Refuse & Recycling Information


HOLIDAY GARBAGE PICK UP SCHEDULE:
No Pick Up For The Following:
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day 
Thanksgiving Day 
Christmas Day 
New Year's Day

When a holiday falls during the week, the collection schedules are moved to the following day. For example, when a holiday falls on Monday, normal Monday trash collection will be on Tuesday and by the end of the week Friday trash collection will be on Saturday.
Regular schedule will resume the following week.

TRASH BAGS FOR SALE:

Garbage bags are available for $16.00 per box.  A box contains 100, 30-gallon plastic bags that are heavy duty (2 mil).  Bags may be purchased at Finance Department at City Hall (300 W. 13 Mile).  Prices are subject to change without notice.


RECYCLING IN THE HEIGHTS

Recycling is mandatory in Madison Heights. The City is now selling the container and lid $13.50 and may be purchased at Finance Department at City Hall (300 W. 13 Mile)..   We recommend that you put your address on both the lid and bin in case they are separated such as on windy days. Separate your recycling container from your regular refuse by 3 feet.  All recycling items must be placed inside the container for pickup.

 

REFUSE IN THE HEIGHTS

Below are a few guidelines to follow as you prepare your refuse for pickup.  GFL Environmental is the City’s contractor and will pick up almost anything if it is packaged correctly. Refuse and recycling bins MUST be out by 7:00 a.m. on your garbage day and out no earlier than 12 hours prior to pick up. Refuse containers need to be removed within 12 hours after pick up.  Containers must not exceed fifty (50) pounds in weight or be larger than 32 gallons.  GFL Environmental
may be reached at 1-844-464-3587 or by Email at gfluscustomerservice@gflenv.com

Are you unsure about which day is your normal trash collection day?  Click this link for the Daily Garbage Pick-Up Map 

WE PICK UP:

  • Appliances & Bathroom Fixtures 
      • Refrigerators, Stoves, Washers & Dryers - take all doors & lids off
    • Picked up on regular trash day
        Bathtubs, Sinks, Toilets, Hot Water Tanks (not if cast iron).

    Furniture 
    • Couches, Chairs
    • Beds, Mattresses & Box Springs.
    Carpet & Padding   
          Cut into 3-4 foot widths
      Must be rolled, folded, & tied
    • Manageable for one person to handle.
    Miscellaneous
    • Garage Door - Cut into sections, tie in bundles that one person can handle
      Glass Windows - Picked up / not recycled
      Railroad Ties & Wooden Fencing - Cut into 3-foot lengths/bundle; set out some each week (no more than 50 pounds)
      Car tires – must be cut in fourths or they will not be collected due to State law. Residents may also take them to a tire dealer and pay to have them disposed of.
      Insulin Needles - See Medical Sharps Program below
      Latex Paint: completely hardened with lids off and set out with regular trash.

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    carpet

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WE DON'T PICK UP: tub 

    • Tires that are not cut in half
    • Any Car Parts 
    • Bricks, Shingles (Roof), Drywall or Building Materials 
    • Cement, even if attached to something - Call Fiores Crushed Concrete at (586) 939-6200 
    • Aluminum Foil - not recyclable
    • Cast Iron Bathtubs logs
    • Paint cans with wet paint still in them (take off lid & let it dry; add cat litter to speed drying) 
    • Propane Tanks (both large & small) - Call VanDyke Gas at (586) 757-8500
    • Sod, Logs, Rootballs, Tree Stumps
  • No bottle or can that has a 10 cent Michigan deposit on it can be thrown away in the garbage. Due to a new State law, it must be either returned for cash or recycled.

 


garbagecanRUBBISH ORDINANCE

The City's Rubbish Ordinance only allows for containers with a maximum capacity of 32 gallons.  Please take a look at your containers to be sure they are no larger than 32 gallons.  If they are, please find another use for them and replace them with the proper size.  Thank you for your cooperation!

 



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HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE

Appointments to drop off your household hazardous waste can be made by contacting E.Q. (Environmental Quality) of Detroit, Inc., at 1-313-923-2240 or 1-800-495-6059.
This service is Free for residents of Madison Heights.

paintcans WHAT TO BRING:
  • Oil based paint, paint thinners, paint removers
  • Solvents, wood preservatives
  • Flammable liquids, corrosive acids, motor oil
  • Weed and feed, fungicides, pesticides, herbicides
  • Poisons.

LATEX PAINT is NOT a household hazardous waste.  Take the lid off, and let paint completely harden and set out with your regular trash with the lids off.


RIGHT OF REFUSAL

The Contractor has the right to inspect and refuse collection of items at curbside if:

  • Containers are too heavy (in excess of 50 pounds)
  • Containers are too large (in excess of 32 gallons)
  • Containers are too weak
  • The items are not generally accepted items.

 


GARAGE / BASEMENT CLEAN-OUT:
Cleaning out your garage or basement?  Please be reasonable in the amount of garbage that is put out in one week.  If you have collected items over the years and are interested in cleaning them out, instead of putting them out all at once, help the workers on the truck and put out some of the junk neatlyeach week for several weeks.  It's not just your home -- they pick up 9,500 homes per week!  Thanks for your help!

If the amount that you put out to be collected is significantly above the normal amount of garbage put out by the average homeowner or if it is put out incorrectly, you may be charged the additional fee of $20.00 per cubic yard for collection and disposal.  A little extra each week is collected at no additional cost.


 
Plastic Jugs & Bottles 
    • Clean
    • No caps

Glass Bottles & Jars

  • Clear,Brown,Green and Blue only.
  • Clean
  • Remove metal lids and place securely in a metal can

Metal

  • Cans, pie tins, metal lids, aluminum trays, metal clothes hangers, pots & pans, toasters, faucets, silverware, pipe, and other small metal items.
  • Must fit in recycling bin.
  • Place loose metal lids inside cans and bend so lids don't fall out.
Corrugated Cardboard, Paperboard, Boxboard   
    • Fold, flatten or cut into bundles no longer than 2' x 2' x 3' and TIE SECURELY.
    • Discard packing material, loose food or badly stained items.  Remove all food, cellophane, liners. 
  • No milk cartons, no drink boxes, no books.
  • Flatten paperboard and stuff tightly in biggest paperboard box and TIE SECURELY with string or use a strong rubber band.

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  • Magazines & Catalogs  
    • Glossy magazines and catalogs
    • Tie securely with string or use a strong rubber band.
  • Newspapers, Glossy Advertisements & Inserts  
  • Newsprint Ads
  • TIE SECURELY with string or place in brown paper grocery bag (place bag in recycling bin). paperbag
  • Brown Paper Grocery Bags
    • Fold and place inside another paper grocery bag.phonebooks
    • Place in recycling bin.
        Do not bundle with newpapers or magazines.  Keep dry inside recycling bin.
    batteries
Telephone Books
  • Household Batteries 
    • Place in  clear plastic bag inside bin.
    • NO automotive batteries.
 

ITEMS NOT ACCEPTABLE FOR RECYCLING:

  • carbatteryWindow Glass, Light Bulbs & Dishes
  • Ceramic Bulbs, Pyrex, Broken Glass (safety reasons) & Aluminum Foil
  • Plastic Bags & Microwave Dishes
  • Motor Oil Containers
  • Plastic Containers used for petroleum products 
  • Automotive Batteries.

OFFICE DEPOT OFFERS RECYCLING:

You can recycle your rechargeable batteries and wireless phones free of charge at Office Depot! The type of batteries includes: nickel cadmium, nickel metal hydride, lithium ion and small sealed lead rechargeable batteries weighing less than two pounds.  Additionally, cell phones are refurbished, recycled or resold, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.  Participating locations are 32706 Jon R in Madison Heights and 871 E. Big Beaver in Troy


RECREATIONAL VEHICLE WASTE DUMP STATIONS IN MICHIGAN:
http://www.rvdumps.com/dumpstations/michigan


MEDICAL SHARPS:
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For the disposal of medical sharps or syringes, use an empty liquid laundry detergent bottle.  When the bottle is full, secure the lid with tape and place in with your regular trash.

PLEASE: DO NOT place loose needles in your trash. It is against the law.


SPECIAL SERVICES:

If you want something picked up that is not normally picked up, call GFL Environmental at 1-844-464-3587. They will give you a price on disposal.  You may also call and arrange for disposal at a landfill yourself.