How to Package Different Types of Refuse
General GuidelinesWhen 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 ItemsThere are certain items that are not acceptable for curbside collection:
- Asbestos insulation
- Concrete (even if attached to something)
- Construction items
- Flammable products
- Hazardous Waste
- Infectious materials
- Light Bulbs: Flourescent and CFL
- Needles or Sharps
- Radioactive items
- Rear Axles
How to Dispose of Excluded Items
Excluded material must be disposed of privately. SOCRRA, located at 995 Coolidge, Troy (across from the Meijer gas station) is the closest location, visit their website at www.socrra.org or call 248) 288-5150 for location, hours, rates and procedures. Or residents may dispose of excluded materials 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, padding and tack strips for curbside pick-up.
Find out how to dispose of concrete, brick, stones, etc.
Learn how to properly dispose of fencing, privacy, chain link, etc.
Learn how to discard household furniture.
Broken glass, whole glass, glass and shower doors, mirrors and windows all require different preparation for pick-up.
This is a link to the household hazardous waste disposal
Latex paint and oil based paint have different requirements for disposal.
Find out how to package your recyclables properly for curbside pick-up.
Learn more about disposing of your yard waste, such as grass clippings, leaves, and weeds.