How to Package Different Types of Refuse
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
- Concrete (even if attached to something)
- Construction items
- Flammable products
- Infectious materials
- Light Bulbs: Flourescent and CFL
- Hazardous waste
- Radioactive items
- Root balls
- 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 www.socrra.org 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).
A separate truck picks up large bulky items such as appliances, hot water tanks, etc., on the same day as your regular refuse collection.
Learn more about disposing of tree branches, shrubs or hedge-type bushes, without root system, between 2 and 5 inches in diameter. Brush chipping service is also available for a fee.
Learn how to property prepare carpeting and other similar padding for curbside pick-up.
Broken glass, whole glass, and glass doors and windows all require different preparation for pick-up.
SOCRRA handles materials such as, but not limited to, motor oil, pesticides, fluorescent and CFL light bulbs, medicines, syringes, varnishes, and paints.
Latex paint and oil based paint have different requirements for their disposal.
Find out how to package your recyclables properly for curbside pick-up.
Find out how to package your contained garbage and other household materials for pick-up.
Learn more about disposing of your yard waste, such as grass clippings, leaves, and weeds.