Garbage & Recycling Guide


The City of Escanaba Department of Public Works provides a weekly garbage and bi-weekly recycling pickup service.  Two automated garbage trucks, maintained and operated by the department, follow a weekly schedule for collection.

Please check the Garbage and Recycling Route Map for routes and schedules. The City of Escanaba observes the following holidays which may affect the collection schedule:

New Years Day (January 1)
Presidents Day (3rd Monday in February)
Memorial Day (Last Monday in May)
Independence Day (July 4)
Labor Day (First Monday in September)
Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday in November)
Christmas Day (December 25)

If a holiday falls on your scheduled day, garbage collection will be moved ahead one day, Tuesday collection will be on Thursday. Recycling is always on Wednesday unless the holiday happens to fall on Wednesday, then recycling will be picked up the following day and the rest of the weeks collection will be moved ahead one day.

Garbage Carts

Each garbage customer is issued a 95 gallon wheeled garbage cart, and a 65 gallon recycle cart.  To set up a new service, please call the Utility Office at 786-0552.

Your cart is for disposal of regular household garbage only.

​If you have any questions about disposal of items, please call the Department of Public Works (786-1842), or the Delta County Landfill at 789-9995 or 786-9056, Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 3:00 p.m., Thursday, 8:00 am - 6:00 p.m., or Saturday, 8:00 am - Noon.

Please follow these simple guidelines for collection services:
  • Have carts out by 7:30 AM on collection day.  Substitute drivers may not follow the same time schedule as regular route drivers.
  • Place carts at the curbline or alleyline depending on collection location.​ In winter snow conditions clear a spot at the alleyline for carts to allow room for the truck to navigate through the alley without hitting carts.
  • The arrow on the lid must point to the street.

  • The handle must face the house.

  • Place at least 4' from parked cars and at least 4' from objects (mailbox, fence, utility poles, bins or yard waste barrels and bags).

  • LOOK UP!  Do not place cart under low-hanging branches or powerlines

  • Regular household trash must be placed INSIDE the cart.  Garbage not placed in the cart will not be collected.

  • ​Do not overload cart. The lid should always be kept closed to control odors and animals. This will also keep out rainwater.

  • Food waste should be sealed in plastic bags, never put food waste directly in cart.

  • ​Saw dust should also be sealed in plastic bags.

Do not use your cart for disposing of the following: branches and other yard trimmings, recyclables, hot ashes, motor oil, solvents, paints, pool chemicals, hazardous materials, flammable liquids and dead animals.

All refuse must be placed inside your cart with the lid closed.

Cart Maintenance & Care

Keep the cart's lid closed to deter insects and animals. Please do not overload your cart. Periodically, wash your cart out with regular soap and water. Try to store your cart in a cool place away from direct sunlight and other exposures to heat. Keep items that decompose quickly in a cool place until collection day.

If your cart needs to be replaced or repaired, please call Public Works at 786-1842.

What happens if the cart is stolen?

A police report must be filed with the City of Escanaba Public Safety Department in order to
receive a replacement cart.  Phone 786-5911.

Recycling Collection

Recycling is collected on a bi-weekly schedule based on the garbage collection schedule.

Garbage Collection Days

Recycling Collection Days

Monday & Tuesday 1st & 3rd Wednesday of Month
Thursday & Friday 2nd & 4th Wednesday of Month

Useful Links: 

Customer Service Request
City of Escanaba - Employee Access