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Trash - landfill waste at the curb

What can’t I recycle?  The short list of what’s left.
Irregular Items - Large items such as sofas, mattresses and household furniture are picked up as trash. Carpeting, Padding and treated or painted Wood must be folded or cut to no more than 4 ft in length and tied or taped in bundles not to exceed 60 pounds. Remove or pound down nails.  Untreated wood clear of nails can be added to yard waste bags or containers during the season.

Broken glass/mirrors - break large items up and wrap in heavy paper or cloth and put out with regular trash. Mark as GLASS. It is best if it will fit in a container.

Food waste: meat and dairy waste, cooked vegetable and fruit scraps.  Fresh vegetable and fruit scraps can go out with yard waste during the season.  If you do not have yard waste and want to set these at the curb for collection, a curbside container is now available on sale at DPW for $15.  This can be used during yard waste season only.

Bulk items can go to the curb along with trash Monday night for Tuesday collection.  Remember that it is against the law to remove recyclable materials, e.g. metal, from the curb.  Please separate recyclables from trash.  To keep bulky metal out of the hands of scavengers, you can bring these items to the DPW yard and place them in or near the bulk metal container. To recycle these on Saturday, you can take scrap metal to SOCRRA's facility on Coolidge in Troy.

If you do have something usable, try to give it away first to one of the local charities before discarding it.  Remember reuse is better than recycling and much better than landfilling!

Here is a sampling of organizations which will take your donations.  Many of these will pick up large items.

    Additional Information
Furniture Bank of Oakland Co.  248.332.1300  
Grace Centers of Hope  586.997.9942  ask for Victoria
Humble Design, Inc  248.243.7144  
NCJW Resale store  248.439.6040  redesign@ncjwgds.org
Vietnam Vets  1.800.775.8387  
For durable medical items:    
  World Medical Relief 313.866.5333 info@worldmedicalrelief.org
For tools/wood/building materials/cabinets/fixtures, etc.    
  Habitat for Humanity 313.653.4890 http://www.habitatdetroit.org