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, Monday through Thursday 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. 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. A map of the daily collection routes is available or residents may call the Public Works department or Waste Management Inc. at 228-2028 for collection details.
Information & Service Complaints
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 228-2028, or to the Public Works department.
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 in approved watertight containers or covered collection carts rented from the collection contractor. Collection carts, (64-gallon capacity), are available from the office of Waste Management, 910 W. Baraga Avenue, and are billed quarterly in advance. 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.
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.
Special Service Accommodation
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.