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New Cart Service

Maple Grove will be switching to the use of carts in 2023.  See our frequently asked questions here for further information on this new service.

Winter Weather Information

Good afternoon!

With snow in the forecast, Mid Michigan Waste Authority would like to take this opportunity to remind our member communities about our policies and protocols related to weather-related service impacts. While many of you will have seen this before, I encourage everyone to take a look for a quick refresh.

While WM (and soon to be Priority Waste)drivers make every effort to collect materials on schedule, they are cautioned against attempting service if driving conditions are hazardous. Safety is always MMWA, WM, and Priority Waste’s shared priority. In preparation for this season’s weather challenges, MMWA would like to again share our Inclement Weather Service Impact Plan.

  • 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 an area is unable to be serviced two weeks in a row, MMWA may work with the affected community to develop an alternate service option, such as a roll-off dumpster being placed at your township hall for resident use. Please contact us if you would like to learn more about this option.
  • MMWA staff work closely with both the WM and Priority Waste teams to get timely information about road conditions. When there is weather that adversely affects service in a community – whether it is a complete cancellation of that day’s service or an area/road that cannot be completed – MMWA communicates these impacts to the affected community’s trustee and alternate via email. While MMWA prefers that the trustee and alternate forward these announcements to pertinent staff, you may provide us with the names/emails of additional personnel who should be added to your weather impact contact list. Even if you have provided this contact information in the past, we need an updated contact list for the 2022 winter season. On snowy and icy days, please keep an eye on your email so you have the latest information about how the weather could be affecting collection in your community.
  • MMWA will keep its Facebook page and website updated with collection service impacts, and this information may be added to MMWA’s outgoing phone greeting. Press releases will be distributed to all daily media outlets in the event of a complete community cancellation. In addition to these longstanding communication platforms, three area television stations – NBC25, WEYI25, and FOX66 – will be including refuse collection cancellations (when services are cancelled for the entire community) in their weather delay/school closing lists. Please encourage your residents to check these stations’ emergency closing lists in the event of inclement weather on their service day. Remember, this information will only be on the school closing list if there is a complete cancellation of service in a community.
  • As a reminder, the media sometimes refers to other communities and counties as being located in “mid-Michigan,” which can cause confusion. This is why it is important to remember that MMWA will always make an announcement when weather conditions impact service. If you do not hear from us and there is no announcement on our Facebook page or website, you and your residents should assume that trash collection will be attempted as scheduled. Please encourage your residents to follow the MMWA Facebook page, because that is the easiest way to get timely service updates.
  • Please note that while MMWA staff are committed to keeping our community partners informed about weather-related collection service issues, we too live in areas that may be impacted by weather conditions or resulting power outages. Please be patient if you cannot reach someone at our office; for best results email MMWA at mmwa@recyclemotion.org and Cc: Syndi at sthayer@recyclemotion.org. We will respond to your questions or concerns as soon as we are able.

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. Please share the attached Winter Weather Tips flyer with your residents via your website, social media accounts, or public area bulletin boards.

Recycling / Trash

Trash and Recycling service is provided WEEKLY and your recycling pick-up day is FRIDAY. Please have your Trash & Recycling out by 7:00 a.m. on your service day.

If a holiday falls on or before your scheduled day, pickup will be one (1) day later than normal. If a holiday falls on a weekend, your scheduled pick up day will NOT change. OBSERVED HOLIDAYS ARE: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Containers should not weigh more than fifty (50) pounds each. Materials that are not at the curb when collection vehicles go by will not be picked up that week.  Residents should leave space between trash, recyclables and yard waste containers so that the collection crews can properly identify and pick up materials easier and faster.  For those with special pick up needs, contact your Township Office.

UNACCEPTABLE MATERIALS: Tires, concrete, fencing, any contractor generated materials, free liquids(paints, pesticides, etc), car parts, appliances containing Freon, fluorescent bulbs (in excess of seven per household), and car batteries.

Recyclable Items

MMWA encourages residents to use a 45-gallon or smaller can for their recyclables, as cans help better contain contents and keep them dry. Any rigid plastic can with handles can be transformed into a recycling container by adding a “Recyclables Only” sticker, available through MMWA or your township office. You may also use an 18-gallon recycling bin. YOU DO NOT NEED TO SORT RECYCLABLE ITEMS!


What items are recyclable?

Acceptable materials include plastic bottles, tubs and containers labeled:


as well as glass, paper, cardboard, and metal. However, no foam products are recyclable, even if you see the #6 resin code on the item. Please consult MMWA’s 1-step recycling guide for our accepted recyclables list.

What items should NOT go in my recycling bin?

MMWA offers a very comprehensive curbside recycling program, but the fact is, there are many items that should not go into your recycling container. We know people are enthusiastic about recycling and want to recycle as much as possible, but it is important to follow the list of accepted materials. If you are unsure about whether an item is accepted, please call MMWA at (989) 781-9555 for clarification instead of being a “wishful recycler.”

Remember, only #1, #2 plastics (and now #4-7) are accepted. If you do not see a number in chasing arrows on your plastic item, it is not recyclable through the curbside program. This is not a complete list of prohibited items, but some of the most common non-recyclables we see in recycling containers include:

  • #3 plastics
  • Batteries
  • Blue, black or frosted glass
  • Candy wrappers
  • Cassette tapes
  • Ceramics
  • Clothing/fabric
  • Construction materials
  • Electronics
  • Foam products (including egg cartons, packing materials and food containers)
  • Hardcover books
  • Laundry soap boxes
  • Light bulbs
  • Mirrors
  • Motor oil or cooking oil bottles
  • Needles/sharps
  • Paper napkins, tissues or paper towel
  • Pet food bags and feed sacks
  • Pizza boxes – greasy (cut off lid & recycle if clean)
  • Plastic/cling wrap
  • Plastic bags
  • Plastic straws and utensils
  • Pots and pans
  • Potato chip and cookie bags
  • Propane and helium tanks
  • VCR and VHS cartridges
  • Waxed paper cups
  • Windows
  • Wood
Refuse / Recycling / Yard Waste Service Issues

If you have a problem with your Refuse/Recycling/Yard Waste Services please fill out the Waste Complaint Log and turn it into the Township office.

How to Handle Asbestos Safely

If you have asbestos and need to know how to remove and properly dispose of it, please visit this site.

Landfill Permits

Maple Grove Township no longer issues landfill permits.  You can call Brent Run Landfill at 810.639.3077 to inquire large load dump requirements.  They are located at:

Landfill Permits

Maple Grove Township no longer issues landfill permits.  You can call Brent Run Landfill at 810.639.3077 to inquire large load dump requirements.  They are located at:

8335 Vienna Road
Montrose, MI  48457

Fun Facts about MMWA

History of MMWA as of 2022