As we face the most significant snowfall of the season, Mid Michigan Waste Authority would like to take this opportunity to remind our residents about our policies and protocols related to weather-related service impacts.

While collection workers make every effort to collect materials on schedule, they are cautioned against attempting service if driving conditions are hazardous. Safety is always MMWA and Waste Management’s shared priority.

Roads that are found to be impassable when a truck goes by will not have collection service reattempts until the community’s regular service day the following week. If trash or recycling is not collected by 6 pm, residents should pull their materials back from the road and put them out on their next trash day.

MMWA staff work closely with the Waste Management team throughout the day to get timely information about road conditions, and will keep its Facebook page and website updated with collection service impacts.

While we can’t control the weather and its impact on curbside collection services, there are some things residents can do to make sure their trash is picked up and drivers stay safe.

  • Consider holding your trash and recycling until the following week if the weather is bad, especially when snow plows are running. Passing plows may cover your materials with snow or push them away from the curb. Drivers cannot collect materials that have been covered with snow or knocked over by plows.
  • Do not use white trash bags if there is snow on the ground, as the driver may not see them.
  • Do not place garbage cans on top of snow piles or icy patches.
  • Retrieve your cans and bins as soon as possible after collection.
  • Please have patience. Our aim is to collect your trash and recycling in a timely manner but unfortunately some days we cannot do that if we want to keep our drivers and our communities safe.

If you have any questions about trash collection during inclement weather, please contact MMWA at (989) 781-9555.