How to Package Different Types of Refuse

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General Guidelines

When preparing your material for curbside collection, please note the following: 
  • The refuse collector is not allowed to reach into any container to dislodge contents.
  • The weight of any refuse bag/can or bundled item cannot exceed 40 pounds, yard waste cans cannot exceed 50 pounds.
  • Rubbish and yard waste containers can only be 20 - 32 gallon (maximum size) or for rubbish only in 20 - 30 gallon plastic bags.  Undersized containers (20 gallons and under) may be considered expendable and may be thrown out with the rubbish.
  • Yard waste cannot be mixed with trash at any time per State Law.
  • Rubbish, yard waste, recycling and bulk items need to be out by 7:00 a.m. per ordinance.  The waste hauler can change routes at any time and if items were not out collection would have to wait until your next collection day.

Excluded Curbside Items

There are certain items that are not acceptable for curbside collection:
  • Asbestos insulation
  • Bricks
  • Concrete (even if attached to something)
  • Construction items
  • Dirt
  • Engines
  • Explosives
  • Flammable products
  • Infectious materials
  • Liquids
  • Light Bulbs: Flourescent and CFL
  • Hazardous waste
  • Radioactive items
  • Root balls
  • Sod
  • Stumps
  • Tires
  • Transmissions
  • Rear Axles

How to Dispose of Excluded Items

​Excluded material must be disposed of privately.  SOCRRA, located at 995 Coolidge, Troy is the closest location, their website is or call 248) 288-5150 for location, hours, rates and procedures.  Or residents may dispose of themselves (i.e. taking to landfill, getting a dumpster, contacting a store that takes recyclable material, etc).
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