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Trash Pick up

The trash is picked up every Monday (unless it is a holiday, then trash pick up will be Tuesday).  You are allowed 5 bags per week.  Please bag and tie all trash.  Yard waste, paint, liquids and hazardous material are prohibited.  You are allowed 4 large items per year with an accompanying sticker. You may get the stickers (which are free) at the Township Hall.  GFL is our current Trash Pickup Contractor you can contact them for any pickup issues at 231-258-9030. 

What We Pay for Trash Pick Up

A bid request for trash pick up was answered by one contractor only (at this time) and will be discussed at the December 7, 2022  regularly scheduled board meeting. 

Our current contract will expire on December 31, 2022. Our yearly cost is $86,400. 

How We Fund Trash Pick Up

Trash pickup for all property owners is paid for by a voter approved property tax. The Trash Pickup fund is then used to pay a contractor (currently Green For Life: GFL) to collect and dispose of residential trash. 

The Trash Pickup fund is maintained by a 4 year millage. A trash millage of 1.0 was duly passed by the voters in November 2022. 

Funding History for Trash Pick Up

The Board was able to reduce our millage to .3 mills for the 2010, 2011 and 2012 tax years and .4 mills for 2013, 2014 and 2015 as this was adequate to maintain the fund reserves.  Our .6 millage expires at the end of 2022. Unfortunately, due to a substantial increase of just over 68% in 2020, our reserves are being depleted.