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After announcing on April 10 that yard waste pick up would be suspended indefinitely due to COVID-19, Green For Life (GFL) Environmental waste services announced Monday it will CONTINUE to pick up yard waste in Metro Detroit. The suspension was supposed to begin Monday, but the company said it will be picking up the waste beginning Tuesday. GFL said there may be some delays, but residents are asked to put their yard waste at the curb as they normally would. Source: WDIV Click on Detroit.

GFL services the following communities:

  • Bloomfield Hills

  • Bloomfield Township

  • Commerce Township

  • Lake Orion

  • Madison Heights

  • Milford Township

  • Milford

  • Northville Township

  • Orchard Lake

  • Oxford

  • Rochester

  • Rochester Hills

  • Royal Oak

  • Royal Oak Township

  • Southfield

  • South Lyon

  • Sylvan Lake

  • Walled Lake

  • Waterford Township

  • West Bloomfield Township

  • White Lake Township

  • Wolverine Lake

At the same time, some states are lifting their bans on disposing of yard waste in landfills, including West Virginia, Kentucky, and Iowa. Recycling and yard waste are allowed to be comingled with regular waste collection and transported to landfill.

So, we're not sure if the yard waste being collected is actually being composted or landfilled - we're working on finding that out.

Communities serviced by Waste Management need to be aware that effective for all homes and all cities/counties in Michigan, due to the impact of COVID-19, the following services are temporarily suspended until further notice:

  • Bulk collection (e.g., furniture, carpet, mattresses, appliances)

  • Yard waste collection (e.g., grass clipping, brush, or tree limbs)

We couldn't find a comprehensive list of all communities that Waste Management services in Southeastern Michigan, but your city's website will have that information.

At RRRASOC (Resource Recovery and Recycling Authority of Southwest Oakland County) due to the COVID 19 pandemic the Household Hazardous Waste events scheduled for April 4, April 18, May 2, and May 16 have been cancelled. E-waste (electronics) can be brought to Household Hazardous Waste events. RRRASOC serves Farmington, Farmington Hills, Milford, Milford Township, Novi, South Lyon, Southfield, Walled Lake and Wixom.

Electronics drop-off and Household Hazardous Waste drop-off have both been closed since March 17th at SOCCRA (South Oakland County Resource Recovery Authority). SOCRRA serves Berkley, Beverly Hills, Birmingham, Clawson, Ferndale, Hazel Park, Huntington Woods, Lathrup Village, Oak Park, Pleasant Ridge, Royal Oak and Troy.

Recycle Here accepts e-waste from Detroit residents only, but is currently closed.

Great Lakes Electronics Recycling in Sterling Heights also offers consumer electronics recycling for the general public - you can learn more about that here:

Improper electronics disposal poses numerous health and environmental risks due to the lead, cadmium, chromium, brominated flame retardants or polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) content, from inhalation of toxic fumes, as well as from accumulation of such chemicals in soil, water and food. Please don't put your electronics on the curb!

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