Refuse Collection

The Refuse Section was privatized in 1996 to allow the pickup and disposal of trash, yard waste and recycling on a weekly basis at a cost savings to the city. A fall leaf pickup program is performed under the same contract. Each year approximately 8,000 cubic yards of leaves are removed and composted. Oversight of the private contract is the responsibility of the Transportation Supervisor.

On July 1, 2018, Emterra began their contract to pick up refuse for the City of Port Huron.

See the “Four Day Collection District Map” for more details.

The City’s contractor will remove properly packaged residential refuse and recycling materials from the curb on Monday thru Thursday of each week. Large bulky items and yard waste will be collected on the same day that refuse is collected. Refuse containers may not exceed 35 gallons and may not weigh more that 50#'s.


The following holidays are observed: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day.

Pickup normally scheduled on observance day of the holiday will be pushed back to the next regular work day with the remaining pickups that week also pushed back one day. As an example: a Monday holiday will result in normal Tuesday pick-up being pushed back to Wednesday of that week. 

Bulky Items:

Bulky items such as stoves, washers, refrigerators and furniture will now be collected on your regular collection day. Place the items at the curb with your refuse. Refrigerators need not have the freon removed, but are required to have all doors removed before setting on the boulevard for pickup, Emterra will provide the removal service.

Mattress and Box Springs must be wrapped in plastic and taped or they will not be picked up.


Emterra provides Recycling Collection Services to the residents of the City of Port Huron. The service is governed by a multi-year contract.

Recycling collection takes place every other week on the same day as the refuse collection.  The service provides for the recycling of paper, metal, plastic, and glass. Click here for details and map.

Place recycling bin on boulevard with a three (3) foot separation from refuse and yard waste.

Recycling bins may be picked up from the 3rd floor of the MOC building, or the 1st floor in the City Clerk's Office.

Please refer to the complete rules and regulations for solid waste and/or rules and regulations for recycling for a detailed list of acceptable materials; or call the Department of Public Works at 810-984-9730 for more information.


Any material that is not collected will be tagged explaining why it was not picked up.

Pickup Times:

Place properly prepared trash, recyclables and compost material to the curb on your pick-up day before 7:00 a.m. You may place these materials to the curb as early as 4:00 p.m. on the day before your scheduled pick-up.

Emterra provides all solid waste services including refuse collection, yard waste and recycling services.  Large brush & branch removal is provided by the Parks & Forestry Division.  You may call them at 810-984-9709.

If you have any questions about what materials are collected, set-out procedures or any other concerns, please contact Emterra at 877-609-6753. If afterwards you need additional assistance, call the City's Department of Public Works at 810-984-9730.

Yard Waste Pickup
Beginning the first full week of April, through the week of Dember 9th, on your regular trash pickup day,  the City of Port Huron, through it's contractor, will again begin picking up residential yard waste material for delivery to a compost site.

Regular Pickup Day:

Place yard waste at the curb before 7:00 a.m. on your regular collection day, a few feet from your regular garbage.

Materials Collected:
Yard waste materials that will be picked up include leaves, grass and garden debris. Also included is shrubbery, brush and tree trimmings less than four (4) feet in length and two (2) inches in diameter.

Yard waste will be accepted when placed at the curb in the following manner:

  1. Any combination of up to 15, 35-gallon containers or bundles as listed below:
    1. Carts, cans or baskets clearly marked with a large "X" at least one (1) foot high on the Side of the container by using masking tape, duct tape or paint, or
    2. Large brown paper compost bags may be used for yard waste and do not need special markings. These bags can be purchased at large retail stores, lawn and garden supply stores and hardware stores, or
    3. Shrubbery, brush or branches: Must be bundled in lengths of no more than four (4) feet.
  2. Containers and bundles cannot exceed fifty (50) lbs. in weight.
Yard waste will not be accepted in plastic bags, grocery bags, cardboard boxes or other unapproved containers.

Yard waste pickup will end for the season on your regular trash pickup date, the week of December 9th. Please mark your calendar now as a reminder.

The regular fall leaf pickup program will begin in late-October through November per a schedule you will receive in the mail. Click here for a copy of the brochure. Any questions regarding acceptable materials or set out procedures may be directed to Emterra offices at 877-609-6753 or for further assistance, the City's Department of Public Works at 810-984-9730 or