Curbside yard waste collection for 14 MMWA member communities will begin on April 1, 2022.

The program accepts grass clippings, sod without dirt, twigs (less than two inches in diameter), leaves, and other yard vegetation.

Things you should avoid are root balls, soil, stumps, tree trunks, large shrubs, rocks, or bushes.

Use between a 20-35 gallon can with handles, weighing no more than 50 pounds, labeled with a yard waste sticker OR a paper lawn and leaf bag.

**Note the first yard waste pick up dates for 2022:

  • Friday, April 1, 2022 (Friday routes)
  • Monday, April 4, 2022 (Monday routes)
  • Tuesday, April 5, 2022 (Tuesday routes)
  • Wednesday, April 6, 2022 (Wednesday routes)
  • Thursday, April 7, 2022 (Thursday routes)

Visit, https://www.recyclemotion.org/yardwaste/ for more resources.

Inclement Weather Update for Thursday, February 3, 2022

Waste Management trucks will attempt collection in all communities today, but due to icy roads, some areas may not be safe for trash and recycling 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.
If you have questions call MMWA at (989) 781-9555.

Inclement Weather Update for Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Snow continues to accumulate this morning, which means worsening road conditions in our communities, particularly in the rural areas.
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. Call us at (989) 781-9555 if you have questions.
2022 Special Waste Drop Off Season

2022 Special Waste Drop Off Season

Beginning in May, Mid Michigan Waste Authority plans to offer five all in one drop off days for household problem wastes, including paint, electronics, and hazardous waste, as well as two document shredding events. The program will run from May through September and is free to residents of Saginaw County, Bethany Township, Village of Breckenridge, and Wheeler Township. The events cannot accept waste from businesses, farms, schools, or non-profit organizations.

Appointments are required.

**New in 2022 you can schedule your appointment online by clicking on one of the links below.

Special Waste Drop Off Wednesday, May 4th

Special Waste Drop Off Saturday Events

Document Shredding Events

Yard Waste Extensions

The City of Saginaw’s yard waste collection service has been extended through Friday, December 3, 2021. The City of Frankenmuth’s yard waste collection service has been extended to both Wednesday, December 1st and Wednesday, December 8th.

For MMWA’s other member communities with seasonal yard waste collection service, yard waste collection ended on that community’s last regular pick up day in November.

One Day Delay Due to the Thanksgiving Day Holiday

A friendly reminder to our MMWA member community residents. Due to the upcoming Thanksgiving Day holiday on Thursday, November 25th, if your trash is normally collected on Thursday, you should have your properly prepared materials at the curb no later than 7 a.m. on Friday. If your trash is normally collected on Friday, have your properly prepared materials at the curb no later than 7 a.m. on Saturday.

MMWA Holiday Light Recycling Drive Returns

MMWA Holiday Light Recycling Drive Returns

The Mid Michigan Waste Authority will kick off their 7th annual Holiday Light Recycling Drive on America Recycles Day, November 15, 2021, and run through January 15, 2022. Recycle your broken, old, or out of style holiday string lights this season and put some sparkle back into your holiday!

Residents can drop off their lights throughout Saginaw County at the following locations: Bridgeport Twp Govt Center, The CAN Council office in the City of Saginaw, Carrollton Township DPW, Frankenmuth City Hall, James Township Hall, Kochville Township Office, Mid Michigan Waste Authority Office, Richland Township Office, Saginaw City Public Works, Saginaw Township DPS Bldg., Spaulding Township Office, St. Charles District Library, Thomas Township Public Safety Bldg., Zilwaukee City Office plus one location in Gratiot County located at the Wheeler Township Office. A collection bin will be located at Hayes Park during the Freeland Light Show from December 1 to January 1.

Over the six years of the popular project, nearly six 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.

MMWA again has joined forces with Gary Shepard, organizer of the beloved Freeland Light Show, which runs through January 1 at Hayes Park.  Visitors to the show may drop off lights at the collection bin located in the park.

GM Saginaw Metal Casting Operations has teamed up with MMWA this year and will serve as a host drop off site for their employees.

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.

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.