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You care about your friends, family and community.
You care about nature and the great outdoors.
You care about Michigan.
And, yes, you care about your wallet.

We do, too.

So together, we do the simple, everyday things that addresses all these: reducing, reusing, recycling, and composting.

Thank you for recycling with us!

Your DPW Team

DPW Board

Dennis Keiser, Bear Creek Township Supervisor, Chair
William Dohm, Little Traverse Township Supervisor, Vice Chair

Arden Bawkey, Emmet County Drain Commissioner
Doug Fuller, Member at Large
Dave Bachelor, Emmet County Commissioner
Charlie MacInnis
, Emmet County Commissioner
Mark Hoffman, Emmet County Road Commission Appointee


2021 Note

We extend gratitude and condolences to the to the families of

  • long-time board member Jack Jones
  • board member Bert Notestine

who both passed this year.


DPW County Employees

Andi Tolzdorf, Director – 231-348-0640
Wendy Fought, Drop-off Center Superintendent (people, scheduling, dispatching and safety) – 231-526-2031 x6
Josh Brubacher, Operations Manager (fleet, facilities, equipment, shipping and receiving) – 231-526-2031 x7
Ashley Bur, Assistant to the Director – 231-348-0640
Kate Melby, Communications and Education Coordinator – 231-348-0640
Jayna Steffel, Administrative Secretary (accounts payable and receivable) – 231-348-0640
Lindsey Walker, Recycling Outreach (commercial curbside recycling, event recycling, markets) – 231-348-0648

DPW “Attendants” (They serve our customers, operate the waste transfer station and drive the recycling trucks)

Roger Duffiney
Harold Evans
Mark Freske
John Harrington
Nate Hopkins
Earl Marshall
Theo Marshall
Lauri Robinson
Russ Schwartz
Grady Smyley
Jon Zoerhof

Recycle Processing Team (They sort your recyclables, bale and store them, and then load them on to semis. The recyclables then go to factories where they are used to make new, everyday products.)

Kelsey Boda
Justin Clear
John Delis
Zack Elya
Eric Franklin
Adam Morey
Gary Moyer
Jaime Pethers
Paige Simard
Michael Williams
Molly Zoerhof





To have systems that make best practices for waste reduction, reuse, recycle, and disposal the northern Michigan way of life.


To provide opportunities and education for employees, residents, businesses, and neighboring communities to reduce waste, reuse, recycling and properly dispose of materials in order to preserve the natural beauty of our northern Michigan community.


Annual Report: The Whole Works

Our annual report to the Emmet County Board of Commissioners summarizes the biggest developments and highlights of the last year.  We call it The Whole Works 2020. For past Annual Reports, visit our History page.

2020 Annual Report of the Emmet County Department of Public Works, including Emmet County Recycling








Solid Waste Ordinance 11-04

Emmet County’s new Solid Waste Ordinance 11-04 replaces the previous 99-40 Solid Waste Ordinance.