Department of Public Services

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

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Special Refuse Items Collected and How to Prepare Them

These items are also collected on your weekly refuse collection day.



Dried latex paint in cans

Remove lid or punch holes in can; place separately at curb

Used motor oil and antifreeze

Label & place separately in a tightly sealed, non-leaking container

Animal waste

Label & place separately in a plastic-lined bag and paper outer bag

Broken glass and light bulbs

Label & place separately in a puncture-proof cardboard box or can with a secure lid

Needles and syringes

Label & place in a separate hard plastic or metal container with a secure lid

Ashes, sawdust & drywall dust

Double bag, label, & place separately

Fluorescent bulbs

Wrap in newspaper or put in bulb sleeve and place separately

Items NOT Collected

  • Cardboard boxes larger than 3 ft. 3 ft. - these larger pieces can be flattened and put out for monthly heavy item collection

  • Refuse in containers without handles, such as grocery bags, wheelbarrows, barrels, boxes

  • Hot ashes

  • Explosives and live ammunition

  • Dead animals

  • Car parts and batteries

  • Liquid paint

  • Chemicals & household hazardous materials.**

  • Refuse bins and containers with item sticking out of the container (lids must close)

  • Refuse that is frozen to the can or bin

  ** Midland's Sanitary Landfill serves as the site of the Midland County Health Department's Household Hazardous Materials Collection program. Through this program, residents of Midland County can dispose of hazardous materials such as paint, pesticides, battery acid and fuel, to name a few. Call 832-6681 for more information.