YOUR TOWN. YOUR RULES.
We’ve pawed our way through recycling bins all over the state, and we’ve learned that the rules of recycling differ from one community to the next. That’s why we’re here to talk to you about YOUR rules – the rules of recycling for residents of Berkley, Beverly Hills, Birmingham, Clawson, Ferndale, Hazel Park, Huntington Woods, Lathrup Village, Oak Park, Pleasant Ridge, Royal Oak and Troy. Reduce and reuse first, know it before you throw it when you recycle, and always reach out to SOCRRA when you have questions.
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SOCRRA’s Essential Rules to Recycling Perfection
Clean and dry plastic bags and wrap can be recycled at the SOCRRA drop-off center. Many grocery stores also have collection containers for bags and wrap.
What’s NEVER recyclable are things like potato chip bags and frozen food bags – just throw those out. They often contain multiple types and layers of plastic, making them impossible to recycle.
TIP: Reuse your smaller plastic bags as trash can liners or to pick up pet waste.
No plastic bags
No bread bags
No plastic sandwich baggies
No air pillows used in packaging
No plastic shipping envelopes
No bathroom tissue and paper towel wrapping
Plastic bottles, jugs and containers are recyclable – always rinse and empty to avoid getting food waste on the paper and cardboard in your cart. Smaller plastic items and things made of multiple plastic materials belong in the trash.
Plastic jugs and containers
Laundry detergent bottles
Clean plastic takeout food containers
No plastic utensils, straws, toothbrushes
Recyclables need to be loose in the cart. We know it’s tempting to keep things orderly by putting all your recyclables in plastic (or paper) bags – but it’s a bad idea. Here’s why:
- Plastic bags get tangled in the sorting equipment.
- Recyclables need to be loose in the cart to facilitate efficient sorting at the recycling facility.
No recyclables in a plastic bag
What’s a “tangler”? Anything that jams sorting machinery at the recycling center by wrapping around the equipment discs and wheels is a tangler.
TIP: Some tanglers, like extension cords, wire hangers, wire, cords and light strings, can be recycled at the SOCRRA drop-off center, whereas items like rope, twine and hoses should be disposed of as trash.
No extension cords
No wire hangers
No light strings
Food boxes, shoeboxes, tissue boxes and your typical shipping boxes are all recyclable, and it’s fine if you leave on the tape and labels. Please break down the boxes to fit in the recycling cart.
There are a few cardboard “no”s though. Cardboard can’t have any food residue. For example, a greasy, cheesy pizza box is not recyclable, but you can rip off and recycle the clean box top.
Broken-down shipping boxes
No greasy pizza boxes
Keep up the good work, SOCRRA residents!
If you still have questions about what’s recyclable and what’s not, SOCRRA can help.
995 Coolidge Hwy, Troy, MI 48084
These rules are true of all curbside recycling for residents of Berkley, Beverly Hills, Birmingham, Clawson, Ferndale, Hazel Park, Huntington Woods, Lathrup Village, Oak Park, Pleasant Ridge, Royal Oak and Troy. If you live outside these areas, you'll want to check with your local recycling provider for your specific rules and information.