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City of Midland Landfill  4311 E. Ashman Midland, MI 48642  Phone:989-837-6988   Email: solaughl@midland-mi.org

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are the operating hours of the landfill?

2. What and how much can I bring to the landfill for free?

3. Why do Midland County residents have to pay for disposal of certain wastes if we pay taxes already?

4. What waste items will not be accepted at the landfill?

5. Does the landfill accept hazardous waste?

6. How can I dispose of liquid or hazardous wastes?

7. What is recycled at the landfill?

8. Can I bring recyclable materials that aren't collected curbside to the Midland Recycling Center at the landfill entrance?

9. Is compost available to residents or contractors?

10. How can I set up a tour of the landfill or the Midland Recyclers Center?

11. What State of Michigan regulatory agency governs the City of Midland Landfill?

12. Who develops the Midland County Waste Management Plan?

13. Does the landfill accept Canadian or out-of-state waste?

14. What is the largest tree limb size that will be accepted at the landfill?

15. How do I measure the cubic yards of my load?

16. If someone disposes of something that I would like to recycle, can I remove it from the landfill?

17. Why wasn't my waste collected at the curb?

18. How do I purchase a bin for refuse collection or find out more about the City of Midland's "borrow-a-container" program?

Answers

1. What are the operating hours of the landfill?

Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturdays (early March through late November only), 8:30 a.m. to Noon.

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2. What and how much can I bring to the landfill for free?

Once per month per address, Midland County residents can dispose of up to three (3) cubic yards of yard waste or general household refuse, and construction and demolition debris - including up to one appliance - during one visit, at no charge. Identification such as a driver's license must be provided when dropping off loads at the landfill. Tires are not included in no-charge loads.

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3. Why do Midland County residents have to pay for disposal of certain wastes if we pay taxes already?

The landfill is not supported by tax dollars. The landfill operates solely on waste disposal fees collected at the gatehouse near the front entrance to the landfill. Midland County residents may dispose of up to three (3) cubic yards of general refuse and yard waste for no charge once per month per address.

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4. What waste items will not be accepted at the landfill?

Liquid and hazardous wastes of any kind are prohibited by law. Oil, antifreeze, pesticides and oil-based paints are not accepted.

Lead acid batteries such as those used for automotive and marine purposes, yard waste, scrap metal and freon appliances are handled specially for recycling, but are accepted at the landfill.

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5. Does the landfill accept hazardous waste?

The landfill is classified as a Type II landfill, which means only residential and non-hazardous industrial wastes will be accepted. Click here for more information about the household hazardous waste program.

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6. How can I dispose of liquid or hazardous wastes?

The landfill, in conjunction with the Midland County Health Department (MCHD) and The Dow Chemical Company, hosts free Household Hazardous Waste Collections several times each year. Contact the MCHD at 989-832-6681 for dates and times of this collection program.

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7. What is recycled at the landfill?

Yard waste, scrap metals separated before delivery to the landfill, concrete and asphalt waste, and lead acid batteries are either recycled on site or are collected for off-site recycling.

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8. Can I bring recyclable materials that aren't collected curbside to the Midland Volunteers for Recycling Center at the landfill entrance?

The City of Midland's Department of Public Services collects certain recyclable materials on refuse collection days. Click here for a list of those recyclables that can be placed at the curb.

Certain items are also collected at the Midland Volunteers for Recycling Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to recycling. The recycling center is located at the entrance to the landfill.  For a list of the items accepted at the recycling center, click here.

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9. Is compost available to residents or contractors?

No. Currently, all compost material is used for on-site projects.

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10. How can I set up a tour of the landfill or the Midland Recyclers center?

Tours of the landfill may be arranged by calling 989-837-6988.  Schedule a free tour of Midland Recyclers (at the entrance to the landfill) by calling 989-631-1668.

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11. What State of Michigan regulatory agency governs the City of Midland Landfill?

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) regulates the landfill.

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12. Who develops the Midland County Waste Management Plan?

The plan, updated every five years, was developed and is maintained by a diverse group representing local government, county residents, industry, environmental groups and others. The comprehensive plan, developed by the Midland County Solid Waste Advisory Committee, is available for viewing at the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library.

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13. Does the landfill accept Canadian or out-of-state waste?

No. Midland County is a closed county, meaning that waste generated in the county stays in the county. Waste generated outside of Midland County is not accepted at the City of Midland Landfill.

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14. What is the largest tree limb size that will be accepted at the landfill?

Limbs and brush can be up to 12 inches in diameter and up to eight feet in length.

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15. How do I measure the cubic yards of my load?

To determine cubic yards, multiply the length by the width by the height of the load in feet. Divide this number by 27 (there are 27 cubic feet in one cubic yard).

Landfill fees are based upon loose, as-delivered volume.

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16. If someone disposes of something that I would like to recycle, can I remove it from the landfill?

No. Scavenging and salvaging are prohibited by law. It can also be an unsafe practice to scavenge for items, as electrical wires may be frayed, items may be (or may have come into contact with) skin-irritating chemicals or medical waste, or countless other reasons.

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17. Why wasn't my waste collected at the curb?

Refuse collection is handled by the Midland Department of Public Works. Click here to find out more about refuse collection services, or call 989-837-6900. Or, to find out the specific day of the week your refuse will be collected curbside, check out our interactive online schedule.

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18. How do I purchase a bin for refuse collection or find out more about the City of Midland's "borrow-a-container" program?

Bins for refuse collection may be purchased from the Midland Public Works Division. Through the "Borrow-a-Container" program, larger containers may also be used for overnight loading. Click here to find out more about the Borrow-A-Container program and how to purchase refuse bins from the City, or call 989-837-6900.

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