Garbage and Recycling

2024 Gladstone MI Garbage & Recycling Schedule

The DPW is responsible for the collection of property owner solid waste and recycling. One garbage can (black lid) and one recycling can (blue lid) is provided to each property in the city. These 95 gallon cans are numbered and chipped to allow for tracking. The cans are specially designed to be picked up by our automated truck. Other trash containers cannot be picked up by our truck. The truck that picks up the cans is specialized to allow for automated collection of trash and recycling. A side arm picks up the cans and lifts the trash and recycling into the truck. The arm will then place the can back to its original location. This truck is operated by trained staff that knows the various routes throughout the City and is trained in the proper use of the equipment.

The solid waste cart has a black lid and the recycling cart has a blue lid. Items too large for the can and items we cannot take in our cans/truck can be brought to the Delta County Landfill. Extra trash and recycling can always be brought to the Delta County Landfill and garbage is charged according to weight, recycling is free.

For any unknown waste item please call Delta County Landfill for help. 906-786-9056 

Proper Can Placement & Procedure

Trash Cans
  • They should be placed in the designated refuse area by no later than 7 a.m. on your collection day.  Carts placed out after this time may not be picked up.  
  • The arrow on the cart must point towards the street/alley.  
  • Ensure that the cart has a minimum 3 foot clearance from any other objects. Do not put the cart near any obstructions including overhanging tree branches or utility wires.   During the winter, snow must be removed from around the cart to maintain the 3 foot clearance. 
  • Please remove cans from the designated refuse area within 24 hrs. 

Improper Can Placement & Procedure

Trash Cans

Please note that your trash or recycling may not be picked up if the guidelines below are not followed. If this happens, your containers will be picked up at the next scheduled pick up time if guidelines are adhered to.

  • Do not place any waste/recycling outside of the cart.  
  • Do not overload the cart. Keep the lid closed to prevent water from collecting, to control odors, prevent animals from removing contents and from recycling making a mess. 
  • Never place food waste directly into the solid waste container. 
  • Do not put the recycle and solid waste carts out at the same time.
  • Waste oil, batteries, electronic items such as televisions, computers, appliances and yard waste are not permitted for pickup. (Special Waste at the Delta County Landfill Site for disposal)
  • Never place garbage into recycling cart. The recycling is sorted by hand at the landfill and keeping it as clean as possible cuts the cost and increases safety for them and the us.