Rubbish and Garbage Collection

CHANGE TO YARD WASTE COLLECTION: “In order for Waste Management to maintain its focus on municipal solid waste collection and disposal, and due to the reduced number of employees in the field, effective Wednesday, April 1, 2020, Waste Management is temporarily suspending the performance of the following services, which are non-essential during this period of emergency:
• Bulk Collection – furniture, carpet, mattresses, appliances, etc.
• Spring and bulk clean-ups
• Yard Waste Collection – grass clippings, brush, tree limbs, etc.”


The City’s rubbish contractor is Waste Management.  For customer service regarding service inquiries, missed pick ups or general information please call  866-797-9018 or email

Payment for rubbish collection is included on your water bill, marked R&G.

CLICK HERE for details regarding the changes to Water and Rubbish/Garbage rates effective as of October 1, 2017.


Waste Management’s seasonal service of collecting Yard Waste always runs on or following April 1st to the last service day on or prior to November 30 of each year.


EFFECTIVE THE WEEK OF JULY 11, 2016-      Waste, recycling & compost collection services for the entire City of St. Clair will be serviced on THURSDAYS

This is a permanent change. *Applicable holiday scheduling will still apply.

View a copy of the mailer from Waste Management: Mailer


Trash must be placed at the curb by 7:00 am in a trash can or plastic bag in order to assure pick-up.  When a specified holiday occurs during the week, pick-up is delayed one day. The holidays observed by Waste Management are New Years Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day.

Recycling – Disposal of recyclables is part of your regular trash pickup.  One bin is provided for each household at no charge and may be picked up at City Hall (please call to check availability).  Bins must be placed at the curb by 7:00 a.m. on your regular collection day to assure pickup.  For a list of materials that can be placed in the recycle bin, click here.  Did you know that your out-of-date Yellowbook is recyclable?

Yard Waste – Grass, weeds, vegetation, small branches/twigs, etc. cannot be placed in your regular trash container.  Yard waste must be placed in a specified paper bag available at grocery or hardware stores or in a receptacle marked with a yard waste sticker available at City Hall or with an “X”.  Yard waste placed in plastics bags cannot be collected and will be left.

Large Items – Large items such as furniture or kitchen appliances can be placed at the curb and will be collected, usually on your regular trash day.  There is no additional charge for large item pick-up.  We ask that you call Waste Management at 800-796-9696 to let them know you have a large item out, because they may have to send a special truck for the pick-up.

Prohibited Items – Waste Management does not accept hazardous waste or materials such as oil paint cans, motor oil, tires, propane tanks, automotive parts or construction materials.