Category: Blog

Help Prevent Trash Fires: Keep These 5 Materials out of Your Garbage

Posted on: May 9, 2022

You might not think much about what you put in your trash. Anything that can’t be recycled that you want to get rid of is probably fair game. But some items can pose a fire hazard if they’re not disposed of properly. Please help us keep fire out of our trucks and facilities by keeping... Continue reading

What to Do with Old Paint

Posted on: April 26, 2022

Paint disposal doesn’t seem like it should be complicated, but it can be. Not only is it messy (obviously), more importantly, it can be hazardous. Oil-Based Paint Believe it or not, oil-based paint is considered household hazardous waste. That means you can’t throw it in with your regular trash because it is dangerous to the... Continue reading

Easy Options for Ditching Bulky, Old Appliances

Posted on: March 22, 2022

There will come a day when one of your trusted appliances finally calls it quits. It has spent its life making yours much easier. And while you’re actually thrilled to start shopping for a shiny new appliance, you have no answer to this important question: what do I do with my old, bulky appliance? Don’t worry—we’ve... Continue reading

Yard Waste: What It Is and What to Do With It

Posted on: March 9, 2022

There are more than 2,500 plant species in the state of Michigan, according to the DNR. While many of these plants reside in our forests and shorelines, we are fortunate to have many trees, shrubs, flowers and grasses with which to beautify our yards. But that beauty comes at a price—maintenance and upkeep. And while many... Continue reading

An Easy Way to Keep Your Garbage Man or Woman Safe

Posted on: January 27, 2022

It’s not the most pleasant thing to think about, particularly if you’re in our industry, but the facts are clear—trash and recycling workers continue to be among the most dangerous of professions out there. Not only do these workers have a physically intense job, they frequently put themselves in danger just by going to work... Continue reading

How You Should Place Your Cart and Why It Matters

Posted on: January 19, 2022

We’re adding more automated side load (ASL) trucks to our fleet all the time because they’re so safe and efficient. (Not sure what an ASL truck is or why it’s safer and more efficient?

Why You Have a Collection Day, Not Collection Time

Posted on: January 10, 2022

Imagine this. You’re sitting at your kitchen table eating a leisurely breakfast when you hear the garbage truck. But wait, you think. It can’t be the garbage truck. My trash doesn’t get picked up until afternoon. They never pick it up in the morning and it’s not even out there yet. You go outside to... Continue reading

Post-holiday Recycling: What to Do with Gift Wrap and Greeting Cards

Posted on: December 21, 2021

During the holidays, we can get a lot of questions about what to do with festive packaging. We ask that you please follow these simple guidelines: Wrapping Paper Thin paper that is full of color, glitter or other embellishments SHOULD NOT BE RECYCLED. Thick, non-colored, cardboard type wrapping paper MAY BE RECYCLED. Tubes from the... Continue reading

Granger Offering Christmas Tree Collection and Disposal Services

Posted on: December 20, 2021

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

Holiday Trash Tips

Posted on: December 14, 2021

During the holiday season, we all tend to generate a lot more trash. It’s to be expected, but having all those extra things to throw away can present some challenges. Here are some tips for making things a little easier on yourself (and on us too!): Be sure you know the holiday collection schedule. Knowing... Continue reading

Eight Tips for a Less Wasteful Kitchen

Posted on: November 24, 2021

A kitchen is a great place for cooking, eating and spending time with friends and family. It can also be a place with a lot of waste. But there are ways to eliminate some of that. Here are a few of our favorite ideas for reducing waste in the kitchen: Growing your own herbs, fruits... Continue reading

5 Ways to Celebrate America Recycles Day

Posted on: November 15, 2021

Recruit your kids, parents, friends and neighbors to recycle with you. Make sure you’re recycling right by reviewing the guidelines for your curbside service or recycling drop-off. Recycle a new material you’ve never recycled before, but be sure to refer to #2. Buy an item made with recycled materials. Learn more about recycling by reading... Continue reading

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