Department of Public Services


Director: Rod Russell
Phone: (269) 329-4444
Email: Department of Public Services

Address: 7719 South Westnedge Avenue

The Department of Public Services consists of three divisions that provide and maintain key public infrastructure and services for the citizens of Portage:

  • Streets Maintenance Division: provides quality 24-hour maintenance services of all public streets within the City of Portage. Maintenance functions include minor street repairs, resurfacing projects, snow removal, sign repairs, annual pavement marking applications, sidewalk, curb and gutter repairs and right-of-way tree maintenance.
  • Parks Maintenance Division: provides ongoing care of the substantial assets that are our parks and recreation grounds. Maintenance functions are provided to 17 individual city park properties and an outstanding system of paved trails and bikeways that connect parks, schools, neighborhoods, shopping areas and other points of interest.
  • Fleet & Facilities Maintenance Division: purchases and maintains all city-owned vehicles and equipment.


Residential Services & Programs

Curbside Recycling Program
Convenient "single stream" recycling means no sorting. Bi-weekly collection is provided to Portage residents in a convenient wheeled cart. Participation is easy!  CLICK HERE to submit your cart request!

Quarterly Curbside Brush Collection

Loose brush can be placed for curbside collection in the months of January, April, July and October. For collection purposes, the city is divided into four collection zones. Each street will be cleared one time and each zone will be cleared within its designated week. CLICK HERE for collection map and pickup dates.

Spring Cleanup Program

Each spring, the City of Portage gives residents the opportunity to reduce clutter and dispose of unwanted household materials by placing items curbside for collection. The 2017 Spring Cleanup Program takes place April 17 - May 18. CLICK HERE for collection map and convenient address locator tool to find your collection date!

Fall Leaf Collection
Each fall, the City of Portage operates a loose leaf collection program,  which includes three collections of leaves in each neighborhood zone. Details of the 2017 Fall Leaf Collection Program will be posted in September 2017.

Household Hazardous Waste Program
The City of Portage participates in the Kalamazoo County Government Household Hazardous Waste Program. This is a free service provided through the Kalamazoo County Human Services Department. For more information, including drop off location, hours of operation and accepted materials, view the printable Household Hazardous Waste Guide or call the Kalamazoo County Household Hazardous Waste Program Information Hotline at 373-5211. 


    LOCAL ROAD PROJECT ALERTS

         
    Summer Mill and Fill Program -- July 5-14, 2017
    Affected residents will be notified via an informational door hanger on the day prior to the scheduled construction for your specific street. One lane of travel will remain open during the asphalt resurfacing process.  Residents should be aware that a “tac coat” (oily substance) is sprayed on the street prior to paving in order to bond the new asphalt to the old surface.  Driving on the tac coat should be avoided as this material may attach to tires and vehicle undercarriages, and may be carried onto your driveway or garage floor.  The following locations are scheduled for the 2017 Summer Mill and Fill program:

     Street Section Date of Project
     Oakland Drive (Milham to Romence)  COMPLETE
     Centre Avenue (Westnedge to Lovers)  COMPLETE
     Oakland Drive (Romence to Centre)  July 11
     Bishop Avenue (Sprinkle to Jamaica Lane)  July 13