Updated Monday March 30 at 1:00 p.m.  This page will be updated as soon as possible if the status of any of these programs changes.


This page is the first place we are posting about any changes to our operations due to COVID-19 measures. Check back here for the most up-to-date and complete information about the status of our facilities and services.

We wish you good health and good spirits.

–The Emmet County Department of Public Works Team



Curbside Recycling SUSPENDED

  • Curbside recycling service is suspended the weeks of March 23 and March 30. We will reassess for the week of April 6 and post the status of curbside service here.
  • This applies to both residential and commercial customers.
  • Please hold on to your recyclables for later collection.



Collection of Mixed Containers for Recycling is SUSPENDED until further notice.
(including for example bottles, jugs, jars, tubs, trays, cartons, cups)

    • This applies to curbside collection, drop-off sites, and the Pleasantview Road Drop-off Center
    • Please rinse and hold your Mixed Containers
    • We will resume collection as soon as possible, but no date can be set at this time. Check back here for updates.

This is because of sorting issues: the layout of our Mixed Containers sorting line prevents six feet of social distancing for our personnel.

Medical waste is not recyclable

Medical waste is not reyclable, this includes gloves, masks, sharps, tubing, and containers exposed to blood or infected bodily fluids.



The Pleasantview Road Drop-off Center aka “The Transfer Station” is open its regular hours.

  • We encourage you to follow Governor Whitmer’s order to stay at home except to conduct essential business.
  • Please hold on to materials that can wait to be landfilled or recycled.
  • Our regular hours are 8-4 weekdays, and 8-3 Saturdays however, since things are unpredictable all over right now, we recommend that you check back here before making a trip to the facility.
  • Please stay at least six feet from all staff people.
  • Use a credit/debit card or a check rather than cash if possible.



Recycling Drop Sites are OPEN for recycling of Papers, Boxes and Bags.

  • Please follow Governor Whitmer’s order to stay home, except to conduct essential business.
  • Holding on to all of your recyclables at home as much as possible will also help Emmet County Recycling as we operate with the smallest crew possible.


Tissue-type papers NOT recyclable

AS ALWAYS Paper towels, tissues, and wipes are NOT RECYCLABLE. Click to learn more.


The County Building, where our Administrative Offices are located, is closed to the public and operating with the absolute minimum of staff until at least Monday, April 13. These measures will be reevaluated at that time.

The DPW/Emmet Recycling’s office staff will be working from home.  You can reach our administrative, accounting, communications, and outreach staff:

  • via email at recycle@emmetcounty.org
  • via Facebook @EmmetCountyRecycling.