Recycling in Detroit
An increase in recycling leads to a cleaner and healthier community, including healthier air. Although this number may seem high, we still need to boost up the number of residents participating. It is very important that more people participate in the recycling program so that the sees our community has a great interest in recycling, and expand the City’s Curbside Recycling Program.
Recycle Here! offers pickup services and has a drop-off site for all your recycling needs, located at 1331 Holden Ave in the New Center area. We are open every Monday from 10am until 6pm, Wednesday from 10am until 6pm and Saturday from 9am until 3pm. Their friendly and informed staff are always available to guide and assist you through your drop off experience.
Poisons, solvents, heavy metals, and other toxic products should never be poured down a drain or thrown into the trash. Instead, use up toxic products completely according to the label. These items will only be accepted at the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Receiving Facility at 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, which is open year round Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This facility is open to Detroit residents ONLY! There is no charge!
Thank you to all who have become regular participants and also to some new faces we have seen. Please continue to spread the word about recycling. Our goal is to become a green community. We can do it!
The City of Detroit is rapidly growing the Residential Curbside Recycling Program that is operating in the East and West Sides of the city. Prior to the initial start date, community forums were conducted city-wide to raise awareness about recycling and to educate Detroiters about the do’s and do not’s of the curbside program. As part of community outreach, fliers and leaflets were mailed to residents and postcard size recycling literatures were mailed with residents water bills throughout the summer.
The city is continuing to work very hard to get a higher participation rate and therefore the DPW Pilot Recycling Committee, comprised of seven environmental organizations in partnership with the City of Detroit’s Department of Public Works, brainstormed ideas to have more residents participate in the recycling program. As a result, a new approach is in process by involving the Detroit Public Schools. Currently, there are ten Detroit Public Schools that will be making comprehensive efforts to help the city’s Department of Public Works increase resident participation. The goal is to have pilot area schools to practice recycling in their schools, thus teaching the children how to recycle and encouraging them to recycle at home. The Green Task Force’s Recycling Committee has continued this effort and aims to increase recycling participation rates to 20% by 2018.