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  • Regular trash collection is every Thursday.
  • Recyclables will be collected every other Thursday.
  • Bulk pickup will be collected every other Thursday of the same weeks that recyclables are collected
  • Yard waste collection is seasonal. It begins in April and ends in early December on the same schedule as bulk pickup.
Holiday Schedule
If any of the following holidays is on or before Thursday, the regularly scheduled pickup will be on Friday. If any of the following holidays is on or before Friday, the regularly scheduled pickup will be on Saturday.
  • New Year’s Day
  • Martin Luther King Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day



Weekly Refuse Collection

In order for everyone’s waste to be regularly collected, each household should follow these dos and don’ts:
  • DO put your container at curbside by 7 a.m. on your pickup day, and remove it by 9 p.m.
  • DO NOT put your container out before 6 p.m. the day before your pickup day.
  • DO NOT put refuse outside of your container. Only items placed inside your container will be collected.
  • DO NOT place any unwrapped garbage, including liquids and food, inside the container. All refuse must be bagged before placing it in the container.
  • DO NOT overfill your container. All refuse must fit inside of the container.
  • DO NOT place concrete, yard waste, dirt, plaster or other heavy items in your container.
  • DO follow all refuse guidelines, or you could face fines up to $1,000 per day.

Container Storage
Pursuant to City of Detroit Ordinance # 22-2-43
Residents must store their container on their property, in either the side or rear yard. The container cannot be stored at the curb, in the front yard or on the front porch. Storage in this manner allows the premises to be maintained in an orderly, aesthetically pleasing manner that will help the resident and the City in its efforts to keep Detroit clean. The container has a hinged lid that opens and shuts easily and is designed to keep odors in, but rain and rodents out.

Bulk Collection

Bulk items should weigh no more than 1000 pounds or exceed one cubic yard in volume. One cubic yard of bulk is about the size of a couch, stove or refrigerator. Bulk items totaling more than one cubic yard or weighing more than 1,000 pounds will not be collected, and the homeowner and tenant will be subject to a fine of up to $10,000. NO CONSTRUCTION DEBRIS

Examples of BULK ITEMS
  • Furniture
  • Mattresses
  • Appliances
  • Carpeting
  • Brush (No longer than 8 feet & no thicker than 8 inches)
  • Automotive Tires (4 or less)
  • DO NOT put refuse out on your bulk collection day.
  • DO NOT put any items in cardboard boxes. Cardboard boxes must be flattened for collection.
  • DO NOT put remodeling or construction debris out for bulk pickup.
  • DO put bulk items at your curbside by 7 a.m. on your collection date, but no earlier than 6 p.m. on the day before your collection.
  • DO follow all bulk item guidelines, or you could face fines up to $10,000.
Trash in Sherwood Forest is collected by Advanced Disposal. Please contact Advanced Disposal at:

Items accepted in Detroit’s curbside recycling program

EXAMPLES: Newspaper; magazines; catalogues; color ad inserts; office paper; household writing paper of all types, colors, and sizes; junk mail; telephone books; envelopes; non-metallic gift wrapping paper; paper bags; card stock; brochures; postcards

Corrugated cardboard 
EXAMPLES: appliance, pizza boxes

EXAMPLES: cereal boxes, memo pad backs, frozen food boxes

Aseptic containers
EXAMPLES: Milk cartons and juice boxes

Tin, aluminum containers
EXAMPLES: pet food cans, metal lids, food and beverage containers/cans, empty aerosol cans, coffee cans

Glass food and beverage bottles and jars – all colors, lids are acceptable
EXAMPLES: wine bottles, jelly jars, ketchup bottles

All plastic bottles and jugs marked with the “chasing arrow” symbols #1-7
EXAMPLES: plastic milk jugs, water bottles, detergent bottles, dish liquid bottles, shampoo bottles, medicine and vitamin bottles, yogurt tubs, margarine tubs, frozen concentrated juice containers, Folgers coffee containers, microwave freezer trays, berry boxes (“clamshell containers”), salad/carryout boxes.

Bulky plastics marked with the “chasing arrow” symbols #1-7
EXAMPLES: buckets (metal handle ok), kitty litter buckets, milk crates, laundry baskets, pet carriers, empty garbage cans, empty planters
  • Make sure items are clean and dry
  • Rinse food residue
  • DO NOT put recyclables in plastic bags—place items directly in your container!
  • Be sure plastics have chasing arrow symbol
  • Break down boxes to save space in your container!

Please do NOT put these items in your recycling container:
Garbage; food; liquid; Styrofoam™; plastic bags; syringes (needles/sharps) or any medical waste; light bulbs; ceramics; paper cups, plates, napkins, tissue products, hand towels; food wrappers; batteries, motor oil, filters, paint, toxics; electronics; fabric, clothes, pillows; rubber; window blinds; diapers; PVC pipe; vinyl siding; hoses; plastic lids.

Yard Waste

Advanced Disposal will collect yard waste on every other Thursday.

The collection will occur from mid-April through the first week in December.

Advanced Disposal will pick up yard waste — leaves, grass clippings, and twigs — in the same weeks as your scheduled recycling and bulk pickup.

Dates of Christmas tree collection will be announced annually.

All yard waste must be placed at the curb in biodegradable paper bags. Residents who set out yard waste more than 24 hours before their scheduled pickup will be subject to a fine.

  • DO place your yard waste at the curb by 7 a.m. on your bulk collection day at least six feet away from your bulk items.
  • DO NOT put yard waste out more than 24 hours before weekly collection day.
  • DO place your material in biodegradable paper yard bags, which can be purchased at a local hardware or grocery store.
  • DO NOT place yard waste in your Courville trash container.
  • DO NOT put yard waste in plastic bags.  DPW will not collect yard waste in plastic bags.
Trash in Sherwood Forest is collected by Advanced Disposal. Please contact Advanced Disposal at:

Bulk and Recycling Drop Off Locations

Residents can bring their bulk and recycling items free of charge to the following drop-off locations. Please note that all locations except J Fons Transfer Station are closed from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Davison Yard
8221 West Davison
Tuesday – Saturday
10:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. April – October
8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. November – March

Southfield Yard
12255 Southfield Service Drive
Monday – Saturday
10:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. April – October
8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. November – March

State Fair Yard  
19715 John R
Tuesday – Saturday
10:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. April – October
8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. November – March

5840 Anthon 
Between Cavalry and Campbell
Tuesday – Saturday
10:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. April – October
8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. November – March

J Fons Transfer Station 
6451 E. McNichols
Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
(closed from 12:30-1:30p.m.)

Recycle Here!

Recycle Here! operates a number of mobile recycling sites throughout the city on Saturdays. Have an item that isn’t accepted curbside? Recycle Here! locations accept Styrofoam, light bulbs, plastic bags, and batteries, cooking oil/grease & electronics also accepted. Visit to learn more.

Main Location
1331 Holden Ave
Detroit, MI 48202
Wednesday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

These drop-off locations are open to Detroit residents only with proper identification. Residents are limited to one load per household per day, not to exceed one cubic yard or 1,000 pounds. The City will not accept demolition, construction, or remodeling debris (including shingles), household or commercial garbage, or tree stumps.

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