Refuse, Recycling, and Yard Waste Services

Regular Refuse Service:

  • The City of Ludington, through Republic Services, provides curbside refuse (and recycling) pick-up each week, at no extra charge, as part of your regular City services. 
  • Your regular refuse (and recycling) pick-up day is based on the location of your residence. Please view the Refuse Map (PDF) to determine your regular pick-up day. 
  • Your refuse (and recycling) must be placed at the curb by 7:00 am on the day of your regularly scheduled pick-up (may also be placed out as early as 5:00 pm the night before). 
  • You are limited to three 33-gallon bags or containers of regular refuse each week. All items must be bagged in refuse containers.
  • You may use any refuse container you choose, however, it must contain no more than the amount listed above, must be bagged, and must not exceed 50 lbs for each bag.
  • All trash must be bagged, regardless of receptacle used. Republic Services will not service any un-bagged or loose trash due to health and safety concerns for their drivers.
  • A 96 gal Republic Services wheeled container with a lid can be rented for an annual rental fee of $36 per year by calling Republic Services directly at: 231-723-4850. (garbage must still be bagged in this refuse cart).

Curbside Recycling:

Important Notice

Effective July 1, 2019 curbside recycling in the City of Ludington will change  from Weekly collection to Monthly collection and require the use of a 96-gallon recycling cart.
Click Here for a Calendar showing the dates for Recycling 

  • Any residential home or commercial business that desires to have curbside recycling service must sign-up (subscribe) to receive a 96-gallon recycling cart annually. 
  • To order a recycling cart, please call DPW at 231-843-2873 or send your request to and include your name, address, phone number and email address. There is no extra cost to you to receive the recycling cart and curbside recycling is included in your City services. 
  • Republic Services has prepared a Question & Answer Sheet which includes the most commonly asked questions around recycling, collection and the new program.  
  • Recycling Collection will happen once per month on the third (3rd) full week of each month on the same day as your trash collection.
  • Click here to see the most recent Recyclable Information Flyer (PDF) - This flyer explains the most current curbside recycling services provided by Republic Services, including a list of acceptable and not acceptable recyclable items. Acceptable items list is subject to change by Republic Services without notice.
  • Unacceptable items placed in your cart could result in a “OOPS TAG” and the cart not being emptied until the non-acceptable items are removed. Any home that repeatedly has contamination in its cart may be subject to terminated or suspended of recycling services
  • Click here to learn Why Glass is No Longer Accepted in the City's curbside recycling program offered by Republic Services.  For more information regarding the Glass Recycling changes please contact Matt Biolette, Manager of Municipal Sales for Republic

Holiday Delays for Regular Refuse and Recycling Pick-up:

Refuse collection will be delayed 1 working day* due to the following holidays: 
  • New Years Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day
*Friday pick-ups will take place on Saturday for these holiday delays.

Bulk Item Program:

  • The Bulk Item Program (PDF)  allows some City residents to place up to two bulk items OR up to 6 additional bags of trash for free curbside pick-up on the first regular pick-up day of each month. Items in excess of these limitations will not be picked up unless they have a bulk item or extra trash sticker. (see below).
  • Bulk Item Program Restrictions apply. It is important that residents are aware of the Bulk Item Program acceptable and unacceptable items list. Property owners may face code enforcement junk fines unacceptable items or excessive trash left in the right-of-way. 
  • To determine if your residence is eligible for this service, please view this Bulk Item Program (PDF) flyer or contact Matt Biolette, Manager of Municipal Sales for Republic Services: 231-723-4850.
  • Additional fees apply for pick-up of Bulk items and extra trash on the remaining pick-up days (or in amounts exceeding the allowed Bulk Item Program Limit). Please purchase Bulk item stickers ($5.00 fee), Extra Trash stickers ($2.00 fee), Appliance stickers ($20.00 fee) and Freon Appliance stickers ($40 fee) at City Hall. Please note that additional fees apply for debit or credit card purchases. For additional sticker fee information Click here.

Yard Waste Program:

  • Yard Waste pick-up services are provided weekly (additional fees apply). 
  • Yard Waste will be picked up on Mondays at residences located North of Ludington Ave. and on Tuesdays for residences located South of Ludington Ave. Please be sure to have your yard waste containers/bags to the curb before 7am on your pick-up day or after 5pm the night before.
  • To set up weekly yard waste pick-up residents will need to purchase special, biodegradable yard waste bags ($2.00 per bag) or rent a seasonal yard waste cart ($65 per season). Purchase at City Hall, 400 S. Harrison. Please note that additional fees apply for debit or credit card purchases.
  • Yard cart rental must be renewed each season by purchasing a new yard service sticker. Yard carts without valid annual stickers will not be serviced. 
  • Overweight yard carts cannot be emptied - please do not overload your cart. Do not place rocks, soil, cement. or pet waste in your cart or yard waste bags. These items will not be picked up.
  • Yard Waste pick-up services begin April 1 and continue through the end of November (weather permitting).
  • Free Brush Pick-up can be requested by calling DPW at 231-843-2873Please do not call City Hall to request this service. Place brush in the right-of-way off street or alley. 

Additional Resources:

  • Refuse, Yard Waste and Recycling Programs (PDF) - This flyer provides information for basic refuse services, yard-waste program details and other additional City of Ludington services/fees that are available for residents.
  • Leaf Pick-up Services are provided curbside in the Fall (curbside pick-up is not available in the Spring). A leaf corral is also available for leaf drop off, (limited hours) Please visit the Leaf Pick-up page for more information.
  • Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day - Typically scheduled for the third Saturday in August annually, this program allows residents to dispose of unused, unwanted, outdated, household cleaners, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, electronics, batteries, and more! Drop off located at the Mason County Road Commission, 510 E. State St., Scottville, MI 49454. For more information please contact: Mason-Lake - 231-757-3707, ext. 5 
  • Dumpsters and 90 Gallon refuse cans are available for rent directly from Republic Services by calling 231-723-4850.
  • For issues with any of the above services please contact DPW at 231-843-2873 or contact Matt Biolette, Manager of Municipal Sales for Republic Services: 231-723-4850.

Please contact the Department of Public Works for more information at 231-843-2873. 
Please do not call City Hall for questions or concerns regarding these City services.