Refuse and Recycling Services


Garbage disposal for Village residents is available at the Village Compactor on Herman Road every Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. A Village permit sticker – mailed in July with summer tax bills – is required. Non-residents may use the compactor services with the purchase of blue plastic bags at the Village Market (Elk Rapids Location).

Compactor rules are as follows:

  • Compactor stickers allow for the disposal of refuse generated by the occupant of the address on the tax bill to a maximum of six (6) bags, each day the compactor facility is operating.
  • Lost stickers can be reissued to the property owner upon receipt of a $75 fee, provided those property owners are willing to sign a written affidavit attesting to the fact that their sticker was lost.
  • Compactor stickers should be affixed to the driver’s side of the vehicle windshield.
  • If landlords do not issue the sticker to the tenant of their property, the renter shall purchase compactor bags or make other arrangements for their refuse disposal.
  • Guidelines for acceptable materials are posted at the compactor.
  • Operators will refuse service if rules are not followed.
  • The compactor premises are under video surveillance for the safety of citizens and Village staff.


Recycling services are available to all citizens – regardless of Village residency – in the gravel lot to the south of the Elk Rapids Government Center (315 Bridge St., Elk Rapids, MI 49629). The Recycle Center is a self-service facility operated by Antrim County.

Recycling rules are as follows:

  • Open to all residents
  • Acceptable materials include:
    • Steel and aluminum cans
    • All glass food containers
    • #1 PET plastic bottles and containers
    • #2 HDPE plastic bottles and containers
    • #5 PP plastic bottles and containers
    • Newspaper, magazines, catalogs, junk mail, corrugated cardboard and boxboard


Residents with questions regarding these services should contact Department of Public Works Superintendent.