Waste Removal

The Residential Refuse, Recycling and Yard Waste Brochure
The City produces a downloadable brochure to help explain the City's waste removal services. Most of the information on the brochure can be found below. However, if you would like to download a copy for your home use, visit the Residential Refuse, Recycling and Yard Waste brochure.

Following, please find information on the City's:
• Residential Refuse Collection
• Curbside Recycling Program
• Yard Waste Collection
• Yard Waste Reduction Tips
• Free SOCRRA Recycling Drop-Off Center

If you should have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Oak Park Department of Public Works at (248) 691-7497.

Residential Refuse

COLLECTION
Weekly refuse collection begins at 7:00 am. Refuse should not be set out before noon on the day prior to collection day. Containers should be placed at the curb. They cannot be placed in the street or on the sidewalk. Containers cannot be left out later than noon the day after collection day.

Collection occurs on Thursday and Friday dependent upon where you reside. Please refer to the map below to determine which day is your designated collection day.

Thurs Friday

If you live WEST of Coolidge, your collection day is THURSDAY
If you live EAST of Coolidge, your collection day is FRIDAY

HOLIDAY COLLECTIONS

When one of the following holidays fall on a weekday, collection for the holiday and remaining days of the week will be delayed one day:

• New Year's Day
• Memorial Day
• Independence Day
• Labor Day
• Thanksgiving Day
• Christmas 

REFUSE CONTAINERS
All refuse must be contained in a refuse can with handles and a lid (between 10 and 32 gallons in size) or in a plastic trash bag with a minimum thickness of 2 mills. Plastic trash bags must be tied at the top or bundled in such a way that they can be readily handled by a single collector. The combined weight of any receptacle and its contents must not exceed 60 pounds, while no bag can weigh more than 40 pounds. A special 95 gallon cart may be used if purchased from the City of Oak Park or from Tringali Sanitation. These 95 gallon cart containers properly connect to the trash collection truck.

BULK ITEMS
Carpeting and padding must be rolled and either tied or taped into bundles less than 4 feet long weighing 60 pounds
or less.

LARGE ITEMS
Household items such as furniture, appliances, mattresses, etc. are picked up separately. Up to three
large household items may be set out on your regular refuse collection day. Separate from regular refuse. Refrigerator doors must be removed and placed next to the unit for safety reasons. Place at the curb no later than 7:00 a.m. on refuse collection day.

RECYCLABLES
Curbside recycling pickup is scheduled for the same day as refuse collection. Recyclables must be placed
in containers approved by the Department of Public Works and recycling guidelines must be followed. 


Curbside Recycling

NEWSPAPERS, MAGAZINES, GLOSSY ADS, OFFICE PAPER, JUNK MAIL, AND MORE

Place ALL paper together in a brown paper bag or a see-thru plastic grocery bag.

Examples:
• Office paper - any color
• Junk mail - window envelopes
• Catalogues
• Glossy newspaper inserts
• Telephone books
• Manila folders
• Paperback books

PAPERBOARD BOXES
• Cereal boxes; food boxes; etc.
• Brown paper bags
• Remove all plastic, foil, and liners
• Milk cartons and drink boxes
• Flatten items and stuff lightly in biggest paperboard box OR place in brown paper grocery bag.

CORRUGATED CARDBOARD
Prepare your cardboard boxes in ONE of the following ways:
• Unfold, flatten and bundle boxes with tape or twine and place inside, next to or under bin. Bundles should be no larger than a standard recycling bin and have a 60 lb. limit.
• Unfold, flatten and stuff smaller boxes into a larger box (no larger than a standard recycling bin) along with other paper/cardboard and place inside or next to bin. Be sure to fill the larger box.

PLASTIC CONTAINERS
• All plastic containers that fit in your bin
• Clean
• No caps

GLASS BOTTLES AND JARS
• Clean
• Clear, brown, blue and green
• Metal lids can remain on
• No ceramics, mirrors, coffee cups, plates, or window glass

METAL CANS AND SMALL METAL ITEMS
• Cans
• Aluminum trays
• Pie tins
• Metal lids
• Metal hangers
• Pots and pans
• Faucets
• Pipes
• Other small metal items

HOUSEHOLD BATTERIES
• Place in a clear plastic bag inside bin.
• No automotive batteries in bin (take these to SOCRRA Drop-Off Center).

EMPTY PAINT AND AEROSOL CANS

• Paint cans must be empty.
• Remove paint can lids and place loose in the bin (see below for more information).
• DO NOT puncture or remove ends of aerosol cans

LATEX PAINT INSTRUCTIONS
Please DO NOT bring water-based latex paint to the household hazardous waste drop-off as it is hazardous. Instead, follow these steps for curbside disposal.
1. Dry latex paint in a well-ventilated area, away from children and pets.
2. If necessary, add absorbent material such as kitty litter or sawdust.
3. When dry, put the paint can into the regular refuse.
4. If the pain can is dry and empty, remove the lid and place the empty can in the recycling bin.

RECYCLING BINS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE
Recycling bins may be purchased from the Water Department, Recreation Department, and Library. Large families may wish to have two or event three bins to hold their recyclables. The bin container is $8.00 and the cover is $4.00.


Yard Waste 

Notice to Residents:

YARD WASTE  MUST BE  SEPARATED FROM REGULAR REFUSE

In accordance with state law, branches, leaves, hedge trimmings, grass clippings and other yard waste must be separated from regular refuse at all times of the year. Yard waste recycling conserves landfill space, helps the environment, and saves money. Curbside yard waste collection begins the first week of April and ends the third week of December. During winter months, residents can bring their shrubs, bags of leaves, grass or brush bundles (up to 10 filled yard bags or bundles per home per day) to the SOCRRA Transfer Station at 995 Coolidge (across from Meijer).
Hours are Monday through Friday 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturday 7 a.m. - 2 p.m.

REQUIREMENTS
• Regular trash containers that are no larger than 32-gallon size
• Recycling bin with newspapers (inside, on, or beside bin)
• Yard waste can with decal or a 30-gallon size brown Kraft paper bag

BRUSH AND YARD WASTE PICKUP

YARD WASTE: Yard waste includes grass clippings, leaves, small twigs (1/4 inch in diameter or less), shrub trimmings, weeds, and general yard and garden waste materials. Separate yard waste from regular refuse and set out for pick up in either a 30-gallon brown paper kraft bag or a refuse can with an Oak Park Yard Waste Recycling decal attached. Decals are available at the Water Department or the Department of Public Works.

LARGE BRANCHES/BRUSH: Large branches and brush will be collected from the first Monday in April through mid-December. Holiday trees will be collected through the second week of January. Branches less than 6 inches in diameter and between 4 feet and 8 feet in length may be stacked and set out at the curb for pickup by the chipper truck. Branches should be stacked with the cut ends facing the same direction. The following materials, however, are NOT ALLOWED for curbside brush pickup: material produced by commercial landscapers and tree trimmers and materials produced from tree removal projects (including stumps, logs, and roots removed by the resident or a private firm.)

SMALL BRANCHES/BRUSH: Branches and woody materials that are less than 1 ½ inches in diameter can also be cut into 4 to 4 ½ foot lengths, bundled with twine and placed at the curb to be collected as trash. (40 lb. weight limit per bundle).

FREE WOOD CHIPS AND SOCRRA COMPOST: Wood chips and compost are available for pick up at the Oak Park Ice Arena parking lot, located at 14200 Oak Park Boulevard, Oak Park, Mich.


Waste Reduction Tips
 
AT THE STORE:
• Buy in bulk
• Look for products with minimal packaging
• Buy containers made from recycled materials
• Buy containers which can be recycled when empty
• Bring your own shopping bag
• Avoid disposables

AT HOME:
• Reuse containers for storage
• Reuse wrapping paper, gift bags and plastic bags
• Repair old items before purchasing new
• Donate clothes, furniture, appliances and toys to local charities
• Support rummage sales and garage sales
• Borrow or rent items you use infrequently


Free SOCRRA Recycling Drop-Off Center

Founded in the 1950's, SOCRRA is a municipal corporation that consists of twelve member municipalities, including Oak Park. SOCRRA provides both curbside and drop-off residential recycling programs to each of its member communities. On average, SOCRRA recycle 13,000 tons of paper, plastic, metal, and glass recyclables at the curb each year. For every ton  of recyclables collected by SOCRRA, member communities earn a "cash" rebate. By participating in our community's recycling program, residents help to offset costs to operate recycling and trash collection services. Recycling avoids disposal costs, and provides revenue sharing on the sale of recyclables once they are sorted and processed by SOCRRA.

For more information on SOCRRA, visit their website at http://www.socrra.org/.

SOCRRA map

Contact Information:

SOCRRA

995 Coolidge (between 14 Mile and Maple, across from Meijer)
Troy, MI 48084
(248) 288-5150
Website: http://www.socrra.org/

MATERIAL ACCEPTED AT DROP-OFF CENTER
Open Monday thru Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday between 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
No appointment is necessary
SOCCRA accepts all materials listed above, plus:

• Large batteries from cars, trucks, boats, etc.
• DVD's CD's video cassettes
• Hardcover books
• Used clothing, shoes, blankets and toys
• Plastic bags
• Styrofoam

PAPER SHREDDER AT DROP-OFF CENTER
Open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Saturday between 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Bring personal documents and shred them yourself for free. Shredder handles 40 sheets at a time. Please remove paper clips. 

HAZARDOUS MATERIAL ACCEPTED AT DROP-OFF CENTER
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
No appointment is necessary

Hazardous material allowed for drop-off:
• Oil-based paints or chemical solvents
• Garden chemicals
• Oils
• Automotive products
• Household cleaners
• Insulin syringes
• Florescent light bulbs
• Other hazardous materials from homes

ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT RECYCLING 
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
No appointment is necessary

Electronic items allowed for drop off:

• Computers
• Television sets
• Telephones
• Copy and fax machines
• Stereo, radios, VCRs, etc.