Starting April 4, City of Frankenmuth residents will begin receiving weekly yard waste services as part of their curbside solid waste collection program provided through Mid Michigan Waste Authority.

Residents will no longer need to purchase special tags for their yard waste containers through the City or local hardware stores.

City Manager Bridget Smith said the new weekly curbside collection program will make it easier for residents to dispose of their yard waste materials.

“We know people are busy and cannot always plan in advance for yard cleanup projects, so now they will be able to put out their yard waste cans or bags out on their regular Wednesday collection day without the extra step of buying stickers,” she said.

All yard waste materials must be placed in paper yard waste bags or in 20 gallon or smaller garbage cans with handles that have a “Yard Waste” sticker affixed to the front of the can.  Twigs must not protrude more than 12“ above the container.  Individual cans and bags cannot weigh more than 50 pounds each. Cans can be purchased locally. Yard waste stickers are available at City Hall or by contacting MMWA.

Brush, which includes branches greater than 2” in diameter but less than 6”, is managed separately from yard waste. State law allows brush in the landfill, so it is treated as trash under the MMWA program.  One 3’ x 4’ bundle of brush secured with twine may be set out next to regular trash at any time of year.

The City will continue to pick up large amounts of brush the first of each month from April through November. Leaf pick up will continue in the fall. For more information, contact the Frankenmuth City office at (989) 652-9901.

Yard waste stickers are available at the Frankenmuth City office, 240 W Genesee St., or free through MMWA.  To order yard waste stickers or for more information on yard waste guidelines, contact MMWA at (989) 781-9555.