Trash and Recycling Changes Coming to City of Houghton

At the October 26, 2022 council meeting, the council voted to approve the new contract with Waste Management for garbage and recycling collection and disposal.  This contract will take effect June 1, 2023.   The city will transfer from the current system of purchasing special garbage bags to a garbage container and recycling container system.  The new containers will be supplied by Waste Management.

The city will hold a Public Information Session about the implementation of the new system prior to June of 2023.

The city’s garbage collection ordinance will also need to be updated prior to June of 2023.  A public hearing prior to adoption of the new ordinance will be held.

At the October 12, 2022  council meeting, City Manager Eric Waara provided a history of trash and recycling collection in the city, limited options, and the proposed changes.

October 2022 Powerpoint

Houghton Recycling is brought to Recycle 906 in Marquette for processing.  Attached is information about what is accepted at their recycling center.  Further information can be obtained at

Recycle 906

aerial view of the city of Houghton and lift bridge