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Recycling Services

Mixed Recycling Coming Soon
The following information is now available to all SOCRRA communities about the upcoming Mixed Recycling Roll Out coming soon. Visit SOCRRA's website for more information. Keep an eye on this webpage for further details. Please contact the Department of Public Services at 248.530.1700 with any questions. 

The following are answers to frequently asked questions:

What is "Mixed Recycling"?
Currently SOCRRA collects materials in two streams - paper, and everything else (plastic, metal, glass containers), requiring recycling drivers to separate the two.  Mixed recycling is when all recyclables can be mixed together in both the recycling container and recycling truck. The sorting of materials is done at the MRF, rather than by the recycling drivers.

Why switch to carts for recycling collection?
Proven benefits of switching to carts include more recyclables collected, increased convenience for residents to fit all their recyclables into one container, increased safety for workers, and potential cost savings. More materials diverted for recycling will increase revenue sharing for member communities thereby reducing disposal costs.

When will I receive my cart?
Cart distribution in Birmingham begins in September, and is expected to run through November.

How much do the carts cost?
Because Birmingham is a member of SOCRRA, all single-family households will receive a cart at no cost.

Is the cart difficult to handle?
Measuring 3.5' tall, 2' wide, and 2' deep, the carts are well-balanced and easy to maneuver, even when loaded. What's more, their footprint is nearly the same size as the current 18-gallon recycling bins.

Stay tuned for detailed announcements as the program launch nears, and visit for additional information.  

Make a difference in the community by taking advantage of the city’s recycling services. SOCRRA (Southeastern Oakland County Resource Recovery Authority) is now accepting more than ever! Check out all the items you can recycle:

• All plastic containers (discard hard plastic caps)  kids who recycleWEB                      
• All papers, paperback books, Yellowbook phone books, mail, newspapers, magazines and phone books (place together in plastic or paper grocery bag)
• Place shredded paper in a see-through plastic bag
• Clear, brown, blue and green glass bottles
• Cardboard
• Household batteries (secure in clear bag)
• Empty metal cans, small scrap metal objects and large metal items (place next to recycle bin) such as: grills, bikes, lawn mowers, washers, dryers and water heaters

All recyclables must be placed in an appropriately marked recycle bin. Pick up your recycle bins (18 gallon) for $12 at our Department of Public Services office (located at 851 S. Eton) or SOCRRA located at 995 Coolidge in Troy (between 14 & 15 Mile Roads, across from Meijer's gas station) - cash or check only please! Keep in mind the city does not sell the 95 gallon recycling carts.  The current refuse contract with Car Trucking, only allows for the 18 gallon recycling bins to be used.

View our Curbside Recycling Guidelines to see what items to place in your recycle bin. View the Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Guide to see how to properly dispose of household hazardous waste and electronics which you cannot place in your recycle bin.

Recycling is collected on the same day your trash is collected. Be sure to set out by 7:00 a.m. on the day of collection, and keep several feet between recyclables and other items out for collection such as trash and yard waste.

Dual Refuse, Recycling & Compost Trucks.  Car Trucking (the City's refuse hauler) has purchased several dual purpose trucks. These trucks have two separate sides which allow them to take either trash, recyclables or compost.  

Dual Stream Truck