St. Joseph Charter Township, Michigan

Weekly Rubbish Collection Schedule

The weekly collection takes place 4x per week; Monday – Thursday. Below is an image outlining the current routes.

How can I dispose of large items?

Best Way Disposal will collect large items year-round, but you must call and notify us in advance. There is an additional fee for this service. If large items are set out without notifying Best Way ahead of time, items are subject to being left and you may be cited. All mattresses and upholstered furniture should be completely wrapped in plastic to protect the driver. 

Examples of items NOT collected: Pianos, construction debris, tires, refrigerators, brush, or tree limbs if not neatly bundled and cut less than 4 feet in length.

Yard Waste: Collection Information

Since 1994, the State of Michigan has banned the dumping of yard waste in its sanitary landfills. The thought was that this renewable refuse should be recycled into compost, rather than taking up space in landfills. Since then, we have required the separation of yard waste from household garbage. Two different trucks do a pick-up on rubbish day. One goes to the landfill with your garbage, and the other to the compost site with your yard waste.

This year no plastic bags of any sort will be picked up for the compostable materials, even if they are biodegradable or compostable. For the convenience of our residents, Best Way Disposal has tried to allow different plastic bags in the compost site over the past several years, but each had created problems. This year, yard waste will only be picked up if it is in one of the following containers:

  • The large paper “Kraft” yard waste bags. These bags may be purchased at any department store: Roger’s, Martin’s, Ace Hardware, Lowe’s, Meijer, Wal-Mart, Home Depot, etc., or from Kirsch Carton.These bags hold much more than the plastic ones, and leave, grass, and small twigs can be “squished” without easily tearing them.
  • A cart. Best Way will rent out a large, wheeled cart for $25 for the season.Or, you may purchase your own cart.Please make certain that you label it “Yard Waste” so they know which truck to use for removal of its contents.Our office can provide you with labels if you need them.
  • A different plastic container, such as a plastic garbage can with a lid. Again, please make sure it’s labeled as “Yard Waste”.

Please note that Best Way Disposal is not responsible for damage done to garbage receptacles.

Holiday Collection Schedule

If a holiday falls on your collection day, your items will be picked up on the following day. The following holidays will be observed:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Memorial Day
  • 4th of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

On weeks with a holiday occurring Monday through Thursday, your pick-up day will be delayed One Day after the holiday, with Thursday’s route serviced on Friday.

Best Way Disposal Customer Service

Tami (Contact for St. Joseph Township residents)
3290 Hennessey Rd
Watervliet, Michigan 49098
Phone (269) 463-3232