BAY CITY, MI – If you’re doing a bit of cleaning before winter sets in then you’ll need to make alternative plans in Bay City to get rid of large items.

The City of Bay City announced that all bulk item collection services will be suspended as of Nov. 16. The city confirmed that the temporary suspension of bulk item pickups is due to COVID-19 related concerns.

The Bay County Health Department reported that there were 430 confirmed cases of COVID-19 among Bay County residents during the first week of November. The test positivity rate for COVID-19 in Bay County has also climbed to over 10% with the rate being only at 2% a month ago.

The city is planning to restart bulk item collection on Jan. 4, 2021.

Residents that previously scheduled bulk item pickup for Thursday, Nov. 12 and Friday, Nov. 13 will still have their items collected.

The Bay City Commission approved a change to the city’s trash collection ordinance earlier this year making it so that overflow trash items were limited and that special bulk item stickers were required. City residents could obtain 2 bulk item stickers per year without a incurring a charge.

The Bay City utility customer service and treasurer’s offices are still closed at city hall. MLive – The Bay City Times previously reported that an employee who works out of the treasurer’s office had tested positive for COVID-19.

The payment-only window is open from 8 a.m. – noon until Nov. 18. For all other transactions such as establishing a new utility service, setting up payment plans, or making miscellaneous payments, residents are asked to use the two exterior drop boxes, visit the website for online services at or call the office at 989-894-8104.

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