Effective January 1, 2016
In an effort to keep garbage and utility rates low, The City of Ishpeming has entered into a Dual-Stream Recycling Agreement with the Marquette County Solid Waste Management Authority (MCSWMA Website). North Country Disposal (NCD Website) will continue to be the City’s designated hauler.
What does this mean for residents?
Prior to collection, recyclable materials must be divided into two separate streams – fiber materials and rigid materials – which will be picked up on alternating weeks at the same time as curbside garbage collection.
Fiber materials include papers, newspapers, magazines, envelopes, books, cardboard materials, paper bags and other similar items. Staples and plastic envelope windows may be included in the fiber stream.
One frequently asked question is, “what do we do with shredded paper?”— please put in a paper bag, staple shut and include with Fiber Materials Recycling.
Rigid materials are plastic, metal and glass items, and include everything from food and drink containers to CD cases and hard plastic toys. Labels can remain on these containers, but residents are asked to please empty all containers and to separate any caps from their respective containers.
Items that can’t be recycled curbside include foams, films, photo paper, food- or grease-coated items, bubble envelopes and organic materials.
What can’t be recycled must go to the landfill. The City encourages residents to divert as much as possible from the landfill, through recycling, composting and re-use. For instance, plastic bags won’t be accepted through the City program, but can be re-used at home or returned to some local stores for recycling. Similarly, many organic materials can be composted rather than thrown in the trash bin. Sharps are NOT recyclable and may NOT be placed in with recyclable materials.
Recycling Schedule for 2016