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Staff
Michael Kuss
Superintendent
mkuss@mcsan.org

Connie Adams, Jr.
Refuse Inspector
cleanup@emichigancity.com

Refuse Department
1801 Kentucky Street
Michigan City, Indiana 46360
voice: (219) 874-7799
fax: (219) 874-8053

Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday
7:00a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

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Are You In Violation of Recently Updated City Trash Regulations, Modified To Accommodate The New Trash Toters?

Think about the manner in which you place your weekly trash out. Are you complying with city trash regulations? Did you know the regulations changed recently to accommodate the new city-issued trash collection toters? If you are in doubt about exactly what city regulations cover concerning trash containers and removal of building debris, you can review them online.

Click here for the updated City Regulations.

Click here for the city regulation on “Removal of building debris, tree limbs and metal materials”.

Click here for the city regulation on "Recyclable material".

Take a look at the photos below to help you identify compliance and non-compliance with Michigan City trash regulations.


New Refuse Collection System

The new City-issued trash collection container located near a collection truck.
The new City issued trash collection container. The proper way to push  a filled trash container.
The new City-issued trash collection container located near a collection truck. The new City issued trash collection container. The proper way to push a filled trash container.
City waste collection trucks have been retrofitted with rear assisters to aid collection personnel in trash collection. Upon placement, full trash containers are lifted, emptied, and safely returned to the road. This photo shows how the new trash containers are positioned for lifting by the rear assisters.
This photo shows how the truck's rear assisters lift and dump the container's contents into the truck.
City waste collection trucks have been retrofitted with rear assisters to aid collection personnel in trash collection. Upon placement, full trash containers are lifted, emptied, and safely returned to the road. This photo shows how the new trash containers are positioned for lifting by the rear assisters. This photo shows how the truck’s rear assisters lift and dump the container's contents into the truck.

Proper Trash Containers

The new City-issued trash collection container, located near a collection truck.
The new City issued trash collection container.  
The new City-issued trash collection container, located near a collection truck. The new City issued trash collection container.  

The Improper Way To Place Trash For Collection - Trash Violations
All trash collection violators will receive a letter from the Refuse Department explaining the violation, as well as the corrective action to take.

Refuse bags must be placed in City-provided trash containers – not separate from the containers. This photo shows a violation because no containers were used. Only City-issued trash containers may be used for trash collection. This is a violation because no City-issued trash containers have been used. If you wish to dispose of old trash cans you no longer need, simply write “TAKE ME” on the cans and they will be taken along with your trash. All trash must be placed within City-issued trash containers only – NO loose trash or trash bags should be placed next to or on the containers. If you routinely have too much trash for one container, please contact the Refuse Department to request additional containers.
Refuse bags must be placed in City-provided trash containers – not separate from the containers. This photo shows a violation because no containers were used. Only City-issued trash containers may be used for trash collection. This is a violation because no City-issued trash containers have been used. If you wish to dispose of old trash cans you no longer need, simply write “TAKE ME” on the cans and they will be taken along with your trash. All trash must be placed within City-issued trash containers only – NO loose trash or trash bags should be placed next to or on the containers. If you routinely have too much trash for one container, please contact the Refuse Department to request additional containers.
All trash must be placed within City-issued trash containers only – NO loose trash or trash bags should be placed next to or on the containers. If you routinely have too much trash for one container, please contact the Refuse Department to request additional containers. For large or special pickups, please call the Refuse Department to arrange a special collection. Do not set these items out with your normal trash or with your City-issued trash container. This photo shows a violation for routine trash collection.  
All trash must be placed within City-issued trash containers only – NO loose trash or trash bags should be placed next to or on the containers. If you routinely have too much trash for one container, please contact the Refuse Department to request additional containers. For large or special pickups, please call the Refuse Department to arrange a special collection. Do not set these items out with your normal trash or with your City-issued trash container. This photo shows a violation for routine trash collection.  

Improper Trash Containers

The warning label indicates the Refuse Department has tagged these containers as being non-compliant. For city trash collection, this 96-gallon container is non-compliant. The warning label indicates the Refuse Department has tagged this container as being non-compliant.
The warning label indicates the Refuse Department has tagged these containers as being non-compliant. For city trash collection, this 96-gallon container is non-compliant. The warning label indicates the Refuse Department has tagged this container as being non-compliant.
No matter the color, a 96-gallon trash container is not in compliance with city trash regulations.    
No matter the color, a 96-gallon trash container is not in compliance with city trash regulations.    

Removal of Wooden Trash Can Holders
The Refuse Department requests any residents that still have the wooden trash can holders and would like to have them removed to please call the UEA Office at (219) 873-2300 and they will remove them.

Proper Placement Of Building Debris

Utilizing a dumpster for collection of building debris is the CORRECT way.
Utilizing a dumpster for collection of building debris is the CORRECT way.

Improper Placement Of Building Debris

Stacking building debris in an alley violates city regulations. The Refuse Department will not normally collect building debris as part of weekly pickup. Stacking of building debris creates a safety hazard, as well as a potential bug and rodent haven.
Stacking building debris in an alley violates city regulations. The Refuse Department will not normally collect building debris as part of weekly pickup. Stacking of building debris creates a safety hazard, as well as a potential bug and rodent haven.
Building debris violations apply to any season. Even neatly stacked along the road, building debris is a hazard, an eyesore and violates city regulations.  
Building debris violations apply to any season. Even neatly stacked along the road, building debris is a hazard, an eyesore and violates city regulations.  

For additional information on city trash regulations, proper trash containers, collection procedures or building debris removal, please contact the Refuse Inspector via e-mail at cleanup@emichigancity.com or via phone at (219) 874-7799.

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