Since 2007 The Greater Detroit Resource Recovery Authority (GDRRA) has partnered with Recycle Here to restructure and expand the City of Detroit’s recycling program. The program provides friendly and professional direction, guidance, and assistance for residents depositing recyclables during operating hours.  After six years, over 16.5 million pounds of recyclable materials has been processed through the program and an average of 36,000 Detroit residents participate/visit per year. 

January through December of 2014 the program processed 3,050,712 pounds of recyclable materials and recycled 292,000 pounds of electronics. 95,308 Detroit residents participated, which shows a significant increase since the program began.

Fixed Location Recycling Operations

Three times a week the fixed location at 1331 Holden is open, every Monday and Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. excluding holidays.

Recycle Here accepts Cardboard, Mixed Paper, Glossy Paper, Newspaper, Glass, Plastic Bags, Metal, Plastics 1-7, Styrofoam, Styrofoam Peanuts, Aseptic, Computers, Electronics, Batteries and Light Bulbs.

Recycle Here partnered with the Green Living Science education program, which encourages a comprehensive understanding of our reliance on a healthy environment and the connection between individual decision-making and the responsible use of resources. Green Living Science has been working with Detroit schools since 2010 to lay the ground work for a successful curbside recycling program in Detroit by introducing a culture of recycling in schools.

Recycle Here provides data collection, information website, social media promotion and program marketing. The Holden Street facility will be open for Field Trips to all DPS students.

COMING SOON: GDRRA/ Recycle Here Mobile Community Disposal Day:

Recycle Here will coordinate 4 mobile community disposal days in 4 neighborhoods, 1 per month, during the months of April, June, August and October in neighborhoods coordinated through the Keep Detroit Beautiful. Residents will have access to a paper shredder, HHW disposal through EQ, a Clothing Drive, and Electronics Recycling Mobile Facilities

These recycling programs provide friendly and professional direction, guidance, and assistance for participants depositing recyclables during operating hours. Literature is being distributed to include guidelines for proper preparation of recyclables. Zip codes are also being recorded of participants dropping off recyclables to gather statistics to analyze the program for future needs.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: (313) 871-4000

 or Website:

Household Hazardous

Household Hazardous Waste Faciliy

What should you bring?

Nearly every item found in your garage, basement, kitchen, bathroom cupboards and home office that you know doesn’t belong in the regular trash. Poisons, solvents, heavy metals, and other toxic products should never be poured down a drain or thrown into the trash.  These items will only be accepted at:

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Receiving Facility

2000 E. Ferry Street (near the I-75 and I-94 freeways).

Individuals can call (313) 923-2240 to schedule a time to bring household hazardous materials (HHW) to the facility.


Every Thursday from 7:30 am – 2:00 pm

Fourth Saturday of the Month from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

This facility is open to Detroit residents ONLY! There is no charge!


 Cleansers & Polishes

 Fertilizers, Pesticides and Weed Killers

 Home Repair Products (glues & caulk)

 Mercury Thermometers

 Paint Thinners, Solvents & Varnishes

 Wood Preservatives

 Fluorescent Light Bulbs

 Residents can take these items to the HHW facility:

 Household Batteries

 Home Office Equipment

 Electronics Car Equipment

 (Batteries, brake fluid, fuel, kerosene, motor oil, filters, etc.)


 Unknown or Unlabeled Wastes

 Commercially Generated Wastes

 Smoke Detectors

 Radioactive Materials


 Shock-sensitive Materials


Pharmaceuticals and Sharps

The disposal of unwanted or expired pharmaceuticals down a drain or toilet is damaging to the environment. Research has found that small amounts of pharmaceutical drugs collect in streams, lakes, and rivers by entering through wastewater treatment plants that treat residential, commercial, and industrial wastewater. The majority of these pharmaceuticals enter the sewer system through disposal of unused or expired medications down the toilet or drain.  Increased amounts of pharmaceuticals in surface water bodies have been shown to increase bacterial resistance to antibiotics.

  • Empty all pills, caplets, etc. into a zip lock bag prior to placement in the container.
  • Take empty pill containers away for disposal in a home recycling bin. Remove any and all personal information from container prior to placing it in the recycling bin.
  • Please only deposit needles, lancets, and similar items. Please make sure these items are deposited in a rigid, sealed container. (HARD PLASTIC – e.g. laundry detergent containers) 

  For additional information call:  313.876.0148

Department of Public Works


Rizzo Services will collect trash, bulk items, yard waste and recycling for Detroit residents on the east and southwest sides. All items should be at the curb by 7:00 am on your scheduled collection day.


Call with any questions at 866-772-8900

Or send an email

Advance Disposal will collect trash, bulk items, yard waste and recycling for Detroit residents on the west and northwest sides. All items should be at the curb by 7:00 am on your scheduled collection day.


Call with any questions at 1 (844) 2-DETROIT (338764)
Or send an email:


The City of Detroit Department of Public Works (DPW) recently expanded its curbside recycling program to 300,000 households.  The City also provided free recycling at the Southfield Transfer Station for Detroit residents. 

  • Southfield Yard – 12255 Southfield Service Drive

DPW recyclable collection from January through December of 2014 included: Curbside Recycling 6,272,600 pounds, Yard Waste 10,031 tons, Brush 6,720 tons and Tires 742 tons (64,521 tires).


  • Anthon Yard – 5840 Anthon btw Cavalry & Campbell
  • Davison Yard – 8221 West Davison
  • Southfield Yard – 12255 Southfield Service Drive

Hours of operations:

  • SUMMER (April-October) 8:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m., Tuesday – Saturday
  • WINTER (November-March) 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Tuesday – Saturday
  • The Southfield Yard is open Monday – Saturday
  • All locations are CLOSED (SUMMER 2:30p – 3:30p), (WINTER 12:30p – 1:30p) and Holidays

    These drop-off locations are open to Detroit residents only with proper identification.


Adopt A Lot, Park, or Shelter

Residents are invited to adopt a vacant City-owned lot in order to garden or provide landscape beautification and maintenance.  Upon approval, the permit grants the resident with access to the vacant City-owned lot for the calendar year.  There is no fee for the permit and you may assemble a rain barrel on the lot.  If you’d like to own a lot, please inquire about our Adjacent Vacant Lot Program at313-628-0199 or 313-224-3450 .

Adopt-A- Park
The Adopt-A-Park Program give individuals and groups the opportunity to participate in the revitalization of Detroit by maintaining and beautifying green spaces around the city.  The City of Detroit is seeking individuals, community groups and businesses to adopt parks or play areas and pledge to take care of them for a set period of time.  You can cut the grass, plant and water flowers or pick up trash and debris on a regular basis.  You may also work with the City of Detroit to make structural improvements, such as padding play equipment, picnic tables, shelters, basketball courts and walking paths.  Call 313-530-5164 for more information.

Adopt-A-Shelter (DDOT)
DDOT needs your help with removing litter at and around sheltered DDOT transit bus stops.
Adopt-A-Shelter and help improve cleanliness and safety within our neighborhoods. Call DDOT’s Adopt-A-Shelter Coordinator at 313-833-7761 for more information.