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Brush Chipping
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The City will provide brush chipping on the first and third Monday of each month beginning in April 1 through November 18. Tree limbs and large brush should be placed along curb-lawn at residence and separated from other materials for collection. Brush piles must not exceed two cubic yards.

Please Note: Tree limbs and brush will not be accepted at the City's Public Works Facility, located on Sheridan Street. Drop-off is available at the Emmet County Recycling Center. Please contact them at 231-348-0640 or visit their website at
Electricity Service
Through the Michigan Public Power Agency, a consortium of 18 of the State's 41 cities and villages that own and operate electric utilities, the City in 2016 purchased 106,983,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity for $6,694,968 and received $11,167,900 in revenues from its resale.  Operating and capital expenses in 2016 totaled $12,349,256.  The City serves about 5,606 electric customers and owns entitlements to portions of power-generating plants near Kalkaska, West Olive, Saint Claire in Michigan and Fremont in Ohio.  The City owns two substations and approximately 75 miles of a complete distribution system, including facilities at the adjacent Bay View Association grounds and elsewhere outside the City, more than half of which has been installed underground.

Leaf Pick-Up

Leaves - Compressed

Leaf Pick-Up Concluded

Final Leaf Pick-up concluded Tuesday, November 21, 2023.

Leaves can be dropped off at the City’s yard waste facility located across from the DPW Building at 110 West Sheridan Street.

Please call 231-347-2500 if you have any questions.
Refuse & Recycling & Compost
Curbside collection of recyclables is available to all Petoskey residents at no direct cost.recycingtotes

If you live in Petoskey, but don’t have a tote or cart, call Emmet County DPW at 231-348-0640.  The County will deliver one to you  in 7-10 business days.  For a low annual fee, businesses in these communities can also use the service.
Drop-Off Center

The Emmet County Drop-Off Center accepts:

  • garbage (for transfer to a landfill)
  • yard waste (to be composted),
  • your day-to-day paper, cardboard and
  • containers to be recycled, and more unusual materials to be recycled: tires, construction and demolition materials, TVs, and hazardous waste.
DoC location webOpen weekdays 8:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M. and Saturday's 8:00 A.M.-3:00 P.M.  except major holidays.
7363 Pleasantview Harbor Springs
Recycling Drop Sites
Drop sites are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Click here for a map of locations.
D&W: In the D&W Plaza, at the west end near the coin laundry.
Compost Information
Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council and Emmet County Recycling are teaming up to protect Northern Michigan waters. Click here for more information on composting.

Garbage Disposal
Three garbage collection companies serve residents of the City of Petoskey. Contact them directly for full information and to set up your weekly garbage disposal service.

Alternately, for just $3.00 per bag (30 gallon), you can drop off your garbage at the Waste Transfer Station at the Emmet County Drop-Off Center.
Rubbish Collection
                                                                                           2024 Residential Rubbish Collection Program

The City's Weekly Residential Rubbish-Collection Program will consist of a spring and fall collection period. Spring collection will be for a period of two weeks which will occur the last two weeks in May. Fall collection will be for a period of two weeks in late August and early September. This four-week-long program will provide collection services to City residents located West of Howard Street on Tuesdays and to residents East of Howard Street on Wednesdays.

Weekly, residential, rubbish-drop-off-program services again will be provided by the City of Petoskey Department of Public Works crews within the Bay Harbor portion of the City. This four-weekend-long program will provide rubbish drop-off services during a two weekend period in the spring and a two weekend period in the fall. Drop off sites will be available at the southeast and southwest ends of Bay Harbor.

Click here for complete details!
Water & Sewer Services
The City owns and operates seven drinking-water-production wells that range in depths from 260 to 560 feet, each with a pumping capacity of approximately 1,000 gallons per minute.  Three reservoirs store a total of 1,700,000 gallons of water.  The Department of Public Works maintains approximately 80 miles of water-transmission and water-distribution pipelines.  In 2016, 636,089,500 gallons of water were produced for 3,311 customers, some of whom were in Bear Creek and Resort Townships.  Water-utility costs for 2017 have been budgeted at $2,520,400, with revenues estimated at $2,895,200.

From a network of approximately 50 miles of collection pipelines, which also includes 24 lift-pump stations, the Department of Public Works treated 404,982,000 gallons of wastewater in 2016 at a certified secondary-stage reclamation plant that has a design of 2,500,000 gallons per day.  The Department treats wastewater for 3,079 customers within and near the City and is the treatment contractor for the neighboring Springvale-Bear Creek Sewage Disposal Authority that has 500 customers. Sewer-system costs, budgeted at $2,895,200 for 2017, would be offset by $2,942,500 in revenues.  Treated wastewater from the City's reclamation plant is discharged into Lake Michigan, and treated stabilized biosolids are land applied on area farm fields as fertilizer.

Yard Waste
2024 Small Yard Waste PickupYard Waste Pickup

The City will begin collecting small yard wastes (materials raked from yards, flowers, shrub clippings, etc.) each Thursday, from April 4 through May 30.

Please do not place small yard wastes loosely along streets or curb-and-gutter lines as they could be washed into storm sewers. Instead, place them in open, reusable containers that weigh less than 50 pounds. Such containers will be left behind by collectors. 

Please have yard waste placed within curb-lawn areas of rights-of-way no later than 8:00 A.M. on the day of collection. Grass clippings will not be picked up by collectors but can be delivered along with other small yard waste to the south side of Sheridan Street, directly across from the City's Public Works facility.

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