Citywide garbage collection is serviced by Car Trucking and recycling is serviced through the Southeast Oakland County Resource Recovery Association (SOCRRA). All residential areas are serviced weekly on a set schedule – Monday through Friday. Garbage and recycling may be placed at your street curb at 4:00 p.m. the day before your scheduled pickup, but no later than 7:00 a.m. on the day of your scheduled pickup.
The City does not collect garbage and recycling on the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. If your collection day falls on one of these holidays, please set your garbage and recycling containers at the curb the following day – this will produce a delay for the days of the week following the holiday. Please note: If a holiday falls on a Sunday, collection will not be affected or delayed.
Garbage cans must be purchased by residents only, adhering to the following guidelines: The container must be metal or plastic, 35 gallons or less, weighing no more than 50 pounds, with secure covers and handles. Waste should be neatly bagged, with no scattered or loose debris, and should not protrude from the container. Recycling bins are provided free of charge via DPW. To request a recycling bin, please call DPW at 248-546-2519.
To schedule special garbage pickups, including days other than your regularly scheduled trash day, or for large amounts of waste, please contact Car Trucking at 586-791-8480.
WHY RECYCLE? Recycling costs less than landfill dumping. By recycling, we divert material from entering our landfills. It also provides a rebate on the amount of recycled material, lowering overall costs for the City, residents, and businesses. Not to mention all the feel-goods you get by helping preserve our environment.
Confused about which items go in your garbage or recycling cans? 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. SOCRRA’s Waste Wizard tool is a very helpful search engine for understanding which materials are allowed in your recycling bin.
For more information about recycling and zero waste practices, visit the Zero Waste page.
Have questions about how to dispose of a specific item? View the list below for guidelines and instructions.
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.
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. Please note: If a holiday falls on a Sunday, collection will not be affected or delayed.
Yes. Bulk items shall not be placed at the curb for pickup before 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 being taken to the curb for pickup.
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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