Recycling information

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free recycling carts

SIGN UP FOR TEXT MESSAGE REMINDERS 

OR

Text your address to 313-800-7905

The City of Detroit is collecting recycling materials

in 64-gallon carts every other week.  

 

Recycling at home

how to recycle:

1. don't stuff your cart: pack materials loosely in your recycling cart. Do not separate things into bags - bags get caught in the recycling machines and throw off the whole process. 

2. rinse things out: it is important to empty and rinse out food and drink containers before placing them in your cart. Food particles are very bad for the recycling process.

3. keep it neat: do not place items on top of or around your cart - keep everything inside of it. flatten cardboard boxes before placing in cart.

4. when in doubt, throw it out: it might look like you can recycle it, but it is important to only put the items listed below into your recycling cart!

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items you can recycle at home

put only these items in your at-home recycling carT 

clear and colored glass

Wine bottles, pasta sauce jars, etc.

Please be sure to wash and rinse glass.

Paper

Newspapers, magazines, construction paper, envelopes, etc.

metal

Soup cans, soda cans, tin foil, etc.

Please be sure to wash and rinse metal.

plastic

Water bottles, milk jugs, butter containers, etc.

Plastic MUST have the number 1-7 in a recycling triangle on it. 

Cardboard

Cereal boxes, pizza boxes, toilet paper rolls, etc.

Be sure to flatten the cardboard out to make room in the cart.

 

Drop off recycling

items you can take to recycle here!

   Detroit's drop off recycling facility

1331 Holden st, Detroit, mi 48202

 

hours of operation:

Monday & Wednesday 10 am to 6 pm

Saturday 9 am to 3 pm

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Paper

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plastic

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styrofoam

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cardboard

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metal

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glass

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books

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shredded paper

items you cannot recycle at home
not everything can be recycled at home. Place the items below in the regular trash. 
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food

plastic utensils

paper towel

juice boxes

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plastic bags

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candy wrappers

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used paper plates

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chip bags

 you can recycle household hazardous waste!

Take the items below items to:

2000 E. Ferry St, Detroit, MI

 

open to Detroit residents every 

Thursday from 7:30 am to 2 pm

4th Saturday of the month from 8 am to 2 pm

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paint cans

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televisions

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pesticides

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car batteries

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medication & sharps

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household cleaners

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aerosol cans

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microwaves

Complete list of acceptable HHW items: paint & paint products, aerosol cans, pesticides/herbicides, batteries (alkaline and auto), fluorescent tubes, propane cylinders, mercury, corrosives, medical sharps, OTC medicine, furniture polish, floor care products, gasoline, lighter fluid, kerosene, oil, antifreeze, fuel, pool chemicals, oxidizers, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, computer monitors, keyboards, microwave, mouse, computers, printers, fax machines, scanners, cable boxes, cell phones, typewriters, televisions, DVDs/VCRs, gaming units

For more information, visit the city of detroit's HHW website 

Other ways to get recycling carts

Recycling Workshops

  • Attend a recycling workshop

  • Learn about Detroit's new curbside recycling program

  • Learn how to practice the 3 R’s - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

For attending the workshop residents will receive a FREE RECYCLING CART!

*Must be a single family home or apartment up to 4 units for eligibility.

Interested in hosting a recycling workshop?

  • Call our office or click the button!

313-871-4000 ext. 3 

OR

email info@GreenLivingScience.org for more information.

 
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Order for $25 from your waste hauler

WEST SIDE

 

Waste Management is your contractor.

Sign up for a cart online by clicking here


OR

 

call (844) 2-DETROIT (233-8764).

EAST AND SOUTHWEST SIDE

 

GFL Environmental is your contractor. 

Order your cart online by clicking here

 

OR

contact GFL Customer Care center at

(844) 464-3587.