Department of Public Services

Municipal Service Center -  4811 N. Saginaw Rd.  Midland, MI 48640  Phone: 989-837-6900  Email:

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Borrow-A-Container Program

A 4 x 6 x 4-foot (4 cubic yards) dumpster can be reserved for overnight loading by calling DPS at 989-837-6900. Containers must be reserved in advance. Residents can reserve up to 4 containers per year. There is no charge for this service.

Reservations are available Monday through Friday, and can be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. The container is placed on either your outlawn or driveway approach before 3:30 p.m. and collected early the following day. Friday reservations may load over the weekend for early Monday morning pickup.

Guidelines for Use:

  • Only one Borrow-A-Container per night per address is allowed.

  • Due to disposal regulations, containers can be filled with either brush or refuse, but not both.

  • Due to weight restrictions, the container can only be filled up to HALF FULL with shingles (overfilled containers must be unloaded by the resident to meet specifications).

  • The container cannot be used to dispose of hazardous household materials, chemicals, liquid paint, dead animals, car parts, car bodies or car batteries.

  • The container may not be used for yard waste, soil, or sod. Asphalt, concrete & other masonry rubble

  • Everything must fit inside the Borrow-A-Container so that the lid completely closes.

Additional Options

If Borrow-A-Container doesn’t work for you, check out the following options: