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Refuse, recycling and yard waste (when in season) collection is performed by an outside contractor, GFL Environmental and is administered through the Department of Public Service. GFL Environmental may be reached at:
 GFL Environmental
 6200 Elmridge
 Sterling Heights, MI 48313
 Phone: 866-772-8900

How Is Pick-Up Paid For?

Trash, recycling and yard waste (when in season) is included in your taxes.

General Regulations

Refuse, recycling and yard waste (when in season) is collected once each week. Collection is between 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Have all material placed at the curb no later than 7:00 a.m. or after 5:00 p.m. the night before your collection day per ordinance. Emptied containers must be removed from the curb as soon as possible after collection.

Please note that:
  • The contractor is not allowed to reach into any container to dislodge contents.
  • The waste hauler can change routes at any time and if material is not out by 7:00 a.m. then it will need to wait until your next collection day.
  • All material must be contained, no loose trash.
  • The weight of any refuse bag cannot exceed 40 pounds each, trash container cannot exceed 60 pounds each and yard waste containers cannot exceed 50 pounds. Other items must be put out accordingly. Please call the Department of Public Service at (248) 246-3300 with questions.
  • Rubbish and yard waste containers can only be between 20 - 32 gallon (maximum size) or for rubbish 20 - 30 gallon plastic bags.  Undersized containers/bags (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 due to State law.  
  • No sharps please.