Curbside Recycling is on a Roll!Containers with blue band and words

Emmet County households with curbside service now have 64-gallon rolling carts for recycling paper, boxes and bags (including plastic bags!).

But hold on to your totes:  you’ll continue to recycle Mixed Containers in your tote(s).

So, if you have already been recycling with us, think:

Same Materials
Same Sorting
Same Day
More Space!

What makes it even better?  The cart is provided at no additional cost to you and you’ll be able to recycle three times more than ever before.
More recycling means more jobs for Michigan, a cleaner environment, and more savings on your garbage bill. That’s a triple win!


Didn’t receive a cart?*  Need totes to go with your cart? Contact us at or 348-0640.
 *The carts are provided to qualifying households and multi-family buildings.  This includes all in Resort Township. Bear Creek Township, Harbor Springs, Little Traverse Township, and Petoskey also provide curbside recycling but service to multi-family buildings varies.  Please call for more information.


Recycling with your cart

Hold onto your tote(s):  tote tips today!

What about cardboard?

No additional cost to you!

Country carts will take a spring break

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Recycling with your new rolling cart

A ledge on the top of the cart makes it easy to roll out your cart and tote together.

A ledge on the top of the cart makes it easy to roll out your cart and tote together.

Your new cart is for recycling
Paper, Boxes and Bags ONLY.

~As always, for reliable service you must set your
recyclables out by 7:00 am.
~You don’t have to set your cart out every week if
it isn’t full.

~Set your cart and tote out at the curb in a spot free
of low hanging branches, wires, etc. for at least 20 feet overhead.
~We recommend that you write your address on the
lid of your cart and the body of your tote(s) in
permanent marker.

~Please bag your plastic bags. This prevents them blowing away while being tipped into the truck and makes pulling them from the paper more efficient for our sorting crew.
~Please also bag shredded paper in a plastic grocery bag or other see-through bag.
~All material must fit in the cart loosely with the lid fully closed.

To learn more about why Emmet County asks you to sort your recyclables into two groups (“dual-stream”) visit and search “dual-stream.”


Hold Onto Your Tote(s): Tote Tips TodayContainers with blue band and words

Continue to recycle your Mixed Containers in your tote(s).


Extra Tote Essential Rural Spring Break Gear

If you live in Bear Creek, Little Traverse, or
Resort township keep an extra tote for recycling Paper, Boxes and Bags during your cart’s annual spring break.  See article at bottom of the page, “Country Carts Take a Spring Break.”


Lids for Totes

Lids for the four-handled “Emmet County Recycling” green totes are available FREE while current supplies last, thanks to a generous grant from the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation. You can pick them up at either

Emmet County Recycling (Department of Public Works) Administrative Offices
In the County Building at 200 Division Street, Suite G-76, Petoskey
Hours: weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Closed weekends and major holidays

The Pleasantview Road Drop-off Center
7363 Pleasantview Road, Harbor Springs
Hours: weekdays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Closed Sundays and major holidays


Too Many Totes?

Do you have extra totes? We’ll use them!
At your convenience, you can drop them off at either:

Emmet County Recycling (Department of Public Works) Administrative Offices
In the County Building at 200 Division Street, Suite G-76, Petoskey
Hours: weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Closed weekends and major holidays

The Pleasantview Road Drop-off Center
7363 Pleasantview Road, Harbor Springs
Hours: weekdays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Closed Sundays and major holidays


What About Cardboard?

Your new cart will allow you to easily recycle much more
cardboard at the curb! For reliable and efficient collection,
please follow these guidelines:
~ Always flatten your boxes.
~ Cut large boxes down to pieces not greater than 2 ft by 2 ft
~ Don’t just fold large boxes to fit in the cart. Folded boxes
reopen and clog the truck’s hopper.
~ If you have cardboard that does not fit in your cart:
•    DO NOT set cardboard at the curb outside your cart.
•    Please take it to a recycling Drop Site.
The following sites have bins equipped with larger openings for over-size cardboard: Alanson, Bear Creek Crossings, D&W Plaza, Harbor Springs IGA, Petoskey News-Review,
the Pleasantview Road Drop-off Center, and Toski-Sands.


Funding: No additional cost to you!

There is no additional charge to you for curbside recycling service or for this cart. Your township or city covers the cost of the service (no taxes were raised to pay for this service). The participating curbside townships and municipalities and the following organizations, foundations and corporations all helped pay for the carts:

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Community Pollution Prevention Grant Program

The Recycling Partnership
a 501(c)3 non-profit organization connecting public-private partnerships for stronger recycling.

The Frey Foundation
The Frey Foundation, based in Grand Rapids, is one of Michigan’s larger family foundations committed to making a difference in the lives of individuals, families, organizations and communities. Grants are provided to non-profit organizations primarily in West and Northern Michigan for projects to enhance child development, protect natural resources, promote the arts, and expand philanthropic and civic action. We invite you to learn more about the Foundation and its history by visiting our website at

The Emmet County Department of Public Works (Emmet County Recycling)

Emmet County’s curbside townships and municipalities:

  • Bear Creek Township
  • Little Traverse Township
  • Resort Township
  • Harbor Springs
  • Petoskey

TABB Packaging Solutions, LLC
The manufacturers who buy your plastic bottles, jugs and jars for recycling into new bottles and jugs.

TABB Packaging Solutions, LLC is a certified woman-owned business through the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council and recently won the 2015 Women Business Enterprise of the Year – Great Lakes Region.  TABB supports local communities, such as Emmet County, by purchasing recycled plastics to be used in a closed loop bottle-to-bottle manufacturing process recycling HDPE and PET bottles into finished Post-Consumer Resin (PCR) material that is put back in bottles, at a usage rate of up to 100%.

TABB Packaging’s sustainable solutions coupled with the woman-owned advantage allow them to deliver superior packaging to brand customers and bottle converters.  TABB also supports education of recycling and donated large scale – “Bottle to Bottle” artwork displays to Michigan State University’s new Recycling Center in 2011, as well as continues to provide posters to local communities’ education centers that depict the life cycle of a bottle.

TABB is proud to partner with  Emmet County  to promote collection of valuable materials for a more sustainable future for Michigan

Emmet County

The Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation
–about making good things happen to make our community great.  For Good. For Ever. For Everyone.

Petoskey Plastics
innovator in manufacturing blown plastic film and bags that are engineered for performance.

The Baiardi Family Foundation, Inc.

The manufacturers who buy your steel cans from Emmet County Recycling. Located in East Jordan, they design, manufacture and distribute manhole covers and gratings for water, sewer, drainage, telecommunications and utility networks.

Circuit Controls Corporation, a division of Yazaki Group,
located in Petoskey, specializes in the sales and research & development of automotive wiring harness, instrument cluster, and related components. Circuit Controls Corporation is a Zero Waste company.


Country Carts Will Take A Spring Break!spring-break-cart

In Little Traverse, Resort and Bear Creek Townships

Each spring in the north, as the ground thaws, county road commissions restrict the weight of vehicles allowed on most county roads for a few weeks to prevent damage to the pavement. This is often called having “frost laws in effect.”

During this time, Emmet County’s standard curbside recycling trucks are limited to traveling a few major roads, so we collect your recyclables using a pick-up truck and trailer. This means we will not be able to empty carts during frost laws, so you will need to let your cart take a spring break. Please:

  • Keep an extra tote to use to recycle Paper, Boxes and Bags during the frost laws period each year.
  • Set your Paper, Boxes and Bags out in a tote during frost laws each year. We will let everyone know when frost laws are about to take effect.
  • Be kind to your driver: Do not hold on to your Paper, Boxes and Bags during frost laws then set them all out when the weight limits are lifted.

City Carts Just Work, Work, Work!
Petoskey and Harbor Springs do not exclude our big trucks from their roads during frost laws, so if you live within the city limits you may continue to use your cart all year. No spring break for city carts—just work, work, work!