residents in those communities should hold their materials until their next regular service day. Do not place trash or recycling to the curb, as collection trucks will not return until next week.

Weather conditions for Friday, February 1 are being closely monitored to ensure that collection workers and communities stay safe. Residents in all MMWA member communities  should refer to MMWA’s Facebook page and website, www.recyclemotion.org, for the most current announcements regarding potential inclement weather impacts.

 

 

MMWA trash, recycling services canceled Wed., Jan. 30

Freezing temps impact service to Mid Michigan Waste Authority communities

 SAGINAW, MI  –  Due to the expected sub-zero temperatures, solid waste collection services will be canceled in seven mid-Michigan communities on Wednesday, January 30.

Mid Michigan Waste Authority trash and recycling collection services, operated by Waste Management, will NOT be running in Bridgeport Twp, Chapin Twp, City of Frankenmuth, Frankenmuth Twp, City of Saginaw, Spaulding Twp, and Tittabawassee Twp. Recycling trucks from the City of Saginaw will also not be collecting on Wednesday.

Residents in those communities should hold their materials until their next regular service day. Do not place trash or recycling to the curb, as collection trucks will not return until next week.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has declared a state of emergency in Michigan as the state braces for extreme weather conditions and wind chills as low as negative 50 degrees.

While it is currently anticipated that collection services will be provided on Thursday, January 31 and Friday, February 1, the weather is being closely monitored to ensure that collection workers and communities stay safe. Residents in communities serviced on those days should refer to MMWA’s Facebook page and website, www.recyclemotion.org, for the most current announcements regarding inclement weather impacts.

Mid Michigan Waste Authority is a government entity providing comprehensive residential solid waste services to approximately 69,000 households in 34 communities across the Saginaw Valley area. For more information about residential curbside collection services and other MMWA programming call (989) 781-9555 or visit www.recyclemotion.org.