Transfer Station

For more information on Powell Township Transfer Station passes, please contact the Zoning Administrator at the Powell Township Government offices during regular business hours. Must have parcel number ready and proof of ownership if new to the community.

Powell Township Transfer Station Hours:

Winter Hours effective October 17th Tuesdays 3pm-6pm and Saturdays 9am-noon.

Summer Hours effective June 1st Tuesdays 3pm-7pm and Saturdays 8am-noon.

What CAN be recycled: Paper, Food containers, aluminum, steel, tins cans. Plastics #1 -#7. Rinse food containers; break down all large items; no trash, food items or hazardous waste in recycling containers. Do not put them in plastic bags.

What CAN NOT be recycled: Glass bottles and jars. Auto/Mirror or tinted glass, blueprints, overhead transparencies, carbon paper, carpeting, clothing, hazardous waste, diapers, foil containers, alcohol wipes, light bulbs, pet soiled papers, photo paper, pyres/heat resistant ovenware, rubber materials, latex, self-adhesive labels, Styrofoam products, wax coated products.

2020 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Schedule

Marquette County Solid Waste Management Authority collections are held May through October only. There are no collections during the winter months. All sites are open to any Marquette County resident with only Household Hazardous Waste. The collections are held at one of the two following locations:

The City of Marquette Rubbish/Compost Site is located at the intersection of McClellan Ave and Pioneer Rd.

The West End Transfer Station is located in West Ishpeming ( The north side of US 41 west of Ishpeming just west of the DNR field station).

2020 Hazardous Waste Collection Schedule *This Schedule is due to changes with current going on’s see for up to date schedule or changes

For a list of acceptable materials or more information concerning hazardous waste disposal visit Marquette Solid Waste Authority website at or contact us at (906) 249-4125.



  • 2019.10.17 No glass is permitted in recycling. 
  • 2020.03.24 Powell Township is responding to the Coronavirus-19 pandemic with a number of precautions as recommended by federal and state officials to help prevent the spread of the virus and protect our employees and residents. At this time the Sanitation attendant will only be taking garbage out of the vehicles of those who request assistance. If you are able please remove your own garbage from your vehicle.
  • 2020.04.20 Boxes being brought to the transfer station must be broken down.


Let’s Get Recycling!

What is single-stream recycling?

Our current recycling system processes cardboard/paper recycling and metal and plastic containers on alternating weeks. This is called dual-stream recycling. Single-stream or mixed recycling allows residents to put paper, flattened cardboard, plastic, and metal containers in one container for weekly collection.

How does this work?

Marquette County Solid Waste Management Authority (MCSWMA) operates a material recovery facility or MRF. This facility uses technology and people to sort these materials into clean recycling. MCSWMA is making investments to upgrade the MRF to handle both paper items and containers at the same time.

This investment also makes it easier to recycle

What will we be able to recycle?

  • Flattened cardboard
  • Paper and empty paper boxes (can’t be stained by food)
  • Magazines
  • Newspaper
  • Empty Plastic bottles & beverage or soap containers
  • Empty Metal food and beverage cans  (don’t forget to rinse out)

Not only is this a way to save the environment and save space in the landfill, Powell Township Residents save tax money in Landfill Fees!