Garbage Collection

Garbage Collection

Southeast Oakland County Resource Recovery Association (SOCRRA) is the City's contractor for curbside garbage and recycling collection. To schedule service/pickup, contact SOCRRA at 248-288-5153. 

Curbside Cart Placement and Pickup

  • All residential carts are serviced weekly on a set schedule, Monday through Friday—view the schedule
  • Garbage may be placed at your street curb at 4:00 p.m. the day before your scheduled pickup and no later than 7:00 a.m. the day of your scheduled pickup.
  • Garbage must be stored in metal or plastic containers with secure covers and handles.
  • Each container must weigh less than 50 pounds.
  • Garbage must not protrude from the container.
  • As a rule of thumb, if an item doesn't go in your recycling container and it is not a functional, reusable item that you can donate, it most likely goes into your garbage container.
  • Sample common garbage only items include: fused materials (granola bar wrappers, foil, candy wrappers), paper towels and tissues, food scraps, chip bags, latex gloves, Styrofoam, broken dishes, and drink boxes and pouches.

To schedule special pickups, such as days other than your designated pickup day or for large amounts of garbage, please contact Cars Trucking at 586-791-8480.


Can residents dispose of broken concrete?

Broken concrete, clean and free of wire, (no bricks or cinder blocks) can be taken to the City Yard, 521 East Cambourne, Monday through Thursday, from 8:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

Where can I dispose of used motor oil and vehicle batteries?

Take motor oil and vehicle batteries to the Ferndale City Yard, located at 521 E. Cambourne,  Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Please contact the Yard at 248-546-2519 before delivering.

Used motor oil from cars, trucks, lawn mowers, etc., should be transported in a tightly sealed plastic gallon jug. Reuse the empty plastic jug, if possible, or dispose of it in the dumpster next to the oil receptacle. Do not mix used oil with gasoline or any other fuel!

Wet cell batteries from cars, trucks, boats, etc., should be transported in a secure box.

Where must I store garbage and recycling containers in between pick up days?

Garbage and recycling containers should be stored in the rear of the house between collection periods.  Containers should be neat, sealed with lids, and located where they will not offend neighbors.

What holidays does the City not collect garbage and recycling?

  • New Year's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

If your collection day falls on one of these holidays, please set your garbage containers at the curb the following day. This also includes the remainder of the days of that week following the holiday.

What type of garbage is not collected?

  • Radioactive materials--call the Oakland County Health office at 248-424-7093.
  • Hazardous materials like volatile cleaning fluids, chemicals, acids, caustics, drugs, explosives, poisons, and batteries; call SOCRRA at 248-288-5153.
  • Roofing--call a local transfer station
  • Vehicles engines or transmissions. Call a local salvage yard.
  • Construction or building materials
  • Dirt and rocks--call a local transfer station.
  • Auto tires

Does the City pick up bulk items from the curbside?

Yes. Bulk items shall not be placed at the curb for pickup prior to 4:00 p.m. the day before your collection day. Bulk items include appliances such as washers, dryers, hot water tanks, air conditions, refrigerators, and furniture. Doors to bulk items shall be removed before taken to the curb for pickup.  

How do I dispose of hazardous waste?

Paints, garden chemicals, automotive products, antifreeze, household cleaners, solvents, insulin syringes, and other hazardous household materials may be accepted by appointment only.  

If you are a resident and need these hazardous materials removed, contact SOCRRA's Special Household Waste Hotline for a collection appointment at 248-288-5153.

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