Department of Public Services

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

Heavy Item and Brush Disposal

When to set out your items:  Heavy items and brush are collected from residential properties once per month. Items can be placed at the curb on the Saturday preceding a resident's scheduled collection Monday. Items should be at the curb by 7:30 a.m. on the Monday of your area's scheduled collection week. If you do not know your collection Monday, check out the City's collection schedule by street by clicking on the Collection Schedules link at left.

Items Collected

  • Boxes of any size, including moving boxes

  • Appliances (remove covers and doors). NOTE:  Appliances are also collected weekly on a call-in basis, 989-837-6900

  • Furniture, mattresses & carpeting (less than 8 feet in length)

  • Scrap metal

  • Demolition, remodeling and building materials (for established Midland residences only)

  • Asphalt, concrete & other masonry rubble

  • Logs, cut branches, tree trimmings & brush (Less than 8 feet in length. Leave 1 foot of space between piles. For established Midland residences only. No service for land clearing.)

  • Whole boxes & corrugated cardboard larger than 3 ft. x 3 ft. (boxes can be recycled only if they fit inside the recycle bin)

  • Tires (maximum of four per year)

Items Not Collected

  • Old cars & car bodies

  • Chemicals

  • Household hazardous materials

  • Explosives and live ammunition

  • Dead animals

  • Loose soil & sod

  • Car batteries

  • Wet/liquid paint

  • Excess of 4 tires a year

How to Prepare Your Items for Collection

  • Put household items and brush into clearly separated piles

  • Avoid placing items near poles, trees, hydrants, mailboxes, wires and other obstacles

  • Remove covers and doors from all appliances

  • Flatten boxes and corrugated cardboard

  • All items, brush and brush piles must be less than 8 feet in length. Leave 1 foot of space between piles.

  • Containers put out for Heavy Item collection will be disposed of along with their contents.

  • Place items on the outlawn at the curb. Do not place items in the street.

Disposing of Cardboard & Boxes

  • Boxes are not to be used as containers for refuse or debris

  • Whole boxes and large cardboard are collected monthly with your heavy item collection only

  • Cardboard and boxes of any size can be dropped off at the Midland Recyclers. Call 989-631-1668 for info.

Additional Options

If you missed your collection, or your work doesn’t fit with our collection schedule, check out the following options: