The following items are able to be recycled in your community. All items may be placed into your bin or cart without being sorted.
- Plastic Containers with Lids – examples include: all narrow-neck and wide-mouth plastic bottles and containers #1, #2, #4, #5 #6 (NO Styrofoam), #7.
- #2 Bulky Plastics – examples include: cat litter buckets, large plastic pails, and molded kid’s furniture.
- Newspaper, Magazines and Catalogs
- Junk Mail, Office Paper and Phonebooks
- Cardboard and Boxboard – examples include: pizza boxes, shipping boxes, and food boxes. Flatten as needed.
- Paper drink cartons – Empty, plastic-coated paper beverage cartons such as milk and juice cartons. Remove caps and straws. Do not flatten.
- Glass bottles and Jars – all colors are accepted and lids and labels are acceptable
- Household metals – examples include: empty cans, foil, pans and small scrap metal
Items NOT accepted in your curbside recycling container
- Plastic bags
- Polystyrene Foam (Sytrofoam)
- Plastic and metal clothing and coat hangers
- Plastic cutlery and straws
- Facial tissue, toilet paper, paper towel, napkins
Preparation of your recycling
As technology improves, we have been able to require much less preparation of the recyclables for pick-up. No longer must a resident remove labels or caps from food containers. Here are a few tips on how to make your recycling as easy as possible:
- Please rinse containers. We’re not looking for perfection; we just want to keep odors and pest problems at a minimum.
- Labels do not need to be removed.
- Keep caps on plastic bottles and containers.
- Place all recycling items loose into your bin/cart.
- Please don’t place items into plastic bags. This will just make more work for the employees who separate the materials at the Southfield Materials Recovery Facility, where much sorting is done by hand. Watch this RRRASOC video to see for yourself.
- You may wish to flatten cardboard or paperboard boxes, to allow for more space in your bin/cart.