How To Recycle

The Township is frequently asked about proper discarding of recyclable or hazardous waste items.  This guide is intended to help you properly dispose of these materials in an environmentally friendly manner.  You are encouraged to contact your contracted waste hauler to answer any questions about specific items that are permitted for pick-up at your curb-side, including recyclables.

Twice a year the Township sponsors a Hazardous Waste Recycling Event—one in the Spring and one in the Fall.  This service is free to our residents.  Flyers, typically sent out in advance, and the Township website, provide details regarding this event and the specific items that will be accepted.  If you are unable to attend this event, or not able to hold items until the event occurs, this guide may provide you with some alternatives.

Gently used Clothing, Furniture, and Household Goods:  Please consider donating these items to one of the local charities, such as St. Vincent de Paul Society, Salvation Army, Purple Heart, or Goodwill.    Many charities such as these are often willing to come to your home for pick-up of items.

Salvation Army  Purple Heart  Goodwill

Don’t need it? Donate it! Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County ReStores are home improvement outlets and donation centers that sell new and gently used furniture, appliances, cabinets, paint and other items for renovations and do-it-yourself projects at a fraction of the retail price. When you donate your items to Habitat Oakland ReStores, you not only give your items a second home and keep them out of landfills, but all proceeds support Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County’s mission of building homes, communities and hope in Oakland County.

View web site for more information:

Latex Paint:  This is a non-hazardous material that can be easily disposed of either by air drying or by pouring cat litter or sand into the paint can and waiting for it to be absorbed into the cat litter or sand.  (As soon as the paint has dried, empty the contents of the can into the regular trash.  Separately place the paint can with the lid off on the curb for disposal.)

Oil-based Paint:  This is hazardous waste that must be disposed of at a Hazardous Waste Site.

Paint Solvent, Glue (solvent based), Wood Preservative, Varnish:  These are hazardous waste materials that must be disposed of at a Hazardous Waste Site.

Fungicides, Herbicides, Insecticides, Pesticides, Bug Spray:  These are hazardous waste materials that must be disposed of at a Hazardous Waste Site.

Aerosol Cans:  These are hazardous waste and should be disposed of at a Hazardous Waste Site.

Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFLs): are the new energy efficient and cost effective lighting alternative to regular incandescent light bulbs.  At each “The Home Depot” store, customers can simply bring in any burned out, unbroken CFL bulbs, place them in a plastic bag and deposit them both into a collection unit at no cost. Customers will be able to locate the CFL receptacle on the front end of the store near the entrance, by the Returns desk or near the exit doors inside the store.

Fluorescent Light Tubes:  This is hazardous waste that must be left in tact and disposed of at a Hazardous Waste Site.

Disposal of a broken fluorescent light bulb:  If a light bulb breaks, open a window to let vapors escape and leave the room for fifteen minutes. Wear disposable rubber gloves, and clean up the area with a wet paper towel or single-use wipe. Double plastic bag everything for disposal in your regular garbage.

Car Batteries:  Firestone Complete Auto Care – 6725 Orchard Lake Road, West Bloomfield – (248) 626-2322 will accept car batteries free of charge.

Gasoline, Diesel Fuel, Kerosene:  This is hazardous waste that must be disposed of at a Hazardous Waste Site.

Motor Oil:  A variety of oil changing places accept up to 5 gallons of used motor oil free of charge: Firestone Complete Auto Care, Valvoline Instant Oil Change, Murray’s and Magpie Enterprises Inc.

Radiator Fluid:  Master Radiator – 2293 Elizabeth Lake Road, Waterford – (248) 682-4490 will accept radiator fluid free of charge. 

Tires:  Whole tires are banned from the landfills. They will not be picked up with household trash. Tire piles are fire hazards and breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Please properly dispose of old tires.  Belle Tire - Commerce (248) 926-8600, Darrell's Firestone - Farmington (248) 477-9090 and Northwest Tune-Up Mobile - Farmington Hills (248) 553-4080 all take old tires for a small fee.

  • Wheels for Wishes ( ) – 2000 Town Center, Suite 1900, Southfield, MI, 48075, 1-855-370-9474 . At no charge, we tow away old, broken down vehicles and either recycle or auction them so that proceeds benefit your local Make-A-Wish Michigan.
  • Kids Car Donations accepts both working and non-working vehicles to provide assistance to children and teens who are confronted with physical, mental, and emotional challenges:
  • Veteran Car Donations accepts both working and non-working vehicles to provide assistance to veterans and their families.

Household Batteries:
  Batteries Plus at 30760 Orchard Lake Road – Farmington (between 13 & 14 Mile Roads) (248) 737-9140 accepts all household batteries free of charge.

Best Buy

Items Accepted:  Every U.S. Best Buy store has kiosks, just inside the door, for you to drop off TV's, CRT's, Monitors (up to 32”), DVD Players, Cameras, Computers, Laptops, Stereo Systems, Inkjet Cartridges, Batteries, Cell Phones, CDs/DVDs, PDAs, Smartphones and Best Buy gift cards.  (up to 2 items/ household per day).  Fees may apply. View details

Staples Stores 
All locations accept computers, monitors, laptops and printers for recycling. Fees may apply. View details

High Tech Recycling
37 West Yale Avenue, Pontiac, Michigan 48340
Monday - Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Cost: Free Drop Offs (TV's & Monitors: Small fee)
Phone: 248-270-5842

Computer Recycling:  Nationwide Laser Technologies – (248) 488-0155, or Dump Junk – (888) 386-7586 are other options for computer recycling.

Ink Cartridges:  These items may be re-filled at a fraction of the cost of new ones at several home office retailers, Nationwide Laser Technologies in Farmington Hills – (248) 488-0155, and even retailers such as Walgreen’s.  Some schools collect cartridges for fundraising purposes, as well.

Propane Tanks:  Home Depot, Lowe’s, Meijer, and most gas stations have a propane tank trade-in program.  If you want to dispose of a spare propane tank, the This Is It Shop on Orchard Lake Road, West Bloomfield – (248) 737-2377 will accept empty tanks for free.

“Coleman” Propane Cylinders:  These tanks (generally used for camping) can be discarded in trash provided they are completely empty.  Coleman now provides a special “Green Key Tool” to help to ensure tanks are completely empty.  See website for details:

Disposal of Appliances containing Freon:  Golden Refrigerant – 12901 Newburgh Rd, Livonia, (734) 793-1400.  Accepts refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners and dehumidifiers for a fee of $32/unit.  They do not provide a pick-up service.

Freon Removal from Refrigerators/Freezers:  Items that have had the Freon removed and tagged by a certified technician generally can be put at the curbside for pick-up.  Contact your waste hauler for information regarding special pick-up directions.

 Keitz & Sons  Maple Appliance
 Highland, MI    Sylvan Lake, MI
 (248) 887-1734    (248) 253-9200
 Starting at $55/unit  Starting at $95/unit

  Starting sometime in 2010, both DTE Energy and Consumer’s Energy will be offering their electric customers an appliance recycling program (for old, but working refrigerators and freezers).  Working refrigerators and freezers, that are more than 15 years old, use up four times more energy than today’s appliances.  Customers of either of these companies will be able to schedule a pick-up of their appliance and receive a $30 - $50 rebate for recycling in an environmentally safe manner and to help reduce energy costs.

Consumer Energy customers: call (877) 270-3519 for more information

DTE Energy customers:  call (866) 796-0512 for more information and Offers/Appliance Recycling

Freon Removal from Air Conditioners:  Items that have had the Freon removed and tagged by a certified technician generally can be put at the curbside for pick-up.  Contact your waste hauler for information regarding special pick-up directions.

 Kotz Heating and Cooling  Kotz Heating and Cooling
 Waterford, MI  Commerce / Walled Lake, MI
 (248) 674-4999  (248) 360-4101

Expired Medications:
  Please do not discard medications down the toilet or sink, unless the label accompanying patient information specifically instructs you to do so.  Medicines that are flushed become part of the water supply.  This is hazardous waste and should be discarded at a Hazardous Waste Site that collects drugs at a central location for proper disposal.

The West Bloomfield Police Department  participates in a prescription drug "take back" program called Operation Medicine Cabinet.  They accept prescription drugs 24 hours a day seven days a week.

Sharps, Syringes:  Sharps can go in your regular trash. Please take the time to follow these safety steps:
1. Clip your needles.
2. Place the needles in a HARD plastic bottle. Tape the lid shut, and mark the container "SYRINGES".
3. Place the container in a garbage bag and into the trash. NEVER put sharps containers in your recycling bin.

Paper Cups: Paper Cup Alliance

Paper Shredding:  The following are businesses that provide shredding services for a fee.

 E-Shred  Shred-Corp  Shred Legal  Eco Shred
 Farmington, MI  Madison Heights, MI  Novi, MI  Southfield, MI
 (248) 478-6600  (248) 577-0928  (248) 449-6119  (248) 746-3636

Paper Recycling:
  ABITIBI dumpsters are located in many of the school parking lots. The schools collect catalogs, magazines, newspaper, junk mail, office paper, fax paper, and folders. Please DO NOT place cardboard or phonebooks or plastic in the dumpsters.  By placing your paper waste into the dumpsters for collection and recycling, the specific schools collect monthly monetary checks. The dumpsters are there all year long and your paper can be dropped off at your convenience.

Textbooks, Books, Paper & Plastic Wrap:   These items can be recycled at Royal Oak Waste Paper & Metal Co. located at 414 E. Hudson in Royal Oak – (248) 541-4020.  Allen Blum Co., Inc. of  4333 Westover Ct, West  Bloomfield – (248) 851-9515 is another paper recycling company.

Gently used hardcover and soft cover books (excluding textbooks) can be dropped off at the Main Library’s used book drop box for their used book sales.

Lawn Mowers, Metals & Scrap Metals:  FTP Pontiac at 500 Collier Road in Pontiac  - (248) 335-8141 will pay a small amount for aluminum, copper, brass, bronze, iron, steel, stainless white metals.  Royal Oak Waste Paper & Metal Co. located at 414 E. Hudson Ave. in Royal Oak – (248) 541-4020 - will buy ferrous and non-ferrous metals in the from of scrap plumbing, electrical wiring, carbide, aluminum siding, aluminum rims, and appliances without Freon.  Pick-up service is available.

Bullets:  Bullets cannot be placed in the trash for regular disposal.  For proper disposal, please contact the Police Department at (248) 975-9200.

Yard Waste:  These drop-off sites all have fees associated:

 Arbor Hills  State Crushing Environmental Wood
 Tuthill Composting
 Northville  Auburn Hills Lake Orion  South Lyon
 (888) 353-3791  (248) 332-6210 (248) 391-9446  (734) 449-8100
  Accepts leaves, brush, logs, wood, top soil, sod, etc. Accepts wood pallets, tree stumps, brush, crates, woodchips, etc.  

Please note that your contracted hauler/waste service provider does pick up yard waste weekly, starting the first Monday on or after April 1st through the last week of November, on the same day of the contractor collects solid waste and recyclables.  Yard waste must be in brown paper yard waste bags or loose in trash cans up to 30 gallons clearly marked “Yard Waste” or “Compost.”

Yard Waste includes: leaves, grass clippings, garden debris, shrubbery, weeds, lake weeds, flowers, bush or tree trimmings less than 3’ in length and 2” in diameter.    Note:  Larger diameter logs less than 4” in diameter and less than 4’ in length may be put in the trash for Solid Waste.

RV Dump Stations:

Asphalt, Concrete, Brick, Rocks and other Construction Debris: The following businesses accept bricks and concrete for a fee.

 Michigan Crushed Concrete  State Crushing  Palazzolo Concrete Removal
 Redford  Auburn Hills  Macomb
 (313) 534-1500  (248) 332-6210  (586) 221-3473
 Concrete, asphalt, brick, dirt  Concrete, bricks, yard waste, wood  Will come on site and remove concrete

Hazardous Waste Sites: These companies accept household hazardous waste materials for a fee:

 Environmental Recycling Group  Scrap Dog Recycling & Salvage  
 Livonia, MI  Waterford, MI                        Fenton, MI  
 (734) 437-9650  (248) 335-7480                     (810) 629-1297  
 Hazardous waste, batteries, computers  Applicances, Electronics, Grills, Metal  
   HVAC/Plumbing/Electrical Equiptment,  
   Vehicles or Parts, Wire, Wheels  
   Batteries, Boats, Trailers and more  
   ** Will pay you for some of the items above **  

Landfills, Transfer Stations:  Fees apply

 Arbor Hills  Oakland Heights Development  Eagle Valley Recycle & Disposal
 Northville  Auburn Hills  Lake Orion
 (888) 353-3791  (248) 373-2334  (800) 796-9696


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