Services
 
 
 
Building Inspector - Josh Stabinski

The building inspector is in the Township on Monday and Wednesday only.  

He works from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm on Monday and 9:00am until 12:00pm on Wednesday.

Josh can be reached by calling the Township at (989) 821-9694, Ext. 206.  

Building Packets may be picked up at the Township Hall, or downloaded from links below.  

Electrical, Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing Inspectors can be reached through the township at 989-821-9694 ext 200

 

Online Applications (click applicable link below). At this time, Lyon Township does not accept credit card payments, all permit applications are either check or cash.

*Building Permit Application and Instructions

*Electrical Permit

Weekly Trash Pickup

 

American Waste a GFL Environmental Company Welcome Letter

 

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Compost Site & Recycle Site - behind Park 27

A Lyon Township tag is required for use.

Hours of Operation:  9 am - 3 pm  

SCHEDULE 

Jan - March: Saturday ONLY

Apr: Wednesdaty & Saturday

May: Sunday, Wednesday & Saturday 

Jun to Sept:  Wednesday & Saturday

Oct and Nov: Sunday, Wednesday & Saturday

December: Wednesday & Saturday

 ****Will update website if compost site closes due to weather OR if changes are made to schedule****

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AMERCIAN WASTE RECYCLING

PREPARE YOUR RECYCLABLES

  • Dry
  • Clean-give them a quick rinse
  • Empty-do not place one recyclable inside another, they need to be separate in order to go through the sorting process correctly; liquids in containers can prevent them from being blown to the right conveyor belt
  • Loose & Unbagged-place recyclables loose in the bin; we cannot process them if they are bagged!
  • Food-Free-remove ALL food
  • Caps and Labels are OK-attached lids have a better chance of being recycled
  • Separate Materials-remove metal lids from glass bottles, remove plastic lining from cardboard boxes, keep different materials separate
  • Flatten Cardboard
  • Do Not Flatten Containers-keep them round so our machines can process them
  • Size-our machines can process materials larger than 211 x 211 and smaller than 2' x 2'

MATERIALS WE RECYCLE

  • Aerosol Cans-must be empty
  • Aseptic Cartons-liquid food packaging
  • Bulky Plastic & Toys-Kids toys, garden plastics, baskets, pails, buckets
  • Cardboard-flattened and dry
  • Cartons-milk, juice, soy, drink boxes
  • Freezer Paperboard-ice cream and frozen-food containers
  • Glass Containers-all colors
  • Metal & Aluminum-cans, foil, trays
 

 

  • Paper-newspaper, office paper, magazines, books, phone books, brown paper bags
  • Pizza Boxes-no pizza! cut out the greasy circle if you can
  • Plastic Containers-all types, even unmarked, including clam shell containers
  • Plastic Film-grocery bags, bread bags, kitchen shrink wrap, bubblewrap, Visqueen
  • Scrap Metal
  • Small Appliances-including toaster ovens
  • Styrofoam-egg cartons, styrofoam cups, packaging styrofoam (but not peanuts); see details below under Advanced Recycling

 

MATERIALS WE CANNOT RECYCLE

 

The following materials cannot be recycled at American Waste. Some items like lithium batteries are dangerous to the recycling facility and our employees. Please keep them out! 

In Grand Traverse County, visit RecycleSmart for locations that can recycle these materials, or check the Michigan Recycling Directory. 

  • Wet Materials-anything wet cannot  be recycled, including used paper towels, hand towels, tissues and wet paper cleaning materials
  • Tanglers-items like chains, hoses, rope, clothing, clothes hangers and tarps get caught in our machines and shut down the entire facility until someone crawls in and pulls them out, so even if a tangier is made of metal or another recyclable material, please keep it out
  • Batteries-batteries of all types are not accepted; lithium batteries are extremely dangerous in recycling centers and recycling and garbage trucks
  • CDs & DVDs
  • Chip Bags-foil-lined plastic like chip bags and candy wrappers can't be recycled because the foil cannot be separated from the plastic
  • Clothing
 

 

  • Cork
  • Diapers-diapers are not  recyclable
  • Fluids-fluids are not accepted, including automotive and cleaning
  • Foam-foam wrap, polyurethane foam, memory foam, latex foam, foams used inside cushions and mattresses
  • Glass-mirrors, tv/monitor glass, window glass
  • Light Bulbs-fluorescent, tubes, CFLs, LEDs, any type
  • Hazardous Waste & Solvents
  • Marine Shrink Wrap
  • Medications
  • Mixed Materials-paper mailing envelopes lined with plastic bubble wrap cannot be recycled because they different materials cannot be separated
  • Packing Peanuts-because they make a terrible mess
  • Paint-latex and oil-based paints and stains
  • Propane Tanks
  • Rubber
  • Sharp and Dangerous Items-real people sort your recyclables, so please, no needles, sharp scrap metal, or other pointy or dangerous objects 

ADVANCED RECYCLING

Recycling right helps keep Northern Michigan green and provides Michigan manufacturers and mills with the high-quality recycled materials they need to make recycled products. We welcome you to take a behind-the-scenes tour of our recycling facility and learn everything there is to know about recycling in our area, including:

STYROFOAM

People often wonder if styrofoam cups and packaging material can be recycled at American Waste. The answer is Yes!American Waste customers CAN put styrofoam cups, containers, and packaging material in recycle bins and drop off containers.

 

 

So, if you get a new TV, the styrofoam that is used to package the TV in the box can be removed from the box and sent to American Waste for recycling. We also accept plastic film, bubble wrap, and other plastic that is used in packaging. But always please be sure to remove the packaging materials from the box. The box should be empty and flat when placed in the recycling bin.

YES, WE ACCEPT: 

  • Styrofoam used in packaging
  • Styrofoam cups
  • Styrofoam take-out containers
  • Styrofoam egg cartons
  • Styrofoam containers 

NO, WE DO NOT ACCEPT: 

  • Packaging peanuts-simply because they make such a huge mess! In Grand Traverse County, here is what you can do with packaging peanuts so that you do not have to put them in the trash
  • Foam-polyurethane foam, memory foam, latex foam, foams used inside cushions and mattresses

SMALL ITEMS DON'T MAKE IT 

Our system shakes out items 2" or smaller, so things like dental picks that are smaller than a credit card have to go in the trash bin. That's why it's best to keep lids on your containers. Take them off only if the lid is made of a material that is different than the container itself.

PLASTIC BAGS AND SHREDDED PAPER 

The highest and best way to recycle a plastic bag is to reuse it, or return it to the store where you got it. If you decide to recycle your plastic bags curbside, please place all of your plastic bags inside one bag and tie it up, so the bags don't make a mess or blow away. This is one of only two exceptions to the "do not bag" recyclables rule. The other: bag your shredded paper, do not place it loose in your bin.

 

 

BOOKS

Hardcover and paperback books can be recycled at American Waste. However, the highest and best use for books you no longer want is to take them to Blue Vase Books or Goodwill in Traverse City, or to similar locations in surrounding communities. Call your county's recycling information line, or check the State of Michigan recycling directory for locations near you.

KNOW IT BEFORE YOU THROW  IT 

Wishcycling happens when you place an item in your bin, unsure if it meets the guidelines, but hoping someone will find a way to recycle or reuse it. You may hear the saying: When in doubt, throw it out. A better option: When in doubt, contact us or check the Grand Traverse County or State of Michigan recycling directory.

 

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SPRING LEAF PICK UP BEGINS ON THE FIRST TUESDAY IN MAY AND GOES UNTIL THE SECOND TUESDAY IN JUNE.

FALL LEAF PICK UP WILL BEGIN THE FIRST TUESDAY IN OCTOBER AND CONTINUE UNTIL THE SECOND TUESDAY IN NOVEMBEROR UNTIL THE FIRST STICKING SNOW. 
 

YOU CAN ALSO BRING YOUR LEAVES TO THE COMPOST 

ANY TIME DURING OPEN HOURS THROUGH OUT THE YEAR

SEE COMPOST HOURS.

Call 989-821-9694 if any Questions

Recycling
Recycling Site - Park 27
Same hours of Compost Site.
 

GLASS BOTTLES AND JARS

  • Food & Beverage containers only
  • All colors, please rinse out, remove lids, labels are OK
  • No Pyrex, window glass, ceramics, light bulbs, mirrors or broken glass

METAL FOOD & BEVERAGE CANS

  • Metal food & beverage cans: also lids from glass bottles & jars
  • Rinse clean, labels are okay
  • Flatten if possible

PLASTICS

  • Plastic bottles such as milk jugs, water bottles, Gatorade etc.  Anything with #1 or #2 placed within the recycled arrows. (Triangle)
  • Rinse well, remove caps, labels are okay.
  • NO MOTOR OIL CONTAINERS

NEWS PAPERS - MAGAZINES

  • Place in a brown paper grocery bag
  • Newspapers can include color comic sections and glossy inserts

HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION

They are scheduled for the Saturday following Memorial day & Labor day: 

9:00 AM - 1:00 pm

Roscommon County

At the Road Commission: 820 E West Branch Rd, Prudenville MI