Thomas Township

It’s that time of year again! Time to bundle up and enjoy the lights aboard the Roethke Express.

The Train will be running  from 6 pm until 9 pm Thursday through Saturday on:

December 3rd, 4th, 5th, as well as the 10th, 11th, and 12th.

The tickets are $5 per person. Children 5 years and under are FREE

Joins us at Roethke Park for the fun located at 400 Leddy Road.

There is also some hot cocoa, as well as Christmas Cookies after the ride. Santa will also be joining us!Christmas Train 2013 013

MMWA Holiday Light Recycling Drive set Nov 16-Jan 15 Residents can make holiday greener, support CAN Council Recycle Your Holiday Lights

SAGINAW, MI —– Mid Michigan Waste Authority is teaming up with several community partners to make the upcoming holidays a little greener. Through MMWA’s first ever Holiday Light Recycling Drive, area residents can work together to keep thousands of strings of lights out of the landfill. “We hope people will remember the holiday light drive as they are putting up and taking down their trees this year,” said Carol Somers, Mid Michigan Waste Authority Public Education Specialist. “We know it’s likely that people will find some light strands that no longer work, and this is a great way to dispose of them properly, while helping a worthwhile cause.”

Residents can drop off their unwanted holiday lights at eight locations throughout Saginaw County from Nov. 16, 2015, through Jan.15, 2016. Rifkin Scrap Metal and Iron is providing a rebate for the lights, with all proceeds going to the CAN (Child Abuse and Neglect) Council of the Great Lakes Bay Region.

Blue collection bins will be located at the following drop-off sites:

 Ace Hardware 207 W Broad St, Chesaning

 The CAN Council 1311 N Michigan Ave, Saginaw

 Mid Michigan Waste Authority 2063 S Miller Rd, Saginaw

 St. Charles District Library 104 W Spruce St, St. Charles

 Quilted Cottage 7075 Gratiot Rd, Saginaw

 Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy 1903 N Niagara St, Saginaw

 Thomas Twp Public Safety Building 8215 Shields Dr., Saginaw

 Zilwaukee City Administration Building 319 Tittabawassee Rd., Saginaw

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When deposited in a landfill, it takes between 100 and 1000 years for holiday lights to decompose, but through the recycling drive old lights will find new life.

The lights will be processed by Rifkin Scrap Metal and Iron, a local company that will send the constituent materials to a processor. The refined materials will then move on to manufacturers to be used in new products.

Getting rid of old holiday lights is also a great opportunity to make the switch to LED lights, which last longer, and are more energy efficient and durable.

Mid Michigan Waste Authority is a government entity providing comprehensive residential solid waste services to approximately 203,000 residents in 35 communities across the greater Saginaw Valley. To learn more about Mid Michigan Waste Authority, visit


Brush Drop Off is Over for 2015.  Watch for 2016 dates to be published soon.

Brush may be taken by the homeowner to the Township brush drop off site located at the northwest corner of Gleaner and Frost Roads.  No stumps, leaves, grass or commercial brush will be accepted.  The site will be open from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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249 North Miller Road
Saginaw, MI 48609-4896

PHONE: 781-0150

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