Garbage Collection

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Green Bag Cost: 

33 gallon- $1.50/unit or 10 for $15

22 galllon- $1.20/unit or 10 for $12

33 gallon MSHS edition- $1.80/unit or 10 for $18


The City of Marquette provides once per week collection of household refuse and properly prepared recyclables from all residential properties within the city. Residential properties include single family homes, townhouses and apartments, not exceeding five units per building. For purposes of this service, buildings containing more than five dwelling units are considered commercial properties and are responsible for providing their own solid waste services.

Collection is provided between 10:00 pm the preceding evening and 8:00 am, Tuesday through Friday mornings. The collection schedule is not adjusted for holidays. Contractor shall give notice through the local media for any changes. Containers are to be placed curbside after 1:00 pm on the evening preceding the scheduled collection day. All bags and containers must be on the ground. Any bags or containers placed on top of a snowbank will not be collected. Any can or reusable container not collected with the refuse is to be removed from the street right-of-way and placed in an inconspicuous location on the owner's property prior to 8:00 pm on the collection day.

Collection Schedule Map

Residential collection is provided by Waste Management, 910 W. Baraga Avenue, under contract to the City of Marquette. Service complaints or requests for information may be directed to Waste Management Inc. at 662-6065, or to the Public Works department at 228-0444.
Household refuse may include garbage, rubbish, and kitchen wastes, such as discarded food or food residue and paper used for wrapping the same, animal wastes, and minor household items. It shall be well drained of all liquids. It shall not include yard waste, materials from construction or razing of buildings, waste from any manufacturing process, or hazardous materials defined by Federal, State, or local law, rule or regulation. Refuse does not include materials intended for recycling.
All refuse placed curbside for pickup must be in city approved prepaid bags or carts. Approved bags are available at the Waste Management's office and at major area retailers. A prepaid bag may be placed in a covered garbage can for pickup, provided all refuse is contained by the prepaid bag and the bag is tied. All bags shall be tied and each filled bag shall not exceed 30 lbs. The property owner is responsible for damage to bags resulting from dogs, cats, rodents, birds, etc. During winter months, refuse must be placed at ground level. Any garbage or recycling placed on top of a snowbank will not be collected.
Residents making use of curbside pickup shall place their approved containers between the sidewalk and curb, or between two and eight feet from the edge of the roadway in areas where there are no sidewalks or curb. Containers shall be placed in front of the owner's property (as much as possible) and in a location accessible to collection equipment. During winter months, refuse containers shall be placed in a driveway opening or some other established opening in the snow bank not above waist height.
Any household not having an able-bodied person or neighbor willing to assist in placing refuse curbside for pick-up may register with the Department of Public Works for special accommodation. Special service cannot be provided without registration. As situations change, type of service may be reconsidered.

Non curbside waste disposal can be hauled to the Waste Management Transfer Station at 910 W Baraga Ave. Vehicles will be charged by weight. If you have any questions, please call 662-6065. Hours of Operation are:

Monday thru Friday 9:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Closed for lunch daily 11:00 am - 11:30 am


A landfill permit can be purchased at the City Hall Treasurer's office allowing the resident to haul to the Marquette County Solid Waste Management Authority located at 600 Co Rd NP. If you have any questions, please call 906-228-0475. Landfill hours of operation are:

Monday through Friday 7:00 am to 3:00 pm. 

Compost and Rubbish

Properties paying the “Solid Waste” fee on their monthly bills are eligible to use the Christmas tree drop-off sites.  Owners and tenants of properties not paying the fee should contact their regular waste hauler for service.  These sites are supported by fees, not taxes.


Beginning December 26, 2017 through January 15, 2018 there will be two (2) drop-off sites available for Christmas tree disposal.


One (1) site is located at the west end of Lakeview Arena parking lot, 401 E Fair Ave. Place tree inside orange fencing.


Second (2nd) site is located at Hurley Field, 240 Mesnard St. Place tree inside orange fencing.


Residents are to remove all decorations and stands before disposing of their tree.


The City of Marquette compost site on Lakeshore Blvd., one block south of Hawley St., is closed for the season effective December 11, 2017. 

The site will be closed for the season Sunday, November 12, 2017. The final days open are Wednesday, November 8, 3 p.m. to dusk and Saturday, November 11, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The disposal area is located at the old Cliffs Dow site accessed from Lakeshore Blvd. City property owners must bring a driver’s license and current water bill for the property showing payment of the solid waste fee that supports this facility. They may bring their yard waste, grass clippings, garden debris, etc. There is no limit on the amount which will be accepted. Property owners may also drop off one pickup load of brush per day. (A pile approximately 12’L x 6’W x 5’H). This drop-off site is not available to commercial haulers. Open burning is not permitted in the City of Marquette.

The site is closed for the season effective December 11, 2017. 

The Household Rubbish site is officially closed for the season Sunday, November 12, 2017. 

A driver’s license and City water bill showing the payment of a solid waste fee for your property is required for admittance. Residents in rental units using the “green bags” who do not have a water bill in their name need to contact their landlord to file the following form with the Public Works Dept. showing a list of tenants eligible to use the site.

[Household Rubbish Drop-Off Rental Registration Form]

We ask that all individuals respect traffic and waiting lines that may occur by entering westbound from Lakeshore Blvd. Accepted items: toys, tools, furniture, appliances (must be tagged Freon free and only accepted on Saturdays), old clothing, shoes, books, drapes, carpets, decorations, and other minor household items are accepted but limited to one pickup truck load per day. No shingles are accepted.

Appliances and White goods include all appliances and water heaters. Appliances using any regulated refrigerant must bear an appropriate technician’s certificate for compliance certifying that the refrigerant has been recaptured. This can be done through a plumbing and heating company. Metal items will be separated for recycling. Not accepted items: liquid or hazardous wastes, Freon containing appliances, brush or yard waste, regular garbage, food items, rocks or masonry, compressed gas tanks, tires, shingles, computers, laptops, network equipment, computer parts, software, flat panel screens, monitors, printers, scanners.

City of Marquette residents are invited and encouraged to participate in the community wide "Trash to Treasure Weekend" annually the Saturday before Labor Day.

The purpose of the program is to provide a venue for the recycling of reusable household items such as furniture, lamps, electronics, and other working household items. The program is designed to increase awareness in recycling by creating an alternative means of reusing items that would otherwise end up in the landfill.

• Residents can place reusable/serviceable items in front of their house on the curb no earlier than 8:00 a.m. on the pre-determined date. Unclaimed items must be removed from the curb no later than 2:00 p.m. the same day.

• Removal of items will be strictly enforced in accordance with Section 22.33 of the City’s Nuisance Ordinance: It shall be unlawful for any person to accumulate rubbish or any articles or junk, except as may be necessary for construction work or normal course of a business.

• This Public Service Announcement will serve as notice that items left at the curb will be picked up by the Public Works Department and invoiced to the property owner on a time, material and disposal fee basis.

• College students are encouraged to participate in the treasure hunt in that they may find items which will be useful to them in their dormitory or apartment.

• Examples of items that can be recycled include lamps, tables, chairs, dishes, etc. Please, no rubbish. Rubbish is defined to mean anything that does not work, is not clean and is not serviceable.

• Depositing unwanted items is prohibited.

• It is suggested that residents remove lawn ornaments and other wanted items to avoid mistaken identity.

For more information or questions, please contact the Public Works Department at (906) 228-0444.


In addition to garbage pickup, the City of Marquette offers curbside collection of recyclable materials.

Prior to collection, recyclable materials must be divided into two separate streams – fiber materials and rigid materials – which will be picked up on alternating weeks at the same time as curbside garbage collection.

2018 Alternating Week Fiber/Rigid Schedule

The City of Marquette is accepting fiber, rigid, and organic waste recycling at the Waste Management Transfer Station at 910 W. Baraga Avenue. Material can be placed in the green Waste Management containers located at the parking lot immediately south of the Waste Management building available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for convenience.

Acceptable Materials

All recyclable materials must be clean of food residue. Materials are to be placed curbside loosely in hard-walled plastic bins, baskets or boxes. Containers used for recyclable collection must be easily differentiated from those used for refuse collection. Do not use plastic bags as recycling containers, and do not place rigid materials for pick-up in paper bags.


-Newspapers and inserts

-Magazines and catalogs

-High gloss papers

-Clean corrugted cardboard

-Pizza Boxes

-Chipboard (i.e. cereal/cracker boxes)

-Phone books, computer paper, junk mail




Plastics (#1-#7)

Organic waste material can be dropped off at the Waste Management Transfer Station at 910 W Baraga Ave. and should be limited to the following options. Please use paper food bags for delivery to the site.

Organic Waste includes:

Fruits and vegetables (scraps or whole)
Bread, pasta and grains
Bakery items and ingredients
Eggs, eggshells, nutshells and paper egg cartons
Milk, juices and cartons
Plants, cut flowers and potting soil
Coffee grounds, filters and tea bags
Paper Products (e.g. napkins, paper towels, plates and food"
Junk mail and magazines
Cardboard boxes
Any paper
Animal waste