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Waste Transfer to Landfill

Drop Off Garbage at the Pleasantview Road Drop-off Center

The Emmet County solid waste Transfer Station is a central place to take garbage to be loaded into semis for the trip to the landfill. Garbage from the Transfer Station is buried at GFL’s landfill in just south of Onaway in Presque Isle County.


7363 S. Pleasantview Road
east of Harbor Springs in Little Traverse Township
Information: 231-348-0640 weekdays 8:00-4:00

Hours and Holidays

  • 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays
  • 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays
We are closed Sundays and the following holidays:
  • New Year’s Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

What We Can Take

Day-to-day or downright weird, you can probably throw it away at the Transfer Station. Just for fun, here are some examples:

  • a burn barrel
  • a giant, stuffed toy gorilla
  • a worn out sofa
  • the junk pile from a remodeling project
  • a fiberglass boat
  • a bag of garbage

there are a few exceptions…


Yard Waste – Yard waste less than 4 feet in length and 2 inches in diameter is banned from Michigan landfills. For information on our yard-waste drop off area or composting it at home, see our Compost & Co pages.

Tires – Whole tires are banned from Michigan landfills. We accept tires for recycling. See our Tires page.

Medical waste from clinics and businesses – Call McLaren Northern Michigan for information on disposing of sharps from home use. Their number is 231-487-4000.


Hazardous materials – See our Chemical Drop-off page for information on disposing of chemicals from your home or business.


(subject to change without notice; not a complete list):

Final fees are determined by the gatehouse attendant when they can see your load.
Category Fee
Garbage, bagged $3.50/30 gl bag
Garbage, loose $18.00/cubic yard
Garbage, minimum fee $3.50
Mechanically compacted and tipped $32.00/cubic yard plus $2.28/cubic yard fuel surcharge
Garbage, non-compactable (If you can’t squish it with your hands, it is non-compactable. For example furniture, carpet, rugs, fiberglass.) $34.00/cubic yard plus $2.28/cubic yard fuel surcharge
Construction Scraps (If you can’t squish it with your hands, it is non-compactable. For example plywood, drywall, finished wood, tile trimmings) $34.00/cubic yard plus $2.28/cubic yard fuel surcharge
Demolition Debris $34.00/cubic yard plus $2.28/cubic yard fuel surcharge
Furniture, Carpet & Rugs
Item Fee
Furniture, Carpet, Rugs $34.00/cubic yard plus $2.28/cubic yard fuel surcharge
Non-Upholstered or Non-Recliner Type Chair $6.00
Upholstered or Recliner Type Chair $25.00*
Love Seat/Sofa $44.00*
Sectional $69-88
Sleeper Sofa $50.00*

If your furnishings are worn but serviceable (think “first apartment” or “hunting camp”), we suggest reusing them by

  • selling them via the classified ads or Craig’s List or
  • donating them one of the many local charity resale shops
  • giving them away to a friend or neighbor.

However, we understand that sometimes furniture is beyond salvaging.

To discourage illegal dumping, the Emmet County DPW subsidizes disposal of worn-out upholstered furniture from Emmet County households. The DPW’s actual costs to handle, haul, and landfill these items are roughly as follows: Large chair $40, Sofa $63, Sleeper Sofa $78.

Garbage Collection and Dumpster Services

Emmet County households and businesses subscribe directly with private waste haulers for garbage collection service. Three haulers provide these services at this time. All of them offer residential rolling-cart and bargain by-the-bag services as well as dumpsters. The haulers’ bargain bags–with the cost of collection service included in their price–are sold at many local grocery, discount and convenience stores. Ask about bags at the register.

GFL (formerly American Waste and Little Traverse Disposal)

(Vaughan, Ontario Canada-based)
Services limited north of Harbor Springs and Alanson (updated 2021)
231-547-2162 (Elmira location)

Waste Management, Inc.

Services limited north of Harbor Springs and Alanson (updated 2021)