Solid Waste Services

The Public Works Department collects leaves, lawn rakings, garden plants and trimmings, and sod twice a year throughout the City. Weather permitting, the collection occurs during the last week of April into the first part of May, and the October fall collection. Material may be bagged or placed adjacent to the street. Do not place yard waste in prepaid garbage bags. Do not block street gutters and drains.

Garbage Collection & Recycling

Compost Drop-Off

The Compost site is closed for the season. The site will open in the spring, weather permitting. The disposal area is located at the old Cliffs Dow site accessed from Lakeshore Blvd.  This site is open to City residents on Monday and Wednesday, 3 to 7 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Non residents who own property in the City must bring a driver’s license and current water bill for the property showing payment of the solid waste fee that supports this facility.  City of Marquette residents may bring their yard waste, grass clippings, garden debris, etc.  There is no limit on the amount which will be accepted.  Residents also may 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 City of Marquette is now accepting organic waste recycling at the Municipal Service Center located at 850 W. Baraga Avenue. Material can be placed in the green Waste Management container located at the southeast corner of the front parking lot during normal operational hours of Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. [Acceptable Materials]

Spring Compost Collection Map
Fall Compost Collection Map

Household Rubbish Drop-Off

Household Rubbish Drop Off SiteThe Rubbish site is closed for the season. The site will open in the spring, weather permitting. The site is open to City residents on Tuesdays, 3-7 p.m. and the second Saturday of every month, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The drop-off site is limited to toys, tools, furniture, appliances (must be tagged Freon free), old clothing, shoes, books, drapes, carpets, decorations, (remodeling waste less than one pickup truck load per day) and other minor household items. No shingles are accepted.  Appliances accepted ONLY on Saturdays.  

Appliances and White goods include all appliances and water heaters.  Appliances using any regulated refrigerant must bear an appropriate technician’s certificate of compliance certifying that the refrigerant has been recaptured.  Metal items will be separated for recycling.  You need a drivers license & City water bill for admittance. The site is located off  Wright Street between Presque Isle and Lakeshore Blvd. The following items will not be accepted:

  • 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

The following places provide Electronic Equipment Recycling:

  • Best Buy 227-5097
  • Goodwill 226-2444
  • Radio Shack 226-3291

Properties paying the "Solid Waste" fee on their monthly utility bills are eligible to dispose yard waste through this site. Owners and tenants of properties not paying the fee should contact their regular waste hauler for service. This services is supported by fees, not taxes.

Household Rubbish Drop-Off Rental Registration Form


Properties paying the “Solid Waste” fee on their monthly utility bills (green bag users) are eligible to dispose of yard waste through this collection. Owners and tenants of properties not paying the fee should contact their regular waste hauler for service.  This service is supported by fees, not taxes. All residents are asked to observe the following rules to provide for a safe, efficient cleanup.

  1. These collections are for brush, leaves, grass clippings and garden debris only. NO rubbish is allowed. All collected material will be composted. Material is not to be placed more than one week prior to pick up date.Material MUST be placed curbside prior to 7:00 a.m. of the scheduled pick up date.
  2. Pile yard waste on the lawn next to the street edge, NOT in the gutter or on street pavement.  Keep yard waste in front of your own property. Do NOT pile on vacant adjacent properties. Motorists are asked to avoid parking in positions that block access to leaf piles.
  3. The brush volume from each property is limited to one pickup load, a pile approx. 12’L x 6’W x 5’H.
  4. Crews will collect loose or bagged leaves November 2 – November 6. Crews will return to the same routes November 9 – November 13 and collect ONLY BAGGED LEAVES.  All debris placed curbside after the first collection date must be bagged. Do not use City green bags for yard waste.  Bags containing garbage or other rubbish mixed with the yard waste will not be collected.
  5. The City will not collect material after the last date listed below for each route.  Residents are asked to deliver it to the composting site on Lakeshore Blvd, one block south of Hawley Street. The site is open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm and on Saturdays from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. The site closes in November for the season, weather permitting. Notification of the exact date will be sent out via public service announcement. Any yard waste will be accepted but brush will be limited to one pickup load per day. Proof of residency or garbage fee payment is required for admittance.

The following are dates of the City of Marquette’s brush and leaf collection. Crews will collect brush week 1, leaves (bagged or loose) week 2 and leaves (bagged only) week 3.



Mon. October 26 November 2 November 9 All streets north of Fair Ave.
Tue. October 27 November 3 November 10

East Marquette bounded by and including Front St. on the west, Fair Ave on the North and Baraga Ave on the south.

Weds. October 28 November 4 November 11

The area west of Front St & north of US 41
Bypass bounded by and including Fair Ave on the north and Seventh St. on the west.

Thurs. October 29 November 5 November 12 All streets south of US 41 bypass.
Fri. October 30 November 6 November 13

The area west of Seventh St & north of US 41 Bypass bounded by and including Fair Ave on the north.

Open burning is not permitted in the City of Marquette – Neighborhood maps are available on City’s website Questions? Contact the Public Work Dept. @ 228-0444 or check the City’s


Waste Management - Transfer Station

Waste Management is a private for profit company that provides contract services to the city of Marquette. Hours of operation are subject to change please call 228-2283 with any questions.

Year round schedule is as follows:

OPEN Monday - Friday: 9:30am to 3:00pm

Office Closed for Lunch Daily: 11:00am to 11:30am

CLOSED: Saturdays & Sundays

Landfill Sign Off Form

Trash to Treasure

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

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.

Public Works
850 W. Baraga Ave.
300 W. Baraga Ave. (Mail)
Marquette, MI 49855
Ph. 906.228.0444
Fax 906.228.0445

Director of Public Works and Utilities
Curt Goodman

Department Hours:
Mon - Fri: 8am-5pm