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.

How to safely dispose of fireworks

Tis the season for fireworks, smoke bombs, and sparklers! While it is critical to take safety precautions during your Fourth of July festivities, it is important to remember that fireworks safety does not stop there. Fireworks contain dangerous chemicals that can be a potential source of fire, and improper disposal can put waste collection workers at risk.

Please follow these tips for safe fireworks disposal:

  • Whether they are used or unused, do not place any fireworks or any part of fireworks in your recycling container. All fireworks should be treated as trash.
  • Put used fireworks in a bucket of water overnight. Remember that fireworks can still be burning on the inside long after the sparks have stopped. Remove them from the water and put them in a garbage bag and into your garbage can.
  • Completely submerge unused fireworks in a large bucket of water and soak until thoroughly saturated. This may take 15 minutes for small fireworks or as long as overnight for larger ones. Double wrap the completely soaked fireworks in plastic wrap or two plastic bags so they do not dry out. Place the double-bagged fireworks in a larger trash bag and put them out with your household trash.

Thank you for continuing your fireworks safety at the curb!

Fourth of July Holiday Trash Service Delays Announced

The upcoming Fourth of July holiday does impact curbside solid waste collection services provided to some of the 34 Mid Michigan Waste Authority (MMWA) member communities.  With the holiday falling on a Wednesday, collection services will be delayed by one day in some communities.

During the holiday week, collection services will be delayed one day for communities with regular pick-up days of Wednesday through Friday. These residents should prepare and set out materials one day later than they normally do during the holiday week. Residents in communities with Monday and Tuesday service will not be impacted by the holiday.

MMWA communities should set their materials out on the following days during the Fourth of July holiday week:

Mon, July 2 Tues, July 3 Thurs, July 5 Fri, July 6 Sat, July 7
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

 

Reminder: our events are held rain or shine (but we prefer shine)

While it looks like the rain originally forecasted for Saturday, June 23 will not be making an appearance, Mid Michigan Waste Authority is reminding residents that all of our household special waste events are held rain or shine, except in the case of extreme weather.

When it does rain, we hope a little precipitation doesn’t keep the public from taking part. Residents remain in their vehicles during the drop-off process, so they do not even need to bring an umbrella! They will stay dry and comfortable while our crews handle the unloading.

In the rare event that storms do force us to close, an announcement will be made on our Facebook page and website.

Visit our Events page for more details about MMWA’s 2018 Household Special Waste program, which runs from May to September.

 

MMWA Reminds Residents of Proper U.S. Flag Disposal

SAGINAW, MI —– As Americans prepare to observe the Flag Day holiday on June 14, Mid Michigan Waste Authority is reminding area residents to properly dispose of their old, unserviceable United States flags.

MMWA, which provides residential curbside waste collection services to 34 communities in the Saginaw Valley, encourages flag owners to follow the United States Flag Code, which outlines how to respectfully retire an unserviceable American flag.

When an American flag becomes soiled, faded and tattered, it should be destroyed, preferably by burning, according to the code. Flags should not be disposed of in curbside trash or recycling containers.

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) directions for proper flag disposal include folding the flag in its customary manner, then placing it in a fire large enough to ensure complete burning of the flag. Individuals should come to attention, salute the flag, recite the Pledge of Allegiance, and have a brief period of silent reflection. After the fire is completely consumed, the fire should be safely extinguished and the ashes buried.

Nylon flags should not be burned, as they will produce toxic gases, and people should be sure to follow local fire codes and ordinances.

Most veterans’ organizations will accept old flags for retirement, and some have public drop-off boxes to make proper disposal even easier. Contact a local chapter for more information.

For additional flag disposal instructions and options, visit www.recyclemotion.org/other.

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, visit www.recyclemotion.org.

 

 

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Thank you!

Carol

 

Reminders for MMWA All-in-One drop-off days

We always get a great turnout for our All-in-One drop-off days for hazardous waste, paint, and electronics, so if you are attending one of these events, please keep these tips in mind so we can keep the experience as safe and efficient as possible. For the 2018 schedule and more program details visit our Events page.

Memorial Day Holiday – Trash Service Delayed One Day

The upcoming Memorial 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, May 28.

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

Tues, May 29 Wed, May 30 Thurs, May 31 Fri, June 1 Sat, June 2
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

 

Inclement weather update for Monday, April 16

Waste Management trucks will attempt collection in all communities today, but due to icy roads, some areas may not be safe for trash, recycling, and yard waste drivers to access.

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.

For more information, call the MMWA office at (989) 781-9555