A trash collection worker in your community can service up to 1,000 homes per day, and lift more than 20 tons of trash throughout the course of his shift!

Each day your trash collector handles hazardous materials, operates heavy machinery, navigates challenging traffic conditions, and works outside in extreme weather. In fact, according to the US Department of Labor, trash drivers are consistently among the top ten most dangerous jobs in the country. By following these guidelines, you will help ensure safe and efficient collection of your household trash.

To ensure collection, your trash can must be 35-gallons or smaller. When purchasing a new can, please double check the can size so you do not accidentally purchase a can that exceeds 35 gallons.

1. When is trash collected?

Trash is collected once a week on your scheduled service day. If you don’t know your service day, call MMWA at (989) 781-9555 or check our website.

Community Schedule

2. What should I do if I think my pickup was missed?

Trash must be placed at the curb by 7 am on your collection day.

You may notice that your materials are picked up around the same time each day, but collection routes can change for many reasons, so be sure to have everything to the curb by 7 a.m. If you put your trash out after the truck goes by, there will be no return for service until your next service day. If you had your trash out on time and think you were missed, call MMWA at (989) 781-9555 on or within one business day of your service day to report the issue.

3. Will my trash pick-up be delayed due to a holiday?

Holidays that fall on weekdays cause service to be delayed one day for that day and any other service days for the rest of the week. For example, if a holiday falls on a Wednesday, there will be a one-day delay for people who live in communities that are serviced on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. There is no service delay for holidays falling on a weekend. MMWA observes the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. Even if your bank or post office is closed on other holidays, these are the only holidays that impact solid waste collection.

4. How may trash cans or bags can I put out each week?

Residents may set out an unlimited number of bags or cans of household generated trash each week, with the exception of the City of Saginaw, where residents have a 20-bag or can limit. In the City of Frankenmuth, residents must use trash bags only, no cans. You may also put out up to two bulky items per week. Please see our bulky guidelines below.

5. What size can should I use?

Size matters! Trash must be in cans no larger than 35 gallons or smaller than 20 gallons, or bags no larger than 55 gallons. Each container cannot weigh more than 50 pounds. If you think your trash bag or can might be overweight, it probably is, and you should move some of the contents to another bag or can. All trash must be securely contained in bags or trash cans. Your trash container should be made of rigid plastic, with handles.

Did you find an orange sticker on your trash or bulk item? Please read the tag to determine why your materials have been stickered. If the reason is not clear or you have questions, please call MMWA at (989) 781-9555. 

6. What does this orange sticker mean?

Improperly prepared set-outs will not be collected. If your materials were not picked up, you should see an orange sticker that explains why they were not collected. If you do not see an orange sticker or you do not understand the reason listed, call MMWA at (989) 781-9555.

7. Can I put out construction materials or car parts?

The MMWA curbside program is intended to collect household trash. We understand that sometimes you may have more trash than usual, or you may need to dispose of larger items. However, we do not collect things like vehicle parts, construction materials, equipment with a gas tank or engine, and other non-standard trash items. Those items should be taken to the landfill. See below for landfill information.

8. How do I dispose of non-household trash?

If you are moving or working on a home renovation project, you should take your materials to a landfill or contact a commercial waste hauler about renting a dumpster.

There is one landfill in Saginaw County:
People’s Landfill
4143 E. Rathbun Rd
Birch Run (Taymouth Township).

Call (989) 777-1145 for verification of materials accepted, hours of operation, and disposal fees.

9. What about trash carts and wagons?

Do not put your trash to the curb in carts, wagons, cages, trailers, or other non-standard receptacles. This is a safety and liability issue.

10. How do I keep animals from getting into my trash?

Do not use bleach, ammonia, cayenne pepper, or other substances on your trash to keep animals away. This creates a safety hazard for the driver, and your materials will not be collected. The best way to deter animals is to put your trash out in a can as close to 7 am as possible. You can also spray a citrus juice mixture (lemon/lime/grapefruit/orange) on the inside of the bag, as most animals do not like the taste or smell of citrus fruits. Make sure the bag is tied shut.

Do not put ammonia, bleach, cayenne pepper or other substances on your trash bags to keep animals away. Try spraying a citrus juice mixture on the inside of the bag and on the ground around your bags, as most animals do not like the taste or smell of citrus fruits. 

And Five Reminders About Bulky Items

1. Remember that anything that is not in a can or a bag – whether it is a clock radio or a refrigerator – is considered a bulky item.

Each household is allowed up to two per week. If they are too big or bulky for the driver to collect with your trash, he will schedule it for pick-up by the bulk truck within two business days of your service day.

2. Do not call MMWA to schedule a special bulky pick-up or to alert us that you will be putting out bulky items on your trash day.

We do not schedule bulky pick-ups in advance. The only time you should call ahead about a bulky item is if you are unsure how to prepare it for collection.

3. Proper preparation is key.

For many bulky items, we ask that you leave them in one piece so they can be safely collected by the bulk truck. If you have to break the item down into small pieces, you must bundle the pieces with tape or twine. In that case, the driver would pick up two bundles per week. Do not place trash on top of your bulky item. Make sure there are no nails, broken glass or jagged pieces of wood that could injure the driver. Do not place your larger bulky items under a tree or power line because the bulk truck uses a crane to pick up heavy items.

4. After your trash has been collected, look for an orange sticker on your bulky item.

The sticker will either note that the item has been scheduled for pick-up by the bulk truck or it will let you know that you put too many bulky items to the curb. Do not remove bulky items from the curb unless they have been tagged for being over the allowed limit. If you put out a bulky item and do not see an orange sticker on it, call MMWA to make sure it is on the bulk pick-up schedule.

5. Some bulky items require special preparation so they can be safely and efficiently collected by drivers.

For example, carpet should be cut into 4-foot rolls and secured with tape or twine. Doors should be removed from refrigerators or freezers. You can find preparation instructions for most items by using MMWA’s “What Do I Do With it?” search engine on our homepage. If you are still unsure, call MMWA at (989) 781-9555 before you put your bulky item to the curb.