Thanksgiving holiday will delay some trash service

The upcoming Thanksgiving holiday will cause a one-day delay in residential collection of recycling, trash, and yard waste for 18 MMWA member communities whose regular collection service day falls on the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, Nov. 22 or the Friday after the holiday. Residents who normally receive curbside collection services on Thursday or Friday should prepare and set out materials one day later than normal.

Communities with a Monday through Wednesday collection day will not be impacted by the holiday and should put their materials to the curb on their regular service day. Those serviced on Thursday should place their materials out on Friday and those serviced on Friday should place their materials out on Saturday.


Veterans Day holiday will not impact trash service

The upcoming Veterans Day holiday on Sunday, November 11, will not cause any delays in trash and recycling services provided to the 34 communities served by the Mid Michigan Waste Authority. Service is never impacted when the holiday falls on a weekend.

Residents should prepare and set out materials on their regularly scheduled collection day during the week of November 11.

Holidays that do impact solid waste pickup include New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Any communities with service that falls on the holiday and those that are serviced on the weekdays after the holiday will have collection delayed by one day.

MMWA Holiday Light Recycling Drive returns Nov 15 – Jan 15

Project gives new life to old lights, raises funds for CAN Council

SAGINAW, MI —– Mid Michigan Waste Authority is again teaming up with several community partners to make the upcoming holidays a little greener with its annual Holiday Light Recycling Drive.

The project kicks off on America Recycles Day – November 15 – just as many people are pulling out their holiday decorations for the season. It runs through January 15, 2019.

In the first three years of the popular project, nearly four tons of unwanted holiday lights were collected, keeping thousands of strings of lights out of the landfill. When deposited in a landfill, it takes between 100 and 1,000 years for holiday lights to decompose, but through the recycling drive old lights will find new life.

All sizes, styles, and colors of indoor and outdoor string lights can be donated. Only string lights – not other lighted holiday decorations – can be accepted.

Residents can drop off their lights at ten locations throughout Saginaw County, plus a Gratiot County drop-off site at the Wheeler Township Office. Collection bins can be found at:

  • Bridgeport Twp Governmental Center
    6740 Dixie Highway, Bridgeport
  • The CAN Council
    1311 N Michigan Ave, Saginaw
  • Kochville Twp Office
    5851 Mackinaw Rd, Saginaw
  • Mid Michigan Waste Authority
    2063 S Miller Rd, Saginaw
  • Richland Twp Administrative Office
    1180 N Hemlock Rd, Hemlock
  • Saginaw Twp Dept of Public Services
    4870 Shattuck Rd, Saginaw
  • St. Charles Public Library
    132 S Saginaw St, St. Charles
  • Thomas Twp Public Safety Building
    8215 Shields Dr, Saginaw
  • Tittabawassee Twp Park
    (during Freeland Light Show starting 11/23)
    9200 Midland Rd, Freeland
  • Wheeler Twp Office
    8510 E Monroe Rd, Wheeler
  • Zilwaukee City Administration Building
    319 Tittabawassee Rd, Saginaw

MMWA is again joining forces with Gary Shepard, organizer of the beloved Freeland Light Show, which runs November 23 through January 1 at Tittabawassee Twp Park.  Visitors to the show may drop off lights at the collection bin located in the park.

The lights will be processed by Rifkin Scrap Metal and Iron, a local company that will send the constituent materials to a processor. The refined materials will then move on to manufacturers to be used in new products. Rifkin is providing a rebate for the lights, with all proceeds going to the CAN (Child Abuse and Neglect) Council of the Great Lakes Bay Region.

Residents should not place holiday lights in their recycling bins or cans at home, as they are not an item accepted through the MMWA curbside recycling program.

Getting rid of old holiday lights is also a great opportunity to make the switch to LED lights, which last longer, and are more energy efficient and durable.


Early trash pickup on Halloween to keep trick-or-treaters safe

To ensure the safety of trick-or-treaters and area drivers on Halloween, Mid Michigan Waste Authority refuse collection services will begin an hour earlier on Wednesday, October 31.

Waste Management garbage, yard waste, and recycling trucks will hit the streets to start collecting solid waste materials at 6 am on Halloween instead of the normal 7 am start time.  To assist with getting refuse collection services completed before trick or treat activities begin, residents in communities serviced on Halloween should place their materials at the curb by 6 am.

The affected communities include Bridgeport Twp, Chapin Twp, Frankenmuth City, Frankenmuth Twp, City of Saginaw (residents with a Wednesday service day only), Spaulding Twp, and Tittabawassee Twp.

Residents with questions should contact Mid Michigan Waste Authority at (989) 781-9555.

Columbus Day holiday will not delay trash service

The upcoming Columbus Day holiday on Monday, October 8, will not cause any delays in trash, recycling and yard waste services provided to the 34 communities served by the Mid Michigan Waste Authority.

Residents should prepare and set out materials on their regularly scheduled collection day during the holiday week.

The list of holidays that do impact solid waste pickup are: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Any communities with service that falls on the holiday and those that are serviced on the weekdays after the holiday will have collection delayed by one day. Service is not impacted when the holiday falls on a weekend.


Medications not accepted at Sept 27 All-in-One drop-off event

Residents planning to attend Mid Michigan Waste Authority’s All-in-One drop-off event on Thursday, September 27 should note that MMWA is no longer able to accept unwanted medications. Please do not bring prescription or over-the-counter drugs to this event. Residents may drop off their unwanted electronics, hazardous waste, paint, and eyeglasses.

A medication disposal program is offered through the Saginaw County Department of Public Health for Saginaw County residents. Under the free program, both prescription and non-prescription unwanted/leftover medications can be dropped at any of 11 different law enforcement locations across the county for safe disposal, as well as at SCDPH. Items can be dropped off at these locations during normal business hours; please call for hours of operation and directions:

  • Buena Vista Police Department
    (989) 754-6536
  • Delta College Police Department
    (989) 686-9113
  • Frankenmuth Police Department
    (989) 652-8371
  • Richland Township Police Department
    (989) 642-2097
  • Saginaw City Police Department
    (989) 759-1288
  • Saginaw County Department of Public Health
    (989) 758-3683
  • Saginaw County Sheriff’s Office
    (989) 790-5456
  • Saginaw Township Police Department
    989) 793-2310
  • Saginaw Valley State University Police Department
    (989) 964-4141
  • St. Charles Police Department
    (989) 865-8287
  • Thomas Township Police Department
    (989) 781-1300
  • Tittabawassee Township Police Department
    (989) 695-9623

For more information about this program, contact the health department at (989) 758-3686.


Labor Day Holiday – Trash Service Delayed One Day

The upcoming Labor Day holiday does impact solid waste collection services provided to the 34 Mid Michigan Waste Authority (MMWA) member communities. There will be no trash, recycling, or yard waste collection provided on Monday, September 3.

With the holiday falling on a weekday, collection services will be delayed one day for every community the week of Labor Day. Residents should prepare and set out materials one day later than they normally do during the holiday week.

MMWA communities should set their materials out on the following days during the Labor Day holiday week:

Tues, Sept 4Wed, Sept 5Thurs, Sept 6 Fri, Sept 7Sat, Sept 8
Saginaw – CitySaginaw – CitySaginaw – CitySaginaw – CitySaginaw – City
Brant TwpFremont TwpBridgeport TwpBirch Run TwpAlbee Twp
Jonesfield TwpSaginaw Twp  N of WeissChapin TwpBirch Run VillageBethany Twp
Kochville TwpZilwaukee – CityFrankenmuth – CityBuena Vista TwpBlumfield Twp
Lakefield Twp Frankenmuth TwpCarrollton TwpBrady Twp
Marion Twp Spaulding TwpRichland TwpBreckenridge – Village
Merrill – Village Tittabawassee TwpChesaning TwpJames Twp
Saginaw Twp  S of WeissSt Charles TwpMaple Grove Twp
Swan Creek Twp St Charles – Village
   Thomas Twp
   Wheeler Twp



Find a home for your foam

After the very positive response to its first foam recycling drop-off day last May, Mid Michigan Waste Authority is looking forward to providing this service again on Thursday, September 20 from 3 pm to 7 pm.

Accepted items include cups, takeout containers, egg cartons, block packaging, ice chests/coolers, and other #6 foam items. Packing peanuts, construction foam, and dirty foam products cannot be accepted.

MMWA reminds residents that the foam must be clean, dry, and free of debris. Do not bring any items that have food residue, as they will not be accepted.

During the foam event, residents may also bring their confidential paper documents for free, secure on-site shredding. Each household may bring the equivalent of two banker’s boxes.

The event is open to residents of Saginaw County, Bethany Twp, Village of Breckenridge, and Wheeler Township, and will be held at 2063 S Miller Rd, Saginaw.

For more information, call (989) 781-9555.

Seeking spectacles!

In just about any home, one can find a pair of eyeglasses that are no longer being used. That same pair of eyeglasses can change another person’s life.

That’s why Mid Michigan Waste Authority is pleased to partner with Lions Club International on the organization’s Recycle for Sight program, which provides glasses for people in need. At all household special waste drop-off events, MMWA will accept used eyeglasses and eyeglass cases that will be donated to the Lions Club Recycle for Sight program, which provides glasses to people in need.

Residents may bring their unwanted eyewear to any of the electronics recycling, paint, hazardous waste, and all-in-one collection events offered by MMWA through September 2018.

Lions Club volunteers collect used eyeglasses and deliver them to regional Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centers (LERCs). LERC volunteers clean, sort by prescription strength and package the glasses. Recycled glasses are distributed to people in need in low and middle-income communities where they will have the greatest impact.

Donate glasses and change someone’s life. Imagine if you could help a child read, an adult succeed in his job, or a senior citizen maintain her independence.

For more information, call Mid Michigan Waste Authority at (989) 781-9555.


Household special waste events: let us do the heavy lifting!

It is always Mid Michigan Waste Authority’s goal to make our household special waste collection events as safe, easy, and efficient as possible for the residents who take time out of their busy schedules to drop off paint, hazardous materials, or electronics.

On our busiest days, we remove thousands of pounds of problem wastes from hundreds of cars, trucks, and vans, so for safety reasons, participants must remain in their vehicles at all times. We know most people have the best of intentions when they get out to open the hatch or help remove paint cans from the trunk, but it is imperative that only trained staff are outside of vehicles at the collection site.

The crew members unloading vehicles are experienced and well-trained, and you can be fully confident that they will treat your vehicle and its contents with care. Please sit back and enjoy knowing you are being a good environmental steward, while our careful and conscientious team members handle the heavy lifting.

We take our commitment to safety very seriously, and we appreciate your partnership in making our household special waste program as safe and successful as possible.