Got unwanted chemicals? Click here to learn about our chemical disposal/recycling programs.

Welcome to EmmetRecycling.org

Do you have something to get rid of? You’ve come to the right place! The Department of Public Works handles solid waste, organics* composting, and household hazardous waste management for Emmet County. We also serve as a regional recycling hub, collecting, processing and marketing recyclables for Emmet County and neighboring communities.  We see waste as a sign of economic inefficiency, but also as a resource and a world of opportunities!  We constantly strive to make our services convenient, comprehensive, cost effective, and environmentally positive.


*In the recycling and municipal solid waste industry, “organics” refers to yard wastes and food scraps, not necessarily plants and animals raised according to organic methods.

The ECR Insider

reuse, recycling, composting station

2018 Annual Report: The Whole Works

Fri, July 12, 2019 1:10PM

Click here to view the Emmet County Department of Public Works’ 2018 Annual Report:  The Whole Works 2018 web
David and Lindsey show off The Back Lot's compost bin

2019 Recycler of the Year Award Winners Just Keep Increasing Sustainability

Thu, June 13, 2019 2:37PM

from our June 13, 2019 Media Release When David Meikle and Steve Steffes opened their first restaurant in Petoskey, Tap30, they immediately signed up for Emmet County Recycling’s (ECR) curbside collection service. When ECR piloted collection of food scraps and …
drop-site recycling bin

Did Drop-site Vandal Have a Message?

Fri, December 28, 2018 2:17PM

Recycling program staff from Emmet County found extensive spray painting on a “mixed-containers” (bottles, jugs, jars, cups, trays, etc.) recycling bin located at the drop site behind Toski-Sands Plaza in Petoskey Monday morning. But, they report, the vandal may have …

2019 Events and Holiday Schedule

Sep 2 all-day
Pleasantview Drop-off Center Closed Curbside delayed one day for the remainder of the week with Friday routes served on Saturday
Sep 14 @ 11:00 am – 11:15 am
Household Chemical Drop-off Event
Clean up! Green up! Free up! It feels great to free up storage space while cleaning and "greening" your home: drop off your unwanted oil-based paints, cleaners, automotive fluids, yard & garden chemicals, and much[...]
Nov 28 all-day
Pleasantview Drop-off Center will be closed, though it is open both Wednesday and Friday regular hours. Curbside: Thursday pick ups will be Friday and Friday pick ups will be Saturday.

View all events...

Emmet County Department of Public Works
200 Division Street, G-76, Petoskey, MI 49770 • 231-348-0640

For additional information on Emmet County, please visit www.emmetcounty.org

© 2019 Emmet County, Michigan • All Rights Reserved

Produced by Gaslight Media