Environmental Services (Sanitation)


What can’t I recycle?  The short list of what’s left.
Irregular Items - Large items such as sofas, mattresses and household furniture are picked up as trash. Carpeting, Padding and treated or painted Wood must be folded or cut to no more than 4 ft in length and tied or taped in bundles not to exceed 60 pounds. Remove or pound down nails.  Untreated wood clear of nails can be added to yard waste bags or containers during the season.

Broken glass/mirrors - break large items up and wrap in heavy paper or cloth and put out with regular trash. Mark as GLASS. It is best if it will fit in a container.

Food waste: meat and dairy waste, cooked vegetable and fruit scraps - you may want to freeze these items before putting in your trash to discourage critters.  Fresh vegetable and fruit scraps, however,  can go out with yard waste during the season.  If you do not have yard waste and want to set these at the curb for collection, a curbside container is now available on sale at DPW at our cost.  This can be used during yard waste season only.

Bulk items can go to the curb along with trash Monday night for Tuesday collection.  Remember that it is against the law to remove recyclable materials, e.g. metal, from the curb.  Please separate recyclables from trash. To recycle these, you can take scrap metal to SOCRRA's facility on Coolidge in Troy.

If you do have something usable, try to give it away first to one of the local charities before discarding it.  Remember reuse is better than recycling and much better than landfilling!

Here is a sampling of organizations which will take your donations.  Some of these will pick up large items.

    Additional Information
Furniture Bank of Southeast Michigan  248.332.1300 furniture-bank.org/
Grace Centers of Hope  855.435.7424 gracecentersofhope.org
Humble Design, Inc  248.243.7144  humbledesign.org
Council Thrift Store    councilresale.net
Vietnam Vets  1.800.775.8387 vva.org
For durable medical items:    
  World Medical Relief 313.866.5333 worldmedicalrelief.org
For tools/wood/building materials/cabinets/fixtures, etc.    
  Habitat for Humanity 313.653.4890 habitatoakland.org

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