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Waste Transfer to Landfill

Drop off Garbage at the Pleasantview Drop-off Center

drop-off-centerThe Emmet County solid waste Transfer Station is a central place to take garbage to be loaded into semis for the trip to the landfill. Garbage from the Transfer Station is buried at GFL’s landfill in Presque Isle County.

7363 Pleasantview Road
Harbor Springs

Hours and Holidays

  • 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays
  • 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays

We are closed Sundays and the following holidays:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

What We Can Take

Day-to-day or downright weird, you can probably throw it away at the Transfer Station. Just for fun, here are some examples:

  • a burn barrel
  • a giant, stuffed, toy gorilla
  • a wornout sofa
  • the junk pile from a remodeling project
  • a fiberglass boat
  • a bag of garbage
  • there are a few exceptions…


  • Yard Waste – Yard waste less than 4 feet in length and 2 inches in diameter is banned from Michigan landfills. For information on our compost drop-off or composting it at home, see our Composting page.
  • Tires – Whole tires are banned from Michigan landfills. We accept tires for recycling. See our Tires page.
  • Medical waste from clinics and businesses – Call McLaren Northern Michigan for information on disposing of sharps from home use. Their number is 231-487-4000.
  • Liquids
  • Hazardous materials – See our Household Chemical Drop-off page for information on disposing of chemicals from your home or business.


(subject to change without notice; not a complete list):

Final fees are determined by the gatehouse attendant when they can see your load.
Category Fee
Garbage, bagged $3.00/30 gl bag
Garbage, loose $17.00/cubic yard
Garbage, minimum fee $3.00
Mechanically compacted and tipped $29.00/cubic yard plus $1.82/cubic yard fuel surcharge
Garbage, non-compactable (If you can’t squish it with your hands, it is non-compactable. For example furniture, carpet, rugs, fiberglass.) $30.00/cubic yard plus $1.82/cubic yard fuel surcharge
Construction Scraps (If you can’t squish it with your hands, it is non-compactable. For example plywood, drywall, finished wood, tile trimmings) $30.00/cubic yard plus $1.82/cubic yard fuel surcharge
Demolition Debris $30.00/cubic yard plus $1.82/cubic yard fuel surcharge
Furniture, Carpet & Rugs
Item Fee
Furniture, Carpet, Rugs $30.00/cubic yard plus $1.82/cubic yard fuel surcharge
Non-Upholstered or Non-Recliner Type Chair $5.00
Large Chair $21.00*
Love Seat/Sofa $36.00*
Sectional $50+ (To be Determined by Gatehouse Attendant)
Sleeper Sofa $41.00*

If your furnishings are worn but serviceable (think “first apartment” or “hunting camp”), we suggest reusing them by

  • selling them via the classified ads or Craig’s List or
  • donating them one of the many local charity resale shops
  • giving them away to a friend or neighbor.

However, we understand that sometimes furniture is beyond salvaging.

To discourage illegal dumping, the Emmet County DPW subsidizes disposal of worn-out upholstered furniture from Emmet County households. The DPW’s actual costs to handle, haul, and landfill these items are roughly as follows: Large chair $37, Sofa $60, Sleeper Sofa $75. If you are coming from a household in another County, plan to pay $32 a cubic yard.

Garbage Collection and Dumpster Services

Emmet County households and businesses subscribe directly with private waste haulers for garbage collection service. Three haulers provide these services at this time. All of them offer residential rolling cart and bargain bag services as well as dumpsters. The haulers’ bargain bags–with the cost of collection service included in their price–are sold at many local grocery, discount and convenience stores. Ask about bags at the register.

Little Traverse Disposal

(Harbor Springs-based)

GFL (formerly American Waste)

(Vaughan, Ontario Canada-based)
Services limited north of Harbor Springs and Alanson (updated 2021)

Waste Management, Inc.

Services limited north of Harbor Springs and Alanson (updated 2021)