Area communities prepare for annual spring rubbish collection


Staff Writer

IRON MOUNTAIN – The cities of Iron Mountain, Kingsford and Norway are gearing up for the annual spring rubbish collections.

In anticipation of this collection, residents have been busy trying to get their yard work done and check and see what other items need to be dropped off or picked up during the collection time.

No curbside pickups are being conducted in Iron Mountain or Norway. Instead, the cities have a drop off location for residents to bring their items. Kingsford continues with its spring rubbish collection by picking up loose lawn materials at the edge of the street/curb and other items where the normal garbage collection area is located.

Norway began its spring rubbish drop off on Monday, and it will continue through Saturday, May 11 at the Department of Public Works building, 400 10th Ave. in Norway. Items can be dropped off between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Items accepted during the drop off include grass clippings, garden waste, leaves and brush, which are brought to the compost site located at the Wastewater Treatment Plant off of U.S. 8, south of Danielson’s Greenhouse. The compost site is open daily at no charge to Norway residents throughout the year.

Metals can be separated and dropped off at the DPW building for recycling as well as building materials from small remodeling projects; furniture including chairs, tables, sofas, beds, mattresses and other items; refrigerators and freezers that have been tagged with a sticker indicating the freon has been removed; and concrete broken up into pieces of approximately one square foot. To make arrangements for disposal, residents can contact the DPW at 563-9641, option 3, extension 300.

Items not being accepted include hazardous waste like gasoline, oil paint and chemicals; waste oil, tires and batteries because those items can be brought to the county waste disposing facility for recycling; and no e-waste.

The recycling container located at the DPW building has bins to take paper, number 1 and 2 plastics and tin cans. There are also two dumpster to drop off scrap iron.

Norway city officials added that paper, waste oil and batteries can be brought to the Dickinson County Solid Waste Processing Facility in Quinnesec at no cost, but there is a fee for tires according to size. This facility is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 am. to noon.

The city of Kingsford is starting its spring rubbish collection on Monday, May 13, first in Kingsford Heights and then moving on to the Ford Addition, Garden Village, Breitung, and outlying areas of the city.

“All locations should have items for collection properly separated and ready on May 13. The collection will be done in only one pass through the city. Following the collection, the city will charge a minimum of $75 to make special collections,” city officials said.

“Any loose lawn material must be placed at the edge of the street behind the curb or street edge. Other items must be placed at the edge of the street or alley of a residence where the weekly refuse is normally collected. Do not place piles next to or behind buildings, fences, power poles or other obstructions,” city officials noted.

In Kingsford, city crews will take limbs and brush that is neatly piled separately and cut in lengths between 6-10 feet. Grass, leaves and garden waste should be piled separately or in bags or containers not exceeding 32 gallons or 50 pounds.

Separated from other rubbish, the city will pick up large metal items to be recycled but not appliances with refrigerant. Large furniture items like chairs, tables, sofas, beds and mattresses need to be separated from other rubbish items and carpeting must be rolled up and no longer than four feet in length. Concrete must be broken up in pieces of one foot square and piled separately with a limit of one cubic yard.

Building materials will be collected with the weekly garbage collection, but the city will not collect waste from total demolitions or waste from construction of new buildings.

Items like tires, waste oil, gasoline and hazardous or toxic waste such as oil, paint, anti-freeze and chemicals will not be collected by the city. People can contact the Dickinson County Solid Waste Facility at 774-5680 about disposing of these items.

Kingsford residents can also use the city compost drop-off site, which is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. through the fall and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon through Nov. 9.

Iron Mountain residents can take advantage of a drop off site in front the city’s Department of Public Works building, located at 125 N. Stephenson Ave., from May 15-18. This is for household rubbish; the city will continue to collect brush and yard waste at curbside.

The drop off site will be open for four days with the hours on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

“Acceptable material is limited to two pickup loads a day, and the site is not available to commercial haulers. A driver’s license and city utility bill with garbage fee is required as proof of residence to use the site. Renters must go through their landlord to file a form with the DPW to show that they are eligible to use the site,” city officials noted.

Household rubbish items allowed at the drop-off site include toys, tools, furniture, appliances that are tagged freon free, old clothing, shoes, books, draperies, carpets, decorations, remodeling waste less than two pick up loads a day with rocks and masonry keep separate, and other minor household items. Metal items dropped off will be separated for recycling.

Items that can be reused can be donated to the Habitat ReStore. ReStore provides free pick-up for any item accepted for donation and can be contacted by calling 774-2867.

Items not being accepted during the drop-off include liquid or hazardous wastes, freon containing appliances, tires, batteries, oil, paint or anti-freeze, compressed gas tanks, and regular garbage including food items.

For more information, residents can call the Iron Mountain DPW department at 774-0722.

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