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Pick-up schedule in Detroit [MI]

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Recycling Guidelines

Understanding and following the recycling guidelines is crucial for maintaining a sustainable and clean environment in Detroit. Here's a comprehensive guide to help you with your recycling endeavors:

What Belongs in Your Blue Cart?

  • All recyclables should be placed together in your blue cart.
  • Place items loosely in the cart; avoid bagging recyclables.
  • Rinse off any food residue; containers should be empty, clean, and dry.
  • Retain lids, tops, and labels on containers.
  • Hard plastics bearing a recycling symbol are accepted.
  • Break down cardboard to conserve space in your cart.

What Doesn't Belong?

  • Plastic bags, food and liquids, paper towels, paper plates, and napkins.
  • Soft plastic films like sandwich baggies, chip bags, bubble wrap, and candy wrappers.
  • Receipts, wood, and yard waste.

Free Drop-Off Locations for Detroit Residents

Household Hazardous Waste Facility: 2000 E. Ferry St. (313) 923-2240
Operating hours: Thursday 7:30am-2pm, Every fourth Saturday 8am-2pm
Materials Accepted:

  • Electronics
  • Pesticides and herbicides
  • Light bulbs
  • Gasoline, oil, antifreeze
  • Medical sharps and over the counter medicines

Recycle Here! Drop-off Center: 5960 Lincoln St., Detroit, MI |
Operating hours: Monday and Wednesday 10am-6pm, Saturday 9am-3pm
Materials Accepted:

  • Styrofoam
  • Books
  • Plastics
  • Paper
  • Glass
  • Metal
  • Cardboard

Frequently Asked Questions

Who handles my recycling and waste collection?
For east side and southwest Detroit residents, GFL Environmental is your service provider. West side residents are serviced by WM.

Moving Houses?
The recycling cart remains at the original address. Sign up for a free cart at your new Detroit residence.

Missed Service?
Report to your waste hauler. Confirm service dates at using the “Find my Waste Schedule” tool. Additionally, report missed pickups to the Department of Public Works.

Contact Your Hauler:
WM: 844-233-8764
GFL Environmental: 844-464-3587

Contact the Department of Public Works:
Solid Waste Division: 313-876-0004

Yard Waste in Recycling Cart?
No, yard waste is not accepted. Visit or call the Department of Public Works for yard waste guidelines.

Styrofoam Recycling?
Styrofoam is not accepted in your recycling cart. Drop off at Recycle Here! located at 5960 Lincoln St., Detroit, Michigan.

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Yard Waste Disposal

  • Utilize either paper, biodegradable lawn/yard bags, or a personal 32-gallon reusable plastic or metal container marked 'Yard Waste Only'. Ensure a 60-pound weight limit for 32-gallon containers.
  • Plastic bags are not permissible for collection. Avoid placing yard waste in your refuse container.
  • Twigs or branches under 4 feet in length or 2 inches in diameter may go into yard waste bags.
  • Brush exceeding 2 inches in diameter should be tied and positioned at the curb; bundles must not surpass 4 feet in length, 60 lbs in weight, or 18 inches in diameter.
  • Leaves are to be disposed of in biodegradable yard bags.
  • Maintain a tidy front yard by not storing refuse or recycling cans there. Position your container at the curb post 6 p.m. the day prior to collection and retrieve it by 9 p.m. on the collection day.
  • Avoid placing bulk debris in front of other structures or vacant lots; position bulk items in front of your household only.
  • Ensure yard waste, recyclables, and refuse are not mixed.

Bulk Collection

  • Position bulk items at the curb, separate from other waste types, by 7 a.m. on the collection day, ensuring placement occurs no more than 24 hours in advance.
  • Notable bulk items encompass furniture, mattresses, appliances, hot water tanks, carpeting, and large toys.
  • For smaller items, utilize plastic bags or boxes; roll carpeting into bundles of no more than 4 feet and tie them.
  • Position bulk items solely in front of your household; failing to adhere can result in ticket issuance.

Should your bulk items exceed 1,000 pounds or two cubic yards:

  1. Engage the Department of Public Works' pickup service for an estimate on disposal costs at (313) 876-0049.
  2. Alternatively, rent a roll-off container from a private vendor for item disposal.

Residents may also utilize the following bulk drop-off locations:

  • Davison Yard (8221 West Davison)
  • Southfield Yard (12255 Southfield Rd.)
  • J. Fans Transfer Station (6451 E. McNichols)

Present proper identification to access drop-off locations, with a limitation of 1,000 pounds per person per day. Construction debris is not accepted.

For reporting missed collections, reach out to:

  • East Side and Southwest Detroit, GFL, at 1-866-772-8900
  • West Side Advanced Disposal at 1-844-233-8764
  • For Illegal Dumping/Excessive Debris, contact 313-876-0426

These guidelines are designed to uphold a clean and orderly environment, ensuring responsible waste disposal and collection practices among Detroit residents.

The western side of Detroit's refuse collection is managed by Waste Management (WM) which can be reached on (844)2338764. The eastern side is managed by GFL Environmental which can be reached on (844)4643587. The data for this map has been sourced from Gov Data Detroit which was last updated on June 30, 2021.

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The city of Detroit, Michigan belongs to the Wayne county and has the following zip codes registered:
48209 48208 48201 48207 48205 48204 48203 48206 48227 48238 48239 48234 48235 48233 48202 48243 48214 48215 48216 48217 48210 48211 48212 48213 48219 48228 48224 48226 48221 48223 48231 48232 48244 48255 48260 48264 48266 48267 48268 48269 48272 48275 48277 48278 48279 48288

Cities in Wayne county:

City NamePopulation
Dearborn Heights55353
Lincoln Park36321
Allen Park26940
Garden City26408
Grosse Pointe Woods15332
Harper Woods13746
Grosse Pointe Park11050
Highland Park10775
Flat Rock10004
Grosse Pointe Farms9114
River Rouge7419
Grosse Pointe5154
Village of Grosse Pointe Shores2794

City Statistics

  • Population 3,506,130
  • Average Income $30,894
  • Average Rent $824
  • Average Home $50,327

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