Refuse Collection
Unlimited plastic bags, no greater than 33 gallons, may be placed at the curbside by 7:00 A.M. every Wednesday morning. REFUSE IS NOT TO BE PLACED OUT TO THE CURB ANY EARLIER THAN 7:00 P.M. ON THE EVENING BEFORE COLLECTION. Bags must be of a material that is waterproof, tight-sealing and durable enough to prevent ripping or tearing. Bags shall not exceed 50 pounds when filled and be drained free of liquids. Plastic or metal receptacles are not permissible at the curbside, unless disposal of the receptacle is requested. 

Large Household Items
If you desire to dispose of household furniture, appliances or refuse that is too bulky to place into a bag, residents are allowed up to, two large items placed out to the curb each week. Place the item(s) by the curb and collection employees will tag the item(s), note the location and arrange for pick-up at a later time by a specialized vehicle. Please note that depending upon the pick-up volume, a delay of up to several days may occur. Call the City office at (989) 652-9901 or go to for additional details.  

Commercial Refuse Collection
The City of Frankenmuth requires the participation of all non-residential dumpsters to be included in its commercial containerized refuse collection. Please contact the City office at 989-652-9901 for container sizes, pick-up options and costs.

 Recyclables Collection 
Weekly curbside collection of recyclables is every Wednesday at 7:00 A.M. RECYCLING BINS ARE NOT TO BE PLACED OUT TO THE CURB ANY EARLIER THAN 7:00 P.M. ON THE EVENING BEFORE COLLECTION AND BINS MUST BE REMOVED BY THE EVENING ON COLLECTION DAY. Recycling bins must be at curbside in order for recycling to be picked up. Recycling bins and brown grocery type paper bags used to hold paper products are the only containers to be used for the collection of recyclables. Plastic bags are not acceptable. Residents may place multiple recycling bins by the curb each week. The City Office has additional recycling bins available for $10 each (first bin free for newly constructed residences). 

Residents should focus on recycling cardboard, plastic containers #1 & #2, steel and aluminum cans, and paper. No plastic bags, no glass, no foam and no pizza boxes.

MMWA is pleased to offer a curbside recycling program, but the fact is, there are many items that should not go into your recycling container. We know people are enthusiastic about recycling and want to recycle as much as possible, but it is important to follow the list of accepted materials. If you are unsure about whether an item is accepted, please call MMWA at (989) 781-9555 for clarification instead of being a “wishful recycler.”   This is not a complete list of prohibited items, but some of the most common non-recyclables we see in recycling containers include:

  • plastics #3 – #7
  • All glass
  • Batteries
  • Blue, black or frosted glass
  • Candy wrappers
  • Cassette tapes
  • Ceramics
  • Clothing/fabric
  • Construction materials
  • Electronics
  • Foam products (including egg cartons, packing materials and food containers)
  • Hardcover books
  • Laundry soap boxes
  • Light bulbs
  • Mirrors
  • Motor oil or cooking oil bottles
  • Needles/sharps
  • Paper napkins, tissues or paper towel
  • Pet food bags and feed sacks
  • Pizza boxes – greasy (cut off lid & recycle if clean)
  • Plastic/cling wrap
  • Plastic bags
  • Plastic straws and utensils
  • Pots and pans
  • Potato chip and cookie bags
  • Propane and helium tanks
  • VCR and VHS cartridges
  • Waxed paper cups
  • Windows
  • Wood

 Notes for  above. Occasionally, some streets and areas may not be serviceable due to severe weather conditions and those conditions are subject to frequent changes. In such cases, residents who set out materials that are not picked up by the evening are asked to remove materials from the curb until their service day next week to allow street crews (i.e. snow plows) better access. Residents may also decide to not set waste materials at curb to avoid them from being scattered about (or covered by such things as plowed snow).

Other Special Material Collections 
Occasionally, other special materials such as computers, mercury or other household hazardous materials, tires, etc. are collected via special collections arranged by county agencies. Call the City office at (989) 652-9901 or visit for additional information and details on those special collections.