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I'm new to the Township. When is my scheduled collection day?

Please visit the Maps page of the website to view a map of the Township's collection days. Your trash, recycle and compost (if in season) will be collected on the same day.

What time do I need to have my trash, recycle and yard waste to the curb?

All items that you wish to have collected must be to the curb by 7:00 am on your scheduled collection day. Items can be put to the curb as early as 6:00 pm on the evening prior to your scheduled collection day. We cannot guarantee collection unless items are placed curbside by 7:00 am

Why does the time the trucks collect my trash change from week to week?

The time of collection can change based on the amount of solid waste that is placed at the curb, this can slow down or speed up the trucks.  There are three trucks driving down your street every collection day.  Each truck has its own starting point which is why your trash may get collected several hours before or after your yard waste (seasonal) or vice versa.  During the heavy yard waste season, trash trucks are put on yard waste collection first and then return to collect trash. 

Holidays can also affect your collection day.  The solid waste contractor of the Township does not provide service on the following major holidays:

New Year’s Day

Labor Day

Memorial Day

Thanksgiving Day

Independence Day

Christmas Day

If a holiday falls on a weekday (Monday thru Friday) and your collection day falls on or after a holiday, your collection day will be delayed by one day that week to include Saturday. Holidays that fall on Saturday or Sunday will not affect your collection day.

Can I place yard waste out for pickup all year round?

No. Curbside yard waste collection is seasonal. There is no curbside yard waste collection during the last 2 weeks of January, February and March. During this time, you must keep/store any yard waste you generate on your property.

Where can I get a yard waste sticker?

Stickers are available in the Treasurer’s Office and the Division of Public Services.

Why won't the collection workers empty my new garbage can?

In October of 2000, the Township’s waste hauler began enforcing a 35-gallon or less container size for all residents in the Township. Increased use of the larger sized containers over the previous years led to increases in the number of injuries to workers and, as a result, waste haulers throughout SE Michigan have stopped collecting the larger size cans.

Is there a weight limit on my garbage and yard waste?

Yes, there is a weight limit of 50 pounds. If your cans or bags weigh over 50 pounds the hauler will not lift the container.

Do I need to request a special pick up for large items?

No. Many larger items are accommodated by our hauler on your regular collection day. Examples of these items include sofas, loveseats, chairs, tables, bed frames, mattresses/box springs, bathtubs, sinks, toilets, air conditioners, stoves, dishwashers, microwaves, hot water heaters, washers and dryers.  Carpeting will be collected in three foot rolls, tied and less than 50 pounds.  Refrigerators must have the doors removed before placing at the curb.

Does the waste hauler collect construction materials curbside?

Yes, but only a small amount. These items include drywall, paneling, lumber, etc. cut to 3 foot or less lengths, nails removed and bundled; bundles weighing 50 pounds or less. Please contact the Solid Waste Department before setting out curbside.

What can I do with materials not normally collected?

There are a couple options:

1.  You may take your waste to a licensed sanitary landfill. The closest facility is Advanced Disposal - Arbor Hills facility located on Six Mile and Napier Roads in Salem Township. Please call first for directions and costs: Advanced Disposal – Arbor Hills (248) 412-0691.

2.  The Division of Public Services, Solid Waste Department can offer alternatives for many items that are not collected curbside

What materials will be accepted at the Township household hazardous waste collection event?

Click here for a complete list of acceptable and non-acceptable items.

How do I know if what I have is considered to be a hazardous waste?

A good rule of thumb is that if the product has warnings such as, "warning" or "caution" or "danger" or "poison" consider it hazardous and do not dispose of in your regular trash, down the drain, or into a storm sewer. If you still are unsure please feel free to call the Solid Waste Department to find a definite answer or Click here to visit the Household Hazardous Waste page of our website.

Household hazardous waste collection day is not for 6 months and I want to dispose of my wastes now. Are there places where I can dispose of my hazardous wastes responsibly throughout the year?

Yes. Click here to view alternative disposal options. 

My condominiums/apartments/mobile home park does not use the Township sponsored waste collection program and our waste hauler does not offer a recycling program where can I recycle?

Residences that use separate waste hauler services are also offered recycling options through the Township. Please call the Solid Waste Department for more information.

I would like to start a recycle program at my workplace in Plymouth Township. Where do I begin?

The Charter Township of Plymouth does not coordinate the collection of commercial or industrial waste or recycling;

Other sources to assist you in your recycling efforts are listed below.

Michigan Recycling Coalition

The US Environmental Protection Agency

What can I put in the recycling bin?

In October of 2015 Plymouth Township was able to offer an enhanced curbside recycle program.  To view a full list of accepted materials click here.

Why is compost collection seasonal?

All yard waste that is collected from Plymouth Township residents is taken to a compost facility, not a sanitary landfill. During the winter months, generation of compostable material decreases significantly and our compost facility closes its scales due to lack of business. While some residents may generate small amounts of compost, it would not be cost effective to run the compost route for the full year.

Why can't the regular trash truck take the yard waste?

In March of 1995, the State of Michigan ruled (PA 451 of 1994 [NREPA] as amended) that waste disposal facilities could not, knowingly, place yard waste into a sanitary landfill. This ruling can be viewed at:

What happens to the yard waste once it is processed into compost?

This compost is sold by the facility to landscapers, developers etc. We also store usable compost during the season at the DPW Building located at 46555 Port Street that is available at no cost to our residents. Please contact the Solid Waste Department for more information.

What can I do with yard waste that I generate during the winter months?

All yard waste must be stored on your property until the season opens in the Spring.

Why not try backyard composting as a solution for your winter yard waste?  Click here for more information and links.
Who do I contact for other Solid Waste Department information not found here?
Please visit the Solid Waste Department section of the website.  Or, send your questions to Sarah Visel