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Garbage Collection & Recycling

Garbage Collection

Garbage is collected by Waste Management. Garbage must be placed in special bags in order to be collected. The bags are sold in packages of 10. The cost is $10 for 10 of the large bags and $5.00 for 10 of the small bags. Bags can be purchased at: The City Center, Swift Hardware, Surplus Outlet, Jim's Foodmart, Econo Foods, and Wal-Mart.

Garbage is collected on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Garbage must be placed on the curb by 6:00 a.m.. Waste Management honors the following holidays.  Your garbage pick-up will be delayed one day after these holidays:
New Year's Day
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day

The map below shows the day garbage will be collected.

All utility bills contain a $6.50 charge per unit to cover the cost of the garbage pick-up and hauling.

E-Waste Disposal

Ed's Used Parts
20295 Pilgrim Road
(906) 482-4531
Accepts e-waste at no charge. Click here to view more information.

Batteries and Light Bulb Recycling
Swift Hardware in Downtown Houghton offers recycling services for old batteries and light bulbs.  Small charges may apply.
Click here for additional information.

Asphalt Shingles
Asphalt shingles can be recycled locally.  Rockwood Concepts at 3295 County Rd. (U.S. Hwy. 41) in Mohawk accepts asphalt roofing shingles for recycling. Make sure your contractor knows you want your old roof recycled and not just thrown in a land fill. Why throw away when it is CHEAPER and environmentally responsible to recycle! View PDF for official Facility Policies.


Call 906-337-0875 for an appointment - all loads must call to set up a drop off time.

Click here to view current charge rates.

Recycling Information

Recycling is available in the City of Houghton through Waste Management. They accept the following items free of charge at their Houghton center.

Items can be brought to:

Waste Management
1108 Enterprise Drive
Houghton, MI 49931
(888) 960-0008

Recycling Hours:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday: 9 am - 3 pm
Thursday: 9 am - 7 pm

Acceptable Items

  • Office Paper (any color, photocopy, printer/laser, notebook, legal, fax, shredded is OK if placed in plastic bag)
  • Envelopes (labels & windows OK, white, pastel, interoffice, brown, envelopes with string closure)
  • Magazines and catalogs
  • Newspapers and inserts
  • Telephone books
  • Post-it notes
  • Junk mail (unopened OK)
  • Paperback and hardcover books
  • Soft cover computer manuals
  • Manila file folders
  • White box board or card stock
  • Soft drink or beer cartons
  • Cereal box type cardboard
  • Paper bags and other brown bags
  • Plastic bags (grocery store bags)
  • Grade paperboard, boxboard, egg cartons
  • Dark colored accordion files
  • Corrugated Cardboard
  • Plastics #1 and #2 only
  • Metal cans, tin cans, jar lids and foil products

* Remove all paper clips and staples
* Small amounts of tape are OK

Unacceptable Items

  • NO plastic transparencies, photographs, fluorescent bond
  • NO metal spiral or plastic ring bindings
  • NO candy wrappers or chip bags
  • NO pizza boxes or other food containers
  • NO Tyvek or padded envelopes
  • NO paper towels, napkins, or tissue paper
  • NO dark colored hanging files
  • NO carbon paper
  • NO wax paper
  • NO paper ream wrappers (most are plastic coated)
  • NO sytrofoam or other packing materials


City of Houghton

City Center
616 Shelden Avenue Houghton, MI 49931

(906) 482-1700 tel
(906) 482-0282 fax

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