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Recycling

** Special Announcement from SOCRRA**

SOCRRA is converting its Material Recycling Facility (MRF) to be able to process mixed recycling. Construction started in the spring of 2017 and is currently underway. Due to the final phase of construction, SOCRRA must restrict access to the Recycling Dropoff Center, including the paper shredder and Styrofoam recycling . The last day of operation will be Saturday, October 7th, until further notice.

Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics Waste services will also be limited during this time. More information about temporary collections of these types of wastes will be shared on SOCRRA’s website and Facebook page as soon as available. SOCRRA apologizes for this temporary disruption in service. Closing the site is necessary to ensure the safety of residents and construction crews working on the recycling facility. The site will reopen sometime after the recycling facility construction is complete.

What can residents do with materials during this temporary closure?

Many of the materials collected at the Recycling Dropoff Center are also accepted curbside, so residents are encouraged to recycle as much as they can in their curbside recycling cart. For information about what you can recycle curbside, please click here.

For materials not accepted curbside such as scrap metal, Styrofoam, plastic bags, hardcover books, clothing, plastic bottle caps, CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes, cassettes, and floppy disks, residents are encouraged to hold on to materials until the site reopens.

There are alternative options for some materials. For plastic bags, check your local grocery store for plastic bag and film recycling containers (we spotted collection barrels near the bottle return departments at several area grocery stores). For Styrofoam, visit this website for additional dropoff locations in the Metro Detroit area. For household hazardous waste and electronics, special collection events will be conducted during this time. Please visit SOCRRA’s website and follow on Facebook for updates and details once available. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this exciting but busy time. These temporary disruptions will lead to longterm improvements to provide topnotch services. Stay up to date via our
website, Facebook page and our monthly newsletter to learn about exciting recycling news at SOCRRA! 

For more information, go to www.socrra.org.


Mixed Recycling 

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.  Birmingham residents should receive their cart by late August.  Each residence will have a cart delivered.  Please contact the Department of Public Services at 248.530.1700  if you have not received your cart by the end of August. 

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 will take place mid-August.

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.

What do I do with my old blue recycling bin?
You can use them for storage, or take them to SOCRRA located at 995 Coolidge, Troy.  

Please note:  Household batteries (AA, AAA, D, C and 9 volt) will now need to be taken to the SOCRRA facility.  Please do not put them in your recycling cart.

Visit http://www.socrra.org/recycling.shtml 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 shredded paper in a see-through plastic bag
• Clear, brown, blue and green glass bottles
• Cardboard
• 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

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