Recycling in the Heights

Recycling is mandatory in Madison Heights. The City is now selling the container and lid for $14.50. The container may be purchased at the Department of Public Services / Recreation in City Hall. 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.

Accepted Items

Plastic Jugs & Bottles

  • Clean
  • No caps

Glass Bottles & Jars

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


  • Cans, pie tins, metal lids, aluminum trays, metal clothes hangers, pots and 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

  • Discard packing material, loose food or badly stained items. Remove all food, cellophane, liners
  • Fold, flatten or cut into bundles no longer than 2 feet by 2 feet by 3 feet and tie securely
  • Flatten paperboard and stuff tightly in biggest paperboard box and tie securely with string or use a strong rubber band
  • No milk cartons, no drink boxes, no books

Magazines & Catalogs

  • Glossy magazines and catalogs
  • Tie securely with string or use a strong rubber band
  • Newspapers, Glossy Advertisements and Inserts
  • Newsprint ads
  • Tie securely with string or place in brown paper grocery bag (place bag in recycling bin)

Brown Paper Grocery Bags

  • Do not bundle with newspapers or magazines, keep dry inside recycling bin
  • Fold and place inside another paper grocery bag
  • Place in recycling bin

Telephone Books

Household Batteries

  • No automotive batteries
  • Place in clear plastic bag inside bin

Items Not Acceptable for Recycling

  • Automotive Batteries
  • Car batteries
  • Ceramic Bulbs
  • Motor Oil Containers
  • Plastic Bags
  • Plastic Containers used for petroleum products
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Broken Glass (safety reasons)
  • Dishes
  • Light Bulbs
  • Microwave Dishes
  • Pyrex
  • Window Glass

E-Waste & Battery Recycling

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 John R Road
Madison Heights, MI 48071

871 East Big Beaver
Troy, MI 48083