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:

Tuesday:  3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Saturday:  8:00 am – 12:00 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.

Starting September 1st, 2020 the following changes will happen at the Powell Township Transfer Station. The way costs have been for the township can no longer be supported by the Powell Township Garbage Mileage. Please be patient and kind to our transfer station attendant and he will guide you towards the proper disposal process.

  1. No building materials will be accepted at Powell Township Transfer Station. They must be brought to the Marquette Solid Waste Landfill where it will be weighed. Residents must get permit from Powell Township Government Offices prior to unloading at Marquette Solid Waste -or- at Marquette Solid Waste. Base Fee is $68.00 (updated 07/2023). Further charges may occur. A credit could also happen.
  2. No Hazardous items are accepted at Powell Township Transfer station. Please see the Marquette Solid Waste Hazardous Schedule for the days available to accept these items.
  3. Large Items will be accepted at the Powell Township Transfer Station but there will be individual charges. Residents must come to the Powell Township Offices during normal business hours Monday and Thursdays; 9am to noon, to pay in advance for the Large Items Pass to give to the Transfer Attendant prior to unloading during Transfer Station Hours. The Table is attached.

Subject to change


Large Items Charges
Mattress-Twin  $           13.00
Mattress-Queen  $           13.00
Matress-King  $           13.00
Box Spring- Twin  $           13.00
Box Spring- Queen  $           13.00
Box Spring- King  $           13.00
Love Seat  $           10.00
Love Seat with Mattress Bed  $           20.00
Sofa  $           15.00
Sofa with Mattress bed  $           25.00
Lounge Chairs  $           10.00
Dining Chairs  $              5.00
Dresser (6 drawer)  $           10.00
Cabinets (2 door)  $           10.00
Sinks  $           10.00
Pianos  $           20.00
Animal Cages  $           10.00
Household Doors (no frame)  $              5.00
Household Patio Doors  $           20.00
Window (no frame)  $              5.00
Rug  $           10.00
Appliances (Do NOT accept Free-on)
Ovens/cookstoves  $           15.00
Microwave  $           10.00
Anything Metal goes to Metal bin and costs nothing
ex. Lawnmowers (Gas must be removed)

Household Hazardous Waste Collection

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).

For further information including 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.


Scrap Tire Collections

The Marquette County Solid Waste Management Authority (MCSWMA) has received a Scrap Tire Cleanup Grant from EGLE. All Marquette County residents are welcome to bring their scrap tires to the following collections. For any questions call the MCSWMA at (906) 249-4125.


·         Residents may bring in up to 10 tires at a time

·         Car and truck tires that are 22.5 inches in diameter or less are accepted

·         Tires on rims are accepted

·         Larger tires, tractor tires and tires on split rims are not accepted

·         Tires from businesses are not accepted (see below for more information on

           disposing of these types of tires)



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!

Battery Recycling Program

Marquette County Solid Waste Management Authority has asked that Battery Recycling Program be put in place after December 2020 issues that occurred from batteries being thrown in trash. 

Bins and cartons are available at the Powell Township Transfer Station for batteries to be properly stored and then to be recycled. Powell Township Residents are strongly encouraged to keep batteries listed in flyer to the side for this type of disposal. The Powell Township Transfer Station Attendant can help with any questions.



  • 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.
  • 2020.08.01 Large Items Charges
  • 2021.06.10 Battery Recycling