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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 Pick Up

This program is available for residents who live within the City limits proper. It is recommended you purchase your large item sticker in advance of your trash collection day. If you purchase stickers online, please call the Treasurer’s Office at (989) 779-5387 and let them know how many stickers you purchased. Stickers may then be picked up at City Hall, 320  W. Broadway.

Place the sticker on your large item and set out at your designated collection point (alley or curbside) by 7:30 a.m. on your City trash collection day. Items containing Freon are not eligible. The guidelines of the large item sticker program are available for review here.


  • The City has partnered with a credit card processing agency to provide you the option to pay for large item stickers via credit or debit card. There is a $2.00 “convenience fee” applied to your credit card for this service.
  • Payments with checking or savings accounts are not charged the $2.00 convenience fee.
  • To pay online click the “Pay Now” button located at the bottom of this form. Under “Building Permit Number” enter the address where the large items will be located.
  • The address on the credit/debit card must match the billing address for that card.

If you have any questions, please contact the Public Works office at (989) 779-5401.

Pay for your large item sticker now.

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).