Yard waste season starts April 1
The first week of April marks the start of Mid Michigan Waste Authority’s seasonal curbside yard waste collection for 2019. Fourteen of MMWA’s 34 municipal members offer residential yard waste services.
Residents in the Village of Birch Run, Bridgeport Twp, Buena Vista Twp, Carrollton Twp, City of Frankenmuth, James Twp, Kochville Twp, City of Saginaw, Saginaw Twp, Spaulding Twp, Village of St Charles, Thomas Twp, Tittabawassee Twp and the City of Zilwaukee receive weekly yard waste service and may begin setting out yard waste cans and bags on their first regular collection day in April.
All yard waste materials must be placed in paper yard waste bags or in 35 gallon or smaller garbage cans 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.
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.
Some MMWA member communities offer limited-time brush drop-off sites or curbside collection. Residents should contact their community’s municipal office directly to find out if this service is available.
Yard waste stickers are available at municipal offices in participating communities or free through MMWA. To order yard waste stickers or for more information on yard waste guidelines, contact MMWA (989-781-9555).