Monthly Recycling Collection
PLEASE NOTE: Under current executive orders issued by Governor Gretchen Whitmer, all City buildings and non-essential services are closed through Friday, June 12.
Refuse, recycling, and yard waste collection in the City continue as scheduled. Heavy item collection has also been suspended citywide at this time due to flood debris collection following the May 2020 flooding event. Some Friday refuse collection customers may also see a temporary disruption in service while flood debris collection occurs in their area. Click here to learn more.
For a full list of service changes and updates, please click here.
View the collection schedule and then place recycling at the curb by 7:30 a.m. on your collection day and no sooner than 6 p.m. on the day before collection. Recycling is collected once a month on the same day as your refuse collection. Recycling carts should be placed with the handle facing your home. Allow at least a four foot space around your cart for the automated arm of the truck to access your cart.
Changes to the Curbside Recycling Program
In 2010, the City of Midland began a fully automated, single stream recycling program for residents. This program allows for a wider variety of recyclables that can be collected at the curb. See below for an expanded list of acceptable collectibles. Simply place your recyclables in the cart. No need to bag or sort. Remember to rinse out all food residues from containers.
Republic Waste Services, the City’s contracted service provider for recycling collection, has provided each resident with a brown, 95-gallon cart. These carts are owned by Republic. Please note that the brown 95-gallon carts may only be used for curbside recycling.
If a resident moves from their current address, the cart should remain at the initial delivery location. If you would like additional brown carts (3 carts maximum per address), they are available for lease through Republic Waste Services at a cost of $36 per year per cart. For more information on leasing additional brown carts, contact the Department of Public Services at 989-837-6900.
Items to be Collected
Please review Republic Services’ guidelines (PDF) for a list of recyclable items. Do not bag or sort your recycling. Do not bag or tie newspaper. Simply place your recyclables loose in the cart. Rinse out all food residue from containers.
All boxboard and cardboard must fit loosely inside the cart. Cardboard and boxes placed outside the cart cannot be collected unless they fit loosely inside the cart as the driver has no way to collect these items using the automated arm of the truck. Place oversized cardboard out for the monthly Heavy Item Collection.
Proper Use of Your New Cart
Please review the Proper Use of New Carts Guide (PDF) for instruction on how to properly maneuver your brown recycle cart.
Alternate Recycling Resources
Midland Recyclers - 4305 E. Ashman St. (at the entrance to the Midland Sanitary Landfill), 989-631-1668. Midland Recyclers accepts plastic bags, shredded paper, vinyl siding, polystyrene foam, batteries, and electronics. Check out the full list at www.midlandrecyclers.org
Arnold Center - 400 Wexford Avenue, 989-631-9570.
The Arnold Center accepts office paper and shredding, computers, and electronics, as well as hard drive destruction and corrugated cardboard.