Flooded roads update for Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Numerous roads across Mid-Michigan are closed today – Wednesday, February 21 – due to water over the roadway. If your trash or recycling driver cannot access your road due to flooding, please pull your materials in and place them back out on your next regular collection day. Saginaw County Emergency Management cautions drivers not go around road closed barricades. The Saginaw County Road Commission notes that there may be roads that do not have “road closed” signs that are not safe to travel. Stay safe!

MMWA 2018 Household Special Waste Season kicks off May 1

Last year, area residents helped keep more than 110 tons of problem wastes out of the landfill, thanks to Mid Michigan Waste Authority’s free household special waste program. This year, MMWA will offer 18 drop-off days between May and September, with opportunities to safely dispose of electronics, paint, hazardous waste, prescription and over-the-counter medications, and foam products.

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.

This year, MMWA is pleased to announce that polystyrene foam recycling will be an added feature of the program’s two document shredding events. On Thursday, May 17 and Thursday, September 20 from 3 pm to 7 pm, residents may bring their confidential documents for secure on-site shredding – each person may bring the equivalent of two banker’s boxes. 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 and food-soiled foam products cannot be accepted.

“We are very excited to launch this foam recycling pilot,” said Katharine Tessin, MMWA Administrative Director, “Foam is not an accepted recyclable in the MMWA curbside recycling program, so this gives us the opportunity to help divert yet another material from the landfill.”

MMWA is offering waste-specific drop-off events for electronics, paint, and household hazardous waste, plus an increased number of “All in One” days, allowing residents to dispose of all problem wastes at one event. The 2018 schedule also offers more evening and weekend drop-off opportunities for residents who are not able to attend weekday daytime events.

Electronics will be collected from 9 am to 1 pm on the first Tuesday of each month May through September. Accepted electronics include all types of televisions, computers, printers, monitors, laptops, keyboards, phones, scanners, cables and cords, hard drives, mice, tablets, fax machines, printers and miscellaneous computer parts. Only televisions and computer-related electronics are accepted. The program cannot accept microwaves, vacuum cleaners, radios, toasters, CD players, satellite dishes, and other household electronics and appliances. These items may be disposed of as trash in the MMWA residential curbside collection program.

Paint will be collected from 9 am to 1 pm on the second Wednesday of each month May through September. On Paint Wednesdays, residents may bring paint products, including latex, acrylic and oil-based paint, spray paint, stain, varnish and caulk. Only these items will be accepted on Paint Wednesdays.

A household hazardous waste day will be held from 9 am to 1 pm on Thursday, August 16. On this day, toxics like motor oil, gasoline, antifreeze, mercury, wiper fluid, kerosene, acids, aerosols, fluorescent bulbs, lawn and garden chemicals, glues and adhesive, pool chemicals, hobby chemicals, lead acid batteries, miscellaneous cleaners, degreasers, metal cleaners, and smoke detectors will be collected, as well as over-the-counter and prescription medication.

The “all in one” combo days for electronics, paint, and hazardous waste, will be held on Tuesday, May 22 from 3 pm to 7 pm, Saturday, June 23 from 9 am to 1 pm, Wednesday, July 25 from 3 pm to 7 pm, Saturday, August 25 from 9 am to 1 pm, and Thursday, September 27 from 3 pm to 7 pm. At these events, residents may bring all items on the accepted materials lists for the electronics, paint and hazardous waste drop-off days.

At all 18 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.

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.

On hazardous waste days and all-in-one days, residents can also drop off unused, unwanted, or expired medications for proper disposal. Only prescription and over-the-counter medications are accepted: no needles or sharps.

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 call 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.

If residents encounter a long line, they should come back later during the event or return on another scheduled drop-off day. Safety is a priority at these events, so cars should not wait at the side of the road. All events will close promptly at their advertised end time.

Residents should bring only accepted materials on the appropriate day. For example, paint and household chemicals cannot be accepted on an electronics collection day. Residents who have problem wastes from more than one category should bring them to the “All in One” drop-off days.

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

Curbside Christmas tree disposal runs through January; MMWA holiday light recycling drive wraps up January 15

Now that the excitement of the holiday season is over, area residents are facing the chore of putting away their decorations and disposing of their fresh cut Christmas trees.

Residents in all 34 communities served by the Mid Michigan Waste Authority can put their fresh Christmas trees to the curb by 7 am on their regular trash day throughout the month of January.

Residents do not need to remove ornaments, tinsel, garland or other decorative items, and trees can be put to the curb with or without a tree bag.

Trees that are frozen to the ground or covered with snow will not be collected until they can be safely accessed by the driver. Large or heavy trees may have to be picked up by the bulk truck, and in those cases, trees will be collected within two days of the resident’s regular service day.

The service applies only to Christmas trees that have been used as indoor holiday décor. State law prohibits yard waste and vegetation from being disposed of in the landfill; however, the ban does not apply to Christmas trees. Artificial trees may be placed to the curb as a bulky item at any time of year.

Residents who would like to dispose of unwanted Christmas tree lights can take part in the MMWA Holiday Light Recycling Drive, which runs through Jan. 15, 2018. Lights may be dropped off at several locations throughout mid-Michigan:

  • Bridgeport Twp Governmental Center
    6206 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 District Library
    104 W Spruce St, St. Charles
  • Thomas Twp Public Safety Building
    8215 Shields Dr, Saginaw
  • Wheeler Twp Hall
    8510 E Monroe Rd, Wheeler
  • Zilwaukee City Administration Building
    319 Tittabawassee Rd, Saginaw

The lights will be recycled by Rifkin Scrap Iron and Metal Co., which is paying a small amount per pound. Proceeds will be benefit the CAN (Child Abuse and Neglect) Council of the Great Lakes Bay Region.

For more information about Christmas tree collection or the holiday light drive, please call (989) 781-9555.

Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays mean trash delay

The upcoming Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays do impact solid waste collection services provided to all 34 Mid Michigan Waste Authority (MMWA) member communities. There will be no trash, recycling, or yard waste collection provided on Monday, December 25 or Monday, January 1.

With the holidays falling on a Monday, collection services will be delayed one day for every community during both holiday weeks. Residents should prepare and set out materials one day later than they normally do during the holiday weeks. For example, if your normal collection day is Monday, you should put your materials to the curb on Tuesday.

MMWA communities should set their materials out on the following days during the Christmas and New Year’s Day holiday weeks:

Mon, Dec 25 & Jan 1 Tues, Dec 26 &

Jan 2

Wed, Dec 27 &
Jan 3
Thurs, Dec 28 &

Jan 4

Fri, Dec 29 &

Jan 5

Sat, Dec 30 &
Jan 6

No services provided and Mid Michigan Waste Authority office will be closed in observance of the holiday.

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

 

MMWA yard waste season ends Nov 30 for most communities

Three municipalities extending their 2017 yard waste season

November 30 marks the end of Mid Michigan Waste Authority’s seasonal curbside yard waste collection for most MMWA member communities.  However, three municipalities – Saginaw Township, the City of Saginaw, and Thomas Township – have opted to extend their yard waste seasons.

Yard waste services are offered by 13 of Mid Michigan Waste Authority’s 34 municipal members: Village of Birch Run, Bridgeport Township, Buena Vista Township, Carrollton Township, James Township, Kochville Township, City of Saginaw, Saginaw Township, Village of St. Charles, Spaulding Township, Thomas Township, Tittabawassee Township and City of Zilwaukee. The last YW collection days for those communities are noted below:

Municipality Last Service Day Municipality Last Service Day
City of Saginaw Ends the week of 12/4
Last YW day is resident’s regular service day that week
(extended season)
Thomas Twp Fri, 12/8
(extended season)
Village of Birch Run Thurs, 11/30 Kochville Twp Mon 11/27
Buena Vista Twp Thurs, 11/30 Saginaw Twp Mon 12/4 – S of Weiss
Tue 12/5 – N of Weiss
(extended season)
Carrollton Twp Thurs, 11/30 City of Zilwaukee Tue 11/28
James Twp Sat 11/25
(due to Thanksgiving delay)
Bridgeport Twp Wed 11/29
Village of St. Charles Sat 11/25
(due to Thanksgiving delay)
Spaulding Twp Wed 11/29
  Tittabawassee Twp Wed 11/29

Extending yard waste season is an individual municipality decision that must be made before the end of November. Residents should watch the MMWA website and Facebook page for the latest information about curbside collection services, including yard waste.

A number of MMWA member communities offer limited-time brush drop-off sites or collection. Residents should contact their community’s municipal office directly to find out if this service is available.

Yard waste stickers are available at municipal offices in participating communities or free through MMWA. To order yard waste stickers or for more information on yard waste guidelines, contact MMWA at (989) 781-9555.

 

MMWA Holiday Light Recycling Drive returns Nov 15 – Jan 15

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

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, 2018.

In the first two years of the popular project, nearly three 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.

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

  • Bridgeport Twp Governmental Center
    6206 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
  • Charles Public Library
    104 W Spruce St, St. Charles
  • Thomas Twp Public Safety Building
    8215 Shields Dr, Saginaw
  • Tittabawassee Twp Park
    (during Freeland Light Show starting 11/24)
    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 24 through January 1 at Tittabawassee Twp Park, with shows from 5:30 pm to 10:20 pm daily.  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.

 

Labor Day means one day trash delay

SAGINAW, MI —- 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 4.

With the holiday falling on a weekday, collection services will be delayed one day for every community the week of Labor Day, September 4. 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 5 Wed, Sept 6 Thurs, Sept 7 Fri, Sept 8 Sat, Sept 9
Saginaw – City Saginaw – City Saginaw – City Saginaw – City Saginaw – City
Brant Twp Fremont Twp Bridgeport Twp Birch Run Twp Albee Twp
Jonesfield Twp Saginaw Twp  N of Weiss Chapin Twp Birch Run Village Bethany Twp
Kochville Twp Zilwaukee – City Frankenmuth – City Buena Vista Twp Blumfield Twp
Lakefield Twp   Frankenmuth Twp Carrollton Twp Brady Twp
Marion Twp   Spaulding Twp Richland Twp Breckenridge – Village
Merrill – Village   Tittabawassee Twp Chesaning Twp James Twp
Saginaw Twp  S of Weiss St Charles Twp Maple Grove Twp
Swan Creek Twp   St Charles – Village
      Thomas Twp
      Wheeler Twp

 

 

A few flooded roadways remain: may impact service on Tues, June 27

For Tuesday, June 27: Road conditions are improving after this weekend’s flooding, but there may be some streets/areas that are still not accessible by collection trucks. Waste Management trucks will be attempting collection in all areas on Tuesday, but roads found to be impassable when the truck goes by will not have collection service reattempts until the regular collection day next week. Residents who set out materials that are not picked up are asked to remove materials from the curb until their service day next week. Stay safe!

Flooded roads may impact service on Monday, June 26

For Monday, June 26: A flood warning that began Friday continued through the weekend for the Tittabawassee River and Saginaw River, and many roads throughout the county are water-covered and washed out this morning. Waste Management trucks will be attempting collection on Monday, but some roads and areas may not be serviceable due to water over the roadways. Roads/areas found to be impassable when the truck goes by will not have collection service reattempts until the regular collection day next week. Residents who set out materials that are not picked up are asked to remove materials from the curb until their service day next week. Stay safe!

MMWA sets document shredding days

Mid Michigan Waste Authority is pleased to announce the addition of two document shredding events to its 2017 household special waste programming season. The shredding days will be held at MMWA’s Community Resource Recovery Center, 2063 S Miller Rd, Saginaw, on Friday, July 28 from 9 am to noon and Thursday, Sept 14 from 3 pm to 7 pm.

Documents will be shredded safely, privately, and properly on site by a trained, licensed, and bonded document destruction specialist.

The free service is open to residents of Saginaw County, Bethany Twp, Village of Breckenridge, and Wheeler Twp who have sensitive documents to destroy, such as medical records, tax forms, bank statements, and other paperwork that contains private information. The event is open to residents only; materials from businesses will not be accepted.

“We are very excited about being able to offer this valuable service to our member communities because we know it can be a challenge to safely dispose of private documents,” said Katharine Tessin, MMWA Administrative Director. “The event also has a positive environmental impact because once shredded, all paper will be safely and securely recycled.”

The equivalent of one standard banker’s box of documents is allowed per household, and the limit will be strictly enforced so the event can serve as many residents as possible. There is no on-site disposal option for boxes or bags, so residents must take their containers home with them. Residents may choose to watch as their documents are shredded by the mobile truck.

All types and colors of paper, file folders, and envelopes will be accepted. Staples and paper clips do not need to be removed. Only paper items may be shredded; no plastic or metal materials, credit cards, floppy discs, CDs, binder clips, or photographs.

Residents should refrain from bringing materials that are not confidential in nature, such as newspapers and junk mail, as they will cause the truck to fill up more quickly. The event may need to close early if the shred truck reaches capacity.

For more information about the document shredding events, contact MMWA at (989) 781-9555 or visit www.recyclemotion.org.