Category: Blog

Waste & Recycling Workers Week—How You Can Help Celebrate

Posted on: June 10, 2021

The third week in June is designated as Waste & Recycling Workers Week. This important celebration, formerly called as Garbage Man Appreciation Week at Granger, is a chance to recognize all workers who contribute to keeping communities clean, either by picking up waste or by fulfilling important roles that help support waste collection. At Granger,... Continue reading

What Really Happens to Your Trash

Posted on: April 16, 2021

If you’re like most people, you probably put your trash out at the street each week and promptly forget about it. But the story doesn’t end there. Here’s what happens to your trash after you put it out. Once your trash is in the truck, it is compacted to make it take up less space.... Continue reading

Windy Day Trash Tips

Posted on: March 24, 2021

Here in Michigan, it can get a little on the windy side, particularly during certain months of the year, and that can make for challenges with trash collection. Here are some things it helps to remember when the wind starts gusting.   Tip #1 Bag All Your Trash This is honestly the one step you... Continue reading

Ask Curby: Is Granger Replacing People with Automation?

Posted on: February 5, 2021

Dear Curby: I got a letter stating that my trash truck was being replaced with an automated truck. I know two people usually work in one truck. I’m concerned that someone may have gotten let go because you only need one person on a truck now. Are you replacing your people with automation? Please tell... Continue reading

Using Equipment to Keep Associates Safe

Posted on: January 18, 2021

Collecting trash and recycling is an inherently dangerous job. Being out on the roads leaves our associates in harm’s way. The act of lifting heavy, awkward bags or containers repeatedly throughout the day increases the risk of spontaneous, overuse and repetitive motion injuries. As a company, we recognize safety as a core foundational value. Safety... Continue reading

6 Ways to Up Your Recycling Game

Posted on: January 15, 2021

Want to be a better recycler? Consider these tips. Think before you buy. The time to think about recycling is while you’re shopping. If you don’t want to end up with a bunch of packaging you can’t recycle, don’t buy it in the first place. If you’re deciding between comparable products, choose the one with... Continue reading

Granger Offering Christmas Tree Collection and Disposal Services

Posted on: December 28, 2020

Granger will once again be collecting Christmas trees this winter. All Christmas trees must be live-cut and free of decorations. Trees or sections of trees can be no longer than four feet. If your community currently does not have a Christmas tree disposal option, the following are options for disposal: Place your live-cut Christmas tree... Continue reading

Top 5 Plastics to Recycle and Not Recycle

Posted on: September 11, 2020

Updated: 5/25/21 The recycling guidelines list plastic as an accepted material, so that must mean any plastic, right? Well, as it turns out, all plastic is not created equal and some of it is not recyclable with your household recycling collection or at your local recycling drop-off. Here’s a rundown on what’s ok to toss... Continue reading

Safe Disposal for Spring Cleaning

Posted on: May 15, 2020

Updated: 4/8/21 There are few things as satisfying as spending the day cleaning out the basement, attic, closet, shed or garage and seeing those spaces go from dirty and cluttered to clean and organized. When you’re finished, it’s tempting to just throw everything you don’t want in a garbage bag and chuck it in your... Continue reading

What You Can Do to Help Your Garbage Men and Women During the COVID-19 Situation

Posted on: March 25, 2020

Waste collection is considered an essential service that is vital to the health and safety of our communities. We are grateful and proud of our associates who are out there every day making sure this important work gets done. Their jobs are far from easy, and we know you appreciate them as much as we... Continue reading

A Critical Tool for Safe Driving

Posted on: March 12, 2020

We spend our days driving garbage trucks around your neighborhood. It’s a big responsibility, and we take it very seriously. We know that the most important aspect of our job is not picking up trash—it’s keeping ourselves and the people around us safe. There are many tools we use to ensure we are doing our... Continue reading

No Household Recycling Doesn’t Mean No Recycling

Posted on: February 23, 2020

Household recycling collections and drop-offs are meant for recycling common items that can be recycled on a large scale. It’s important to follow the guidelines for this type of recycling carefully, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t other, more specialty items, that you may want to find another way to recycle. If you can’t or... Continue reading

4 Reasons to Love Your Garbage Man or Woman

Posted on: February 14, 2020

Sure, your spouse is pretty great, and you love your friends and your kids. But what about that unsung hero in your life? You know who we’re talking about—that superhero in disguise who picks up your trash. Here are some reasons to love your garbage man or woman. They make the world a better place.... Continue reading

7 Recycling Myths Debunked

Posted on: January 24, 2020

There’s a lot of information out there about recycling, but not all that information is correct. These are just some of the rumors flying around about recycling that aren’t actually true. Myth #1 Caps and lids need to be removed. While there was a time when lids and caps needed to be removed, the general... Continue reading

5 Convenient Uses for a Granger Disposal Center

Posted on: January 10, 2020

You may have heard about our Granger Disposal Centers, which are conveniently located in Lansing, Jackson and Alma, but you might not realize how useful they can be for you. Sure, they’re used by contractors and junk haulers, but they can also help out your average homeowner. Here are some ways you can make a... Continue reading