The purpose of the Greater Detroit Resource Recovery Authority
is to provide efficient, environmentally responsible waste disposal service to the residential, commercial, industrial sectors of Detroit. The Authority’s activities encompass part of a total waste management system (post collection) including transportation, recoverable materials marketing (recycling) and disposal. The Authority is a governmental unit, separate from the City of Detroit.

Our commitment is to provide a process for Detroit’s solid waste that is economical and environmentally sound, and considers the health and wellness of all Detroit residents first. We are committed to making recycling a more important element of Detroit’s solid waste management program. We currently commit to environmentally responsible waste management practices that consider potential effects of global warming, as well as public health and safety issues associated with the transport, processing and disposal of solid waste.

About US

As we move into the 21st century, Detroit is leading the nation in confronting the age-old problem of waste disposal. Landfilling of waste was the conventional method, but landfill space is rapidly disappearing. The City of Detroit was the largest municipal user of landfills in Michigan. With resource recovery, the volume of Detroit’s garbage hauled to landfills is reduced by more than 80 percent. The Greater Resource Recovery Authority (GDRRA) was established in the late 1980s to reduce the city’s reliance on landfills for handling the city’s waste.

GDRRA utilizes the waste-to-energy Facility as an integral part of the environmentally sound, long-term waste management system for the City of Detroit. In addition to the Facility, the Authority also utilizes various hubs throughout Metropolitan Detroit in the processing of Detroit’s municipal solid waste. Currently, GDRRA and the City of Detroit offer residents and businesses a recycling program that includes drop off and curbside options. The program includes marketing to reach residents in Detroit Public Schools and throughout the metropolitan Detroit area. This includes education, onsite impromptu recycling 101 class covering acceptable recyclables, and other helpful information. GDRRA also offers a hazardous waste drop off center where residents can safely dispose of household hazardous waste including batteries, paint, varnish, herbicides and pesticides, home electronics, oil, fuel and other potentially hazardous items.

More efficient use of resources has become a national priority. The Authority is committed to meeting US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) guidelines in reducing its waste footprint through a comprehensive program that includes waste to energy, recycling and removing hazardous materials from the waste stream. GDRRA participates in national environmental organizations to track developments that could benefit residents and ensure the City of Detroit’s program meets the highest standards of practice in the industry.


Seven member Board appointed by the Mayor; directors serve ex-officio. Board makes policy and directs the Authority’s business and affairs in pursuit of its waste management purposes. 

Organization’s Structure

GDRRA is a public body corporate created under Michigan Public Act 179 (1947). The GDRRA Board of Directors was established in 1984.   Its directors serve ex-officio. The Authority has no taxing power.

  • Chief Executive
  • Assistant to the Mayor
  • Finance Department Director
  • Budget Department Director
  • Director of Building and Safety Engineering Department
  • Director of Department of Public Works
  • Public Works Director of City of Highland Park 

Alternate Directors are Deputy Directors of above departments; the Chief Executive’s alternate is an Executive Assistant to the Mayor. 

The Offices of Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Treasurer and Secretary are determined by vote of Board Members.



Alternate Directors are Deputy Directors of above departments the Chief Executive’s alternate is an Executive Assistant to the Mayor.

The Offices of Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Treasurer and Secretary are determined by vote of Board Members.