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Bulk Items

Residents can place ONE bulk item or two kitchen-size (13gal) trash bags on the curb to be picked up on their regular trash day.

Please remember that building materials, automotive parts, appliances, scattered refuse, and hazardous materials are not picked up at curbside.

Carpet must be rolled, taped, or tied, and cut up into 3 ft. long sections that are no larger than 8 inches in diameter. Limit 2

If you have more than one item and can’t wait for the next week – you can make an appointment to take the items to our Bay City Recycles Drop-Off Center. Visit our Trash page for more detailed information.

Thank you for helping keep our community clean!

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Bay City Guidelines Back Page REV 2020
Bay City Guidelines  Front Page REV 2020

Recycling in Bay City

Who Can Recycle?
  • Curbside recycling collection is available to all utility customers in the City of Bay City.
What Can Be Recycled?
  • Items such as glass food/beverage bottles and jars; plastic bottles and containers; steel and aluminum cans; paper drink cartons; cardboard and boxboard; newspaper, magazines, junk mail and more. Check out the recycling guidelines for more information.
How Do I Recycle?
  • Place all acceptable recyclable items into a single recycling container and set out each week on your regular collection day. 
  • 18-gallon recycling bins are available from the Sanitation Department at City Hall, 301 Washington Ave, Suite 413.
  • For additional or replacement City recycling bins, new online payments now available here! Recycling bin will be dropped off on next service day. 
  • Non-issued, personal containers may also be used for recycling, as long as they are 32 gal or smaller and labeled appropriately. Please note that we are not responsible for personal containers and lids that are lost or damaged. 
What Happens to the Recyclables after they are Collected?
  • The recyclables collected from Bay City are delivered to a transfer station in Saginaw where they are combined with recyclables from other communities. From there, they are sent to a Republic Services Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) in Southfield and/or New Boston. At the MRF, the recyclables are sorted and separated into different material types, baled and shipped to a variety of places within Michigan, the U.S., North America and abroad to be made back into new products. 
Know It Before You Throw It


This flier provides information about a new pilot program open to City of Bay City residents.  This program is being run by Iris Waste Diversion Specialists in partnership with the City of Bay City Recycles.  For questions regarding this program, please contact Iris Waste Diversion Specialists directly at [email protected] or 855-2GO-ZERO (855-246-9376).

Visit the Iris Waste Diversion Specialists website at

Bay City Food Scrap Pilot Info Flyer UPDATED_00_00

Bay City Food Scrap Pilot Info Flyer UPDATED_01_00