Town of Trail Creek Indiana
Town of Trail Creek
211 Rainbow Trail
Trail Creek, IN, 46360
(219) 872-2422
Fax: (219) 878-1235

Town of Trail Creek Indiana

GARBAGE PICK-UP: Per our contract with Border Waste-Away Service: All refuse/rubbish must be properly disposed of in the Grey 96-gallon cart provided to you by Borden Waste-Away/Lake Shore Disposal Service only. If you have the need for an additional 96-gallon cart, you may lease through Borden Waste Away Service. At this point in time the cost will be $5.00 a month per cart billed directly to you from Borden Waste Away Group. They can be reached directly by calling (269) 231-5623.  Garbage pick-up is every Friday unless there is a holiday in that week, then pick-up will be on Saturday.

    Items with Freon, such as refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners and de-humidifiers, will not be picked up unless prior arrangements are made with Borden/Lakeshore. For a list of what you can and cannot put out, as well as 2021 Holiday schedule please visit

  Collection for live Christmas trees only will be on the third Monday in January.

STREET DEPT: Begin on Monday April 5th through Monday November 1st, 2021, the Trail Creek Street Department will begin picking up yard waste in the brown paper bags only weather permitting (no plastic). They will also be picking up large sticks, limbs, and branches that are to large to fit in your 96 gallon tote. As always keep bags and stick pile separate. Place sticks parallel to the street for quick and easy pick up as they will have a large chipper in tow.

Pick up days are determined by the Trail Creek Street Department. If you have any questions/concerns please direct them your Trail Creek Street Commissioner Mr. Chris Ott @ (219)872-4780 (office) or by his town issued cell phone call or text (219)877-8385.

MONDAY YARD WASTE: A special yard waste pick- up provided by Borden Waste Away Group/Lakeshore Disposal will begin the first Monday in April and continues until the first Monday in November 2021. You may only use your Grey Borden 96-gallon cart, or the “yard waste” cart that was provided by Lakeshore. If you do not have a "yard waste" cart they are available for pick up at the Trail Creek Street Department. Please contact them directly via call or text @ (219) 877-8385. Please remember NO PERSONAL CAN’S WILL BE PICKED UP. 

******************All brown yard waste paper bags will be picked up by the Street Department only************************


Refuse Payments 2021...

The Town Hall will remain closed to the Public due to the Covid-19 virus. When paying your 2021 refuse bill this year here are a few payment options for you:
1. Pay by mail (USPS)
2. Pay on line @ a 3% convenience fee will be charged per transaction by PayGOV.US.
3. Drop payment in the mail slot located at the Town Hall to the left of the door.
Our Town Hall has many security cameras located inside and outside the building that monitor and record all activity 24/7 for your safety. We will continue to do our part in keeping you and ourselves healthy and safe during these trying times. Thank you for your continued understanding.




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About Trail Creek

Often referred to as "Tree Lined Trail Creek", the town covers a wooded area of approximately 1.25 square miles with 900 homes and a population of 2,452. The town lies within portions of Michigan and Coolspring Townships.

The dividing line for these two townships is the center line of Coolspring Avenue, with Michigan Township to the North and Coolspring Township to the South. Day to day business is administered by a five person Town Council and a Clerk Treasurer who are all elected for terms of four years. In addition, the Town Council is responsible for appointing qualified residents to positions on auxiliary commissions and boards.

Town budgetary functions are paid through revenues derived from local property taxes, county and state shared taxes, shared riverboat proceeds from the City of Michigan City and some additional user fees. The town is a supporting member of various governmental and civic organizations, including the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns (IACT), Northwest Indiana Council of Towns and Small Cities (TASC), South Shore Clean Cities and Access La Porte County.

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