Bangor Township – Bay County, MI

Bangor Township, Established 1859. A Shore Line Community.

Trash, Recycling & Yard Waste

General Information

Pick Up Times

Please have your trash, recycling and yard waste out at the curb no later than 7:00 a.m. on your collection day.

Guidelines & Restrictions

  • Put bagged refuse in green 96-gallon trash carts provided by WM for pick up.
  • In the case of a holiday falling on your normally scheduled pick up day, refuse/compost and recycling (if scheduled) will be picked up a day later.
  • Put grass, leaves and brush in reusable containers clearly marked yard waste only or paper bags for compost collection. Containers must be less than 50 pounds. Plastic bags are not allowed.
  • Separate compost from refuse at the curb and mark reusable compost containers with a “yard waste” designation.
  • Recycling is not mandatory but STRONGLY ENCOURAGED.
  • Recycling must be put in the provided green 96-gallon carts with yellow lids.
  • Put refuse/compost/recycling on curb by 7 a.m. on day of pick-up and no sooner than the night prior to pick-up.
  • Put out compost items weekly starting the third week in April until the second week of December.
  • Separate refuse, compost and recyclable containers at the curb to aid in timely pick-up of materials.
  • Real Christmas trees will be picked up on your normal collection day the last week of December and the first two weeks in January.
  • Remember all recyclable items will be picked up every other week.
  • Compost bags are available at several area retailers.
  • Put branches/brush, no larger than two inches in diameter, into tied bundles no longer than four feet.  The bundle should not weigh more than 50 pounds.

Number 1-7 Plastic Bottles

Plastic narrow-mouth bottles with a 1-7 on the bottom of the bottle.  No trays.  No motor oil or antifreeze containers, even those with a 1 or 2 on the bottom.  Leave labels on.  Place loose items in bin, NOT in bags.  Rinse, discard lids, flatten before recycling. PLEASE NO STYROFOAM.  Meat trays, egg cartons, food containers are NOT acceptable.

Newspaper, Junk Mail, Magazines/Catalogs & Old Corrugated Cardboard

Recycle your magazines, catalogs, cardboard/boxboard and newspaper with the inserts that come with the newspapers also telephone books.  Place loose in bin, tucked to one side or you may place NEWS in a brown paper bag.  No plastic grocery bags please. Bundle magazines/catalogs/cardboard with rubberband or string.  Maximum size of 2′ x 2′ bundles.

Clear & Colored Glass Bottles & Jars

Food and beverage glass containers only.  NO drinking glasses.  No window panes.  No ceramics.  No dishes.  Only food and beverage containers.  Leave labels on.  Place loose in bin, NOT in bags.  Rinse and discard lids.

Tin, Aluminum Cans, Empty Aerosol Cans

Any food or beverage tin, steel or aluminum can is accepted.  NO pie tins.  NO foil.  No scrap metal.  Place loose in bin, not in bags.  Rinse before recycling.


Why don’t we take more at the curb?

There are a couple of reasons why we limit what is taken at the curb. For the most part, what we accept is driven by the recycling market.  Things do change, however, and we are always looking for new items to add to our list of acceptable items. Another reason for our limitations is logistics. For example, cardboard boxes must be cut and bundled so that they fit easily into the trucks. If you were to place a whole refrigerator box at the curb, it will be picked up by the garbage truck. Please help us by following these guidelines. When your recyclables come to the Material Recovery Facility (MRF), they are sorted – some by machines, some by hand. When you do not properly prepare your recyclables, you slow down the process and may contaminate other recyclables.

  • Yard waste is collected every week starting the third week of April through the second week of December.
  • Yard Waste must be placed in containers marked “Yard Waste” or in paper bags, with containers or bags weighing less than 50 pounds each.
  • All trees, wood, lumber, hedge and tree trimmings or other items must be bundled in lengths not exceeding 48″, individual pieces not exceeding 2″ in diameter, bundles not exceeding 24″ in diameter and not weighing more than 50 pounds per bundle.
  • Yard waste means compostable, organic material consisting of grass clippings, hedge and tree pruning, weeds, brush, leaves and other yard wastes excluding trees.

For concerns related to trash, recycling, and yard waste pickup, call Waste Management at 866-797-9018.

Bay County Recycling