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Refuse and Recycling

Tips & Reminders
  • Trash containers must be 34 gallons or less in size.
  • The City will not pick up refuse unless City bags are used or City tags are attached to each generic bag or to the handle of each trash container.
  • Place recyclable materials in your city blue recycle bin for collection in the specified collection area. If you have more recyclable items than what will fit in the bin, you may place them in a separate container, such as another recycle bin, laundry basket, Rubbermaid container (no lid), etc. We do not recommend using a cardboard box, as boxes are not weatherproof and could be mistaken for trash. The City will not collect recyclables unless the designated city bin is placed in the specified collection area.
  • You are responsible for refuse scattered prior to collection.
  • Wrap broken glass in newspaper to help prevent injuries.
  • Hazardous materials such as oil, gas, paint, hot ashes or acid will not be collected with your refuse.
  • A tablespoon of ammonia in each bag will help keep animals away.
  • For your convenience, please be sure your refuse/recycling meet these regulations or it will not be collected.
Useful resources
Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Please contact the Isabella Conservation District at (989) 772-5927, ext. 3 for information regarding household hazardous waste and electronic waste collection services.

Large Item Pickup Program

With the purchase of a sticker issued by the City, residents can place large items at their city trash collection site or curbside for disposal. Please see the Large Item Pickup Program Instruction Guide for more information. Large item stickers are available for $15 each at the Treasurer’s Office, City Hall, second floor.

Additional Options for Household Bulk Items

You may wish to haul bulk items to the Northern Oaks Landfill in Harrison. Call (989) 539-6111 for gate fees and hours.

For large clean-outs and remodeling projects, you may contract with a licensed waste hauler for a dumpster.

If you have a question regarding disposal of items containing Freon (air conditioners, freezers, refrigerators, dehumidifiers, etc.), please contact Public Works at (989) 779-5401.

Prescription Drug Drop Off Program

The Mt. Pleasant Department of Public Safety offers a Prescription Drug Drop Box for the City of Mt. Pleasant and surrounding area. A secure mail slot is located in the Mt. Pleasant Department of Public Safety lobby located at 804 E. High St. Individuals can walk in and anonymously deposit unused or expired prescription medications twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. The program allows the community to properly dispose of prescription drugs in a safe and environmentally friendly way.

The best way to protect humans and pets from accidental poisoning from unwanted or expired medications is to dispose of them through a take-back program, and not in the trash or by flushing them down the toilet. Medicines that are flushed or poured down the drain can pollute the environment and contaminate our water and food supplies.


Additional questions?

Material Recovery Facility
(Recycling Center)

Address: 4208 E. River Road
Hotline: 989.773.9631


Monday through Friday - 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday - 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Other materials collected at the Recycling Center include yard waste ($1/bag) and used motor oil ($0.25/gallon).