Each household should have a red bin for storing recyclables during the week. Replacement bins are available at City Hall. Write your address on the bin with an indelible marker so it can be returned easily if it is misplaced or gets blown around during high winds.
As an alternative to the red bins, the City has large 64 gallon bins available at a cost of $75. Please call the Treasury Department (885-6600) if you are interested in purchasing one of these bins.
Recyclables are picked up the same day as regular trash. Place recycling bin at curb for collection on your regular rubbish collection day by 7:00 a.m. In the event of a holiday, pickup will be postponed one day the same way regular rubbish pickup is delayed one day.
The more items citizens recycle, the better off we are in terms of saving tax dollars and helping the environment. We ask that you:
Only put your bin out when it is full. Clear plastic bags can be used for more items if your recycling bin is full. Place the clear bag on top of bin at the curb.
Pack newspapers in such a way as to prevent the wind from blowing them away
Review the list of recyclable materials listed below
Remember, the more you save for your recycling bin, the more we all save.
Acceptable Recycling Materials
Plastics, Jugs and Bottles - Check for number on/near the bottom of container. Prepare item numbers 1-7 for collection by rinsing and discarding all lids. Leave labels on. Flatten, if possible.
#1 (Pete or Pet)
such as plastic soft drink and water bottles, catsup, mouthwash, salad dressing, peanut butter, mayo, pickle, jam jars, microwave dishes
such as milk, water, juice, shampoo, dish/laundry soap bottles, yogurt cups, cereal liners, grocery, trash and retail bags
#3 (V or PVC)
such as clear food and non-food packaging, clear tubing, electrical cable insulation, plastic pipes and fittings
such as dry cleaning, bread bags, squeezable bottles, e.g. honey, mustard, BBQ sauce, etc.
such as catsup bottles, yogurt containers, margarine tubs, medicine and vitamin bottles, etc.
such compact disc jackets, food service applications, grocery store meat trays, egg cartons, aspirin bottles, cups/plates
#7 (Other Plastics)
such as three and five gallon reusable water bottles, some citrus juice and catsup bottle
Newspapers (remove plastic bags, strings and rubber bands), magazines, paper bags, office paper, junk mail flyers, brochures and phone books. Comics okay. Glossy newspaper inserts and magazines and catalogues (not bound by glue) must be separated from newsprint for collection. Place all paper in brown paper grocery bags or tie with string. Also accepted is cardboard (no wax coated), paperboard (cereal boxes, popcorn boxes, etc.) and boxboard. Fold, flatten or cut the boards into 2 ft. x 2 ft. x 6 in. bundles and tie.
Cans, Foil and Glass
Prepare cans, foil, tins and glass for collection by rinsing and discarding all lids. Leave labels on. Items accepted are tin cans, steel and aluminum cans, beverage cans, aluminum foil and aluminum tins; clear, green and brown glass. No light bulbs, broken glass, window glass, mirrors, ceramics, dishes or similar materials.
NO syringes, hypodermic needles, medical waste, paper milk/juice cartons, garbage, styrofoam, large appliances yard waste, garden hoses, grass, wood branches, leaves, automotive parts, motor oil or wide-mouth containers, cylinder heads, brake rotors, drums or engine blocks, propane/oxygen/helium tanks, aerosol cans or empty paint cans.
Place used AAA, AA, C and D batteries in a clear bag and place inside your recycling bin. Note: Improper disposal of batteries adds toxic metals to landfills.
The City of Grosse Pointe Farms uses an outside contractor to handle the Recycling needs of our residents. Rizzo Services: http://www.rizzoservices.com/
Note: The following may be taken to the Department of Public Works yard at the corner of Chalfonte and Kerby roads any weekday between 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Place used motor oil in original containers. DO NOT put in your recycling bin. DO NOT dump on the ground or in sewers since it pollutes our land and groundwater; auto batteries; and paint.