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 open as of Monday, April 20, 2015 and will close in November, depending upon weather conditions.  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 garbage 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 drop-off site will open on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 and will close in November. 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 "Garbage" 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

2015 Spring Yard Waste & Brush Collection

Properties paying the “Garbage/Yard 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 pickup date. Material MUST be placed curbside prior to 7:00 a.m. of the scheduled pick up date.  There will not be a second pick up day for the zones. 
  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 May 4 – May 15.  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 opening April 20, 2015 for the season. 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.

2015 Spring Brush Collection Schedule

The following are dates of the City of Marquette’s brush and leaf collection. 

Monday – April 27 – All streets north of Fair Avenue.

Tuesday – April 28 – East Marquette bounded by & including Front St on the west, Fair Ave on the north & Baraga Ave on the south.

Wednesday – April 29 – The area west of Front St & north of US 41 Bypass bounded by & including Fair Ave on the north, Seventh St. on the west.

Thursday – April 30 – All streets south of US 41 Bypass.

Friday – May 1 – The area west of Seventh St & north of US 41 Bypass bounded by & including Fair Ave on the north.

Spring 2015 Compost Collection

Leaves, grass clippings and garden debris

Monday – May 4 – Area bounded by Tracy & Sugarloaf on the west and lying north of Fair

Tuesday – May 5 – Area bounded by & including E Fair on the north, E Hewitt on the south & N Front on the west.

Wednesday – May 6 – Area west of N Front bounded by & including W Hewitt on the south & Seventh St on the west.

Thursday – May 7 – Area south of E Hewitt, bounded by & including E Baraga on the south & Front St on the west.

Friday – May 8 – Area south of W Hewitt, north of US 41 Bypass, west of Front St & bounded by & including Seventh St on the  west.

Monday – May 11 – Area south of US 41 Bypass, bounded by & including Hampton St on the south.

Tuesday – May 12 – Area south of Hampton St.

Wednesday – May 13 – Area north of US 41 Bypass, west of Seventh St bounded by & including Cleveland Ave on the north.

Thursday – May 14 – Area north of Cleveland Ave west of N Seventh St bounded by & including W Fair on the north.

Friday – May 15– Area north of W Fair & west of NMU Campus.

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