- Each year, around 25,000 tons of material are recycled in the RRRASOC area. Recycling and reusing that material for manufacturing provides distinct environmental benefits such as the following:
- Recycling by RRRASOC’s residents annually reduces greenhouse gas emission (GHG) by approximately 6,000 metric tons of carbon equivalent (MTCE) - equal to nearly 4 percent of their total GHG emissions.
- Recycling in our communities reduces the emission of airborne pollutants by nearly 300 tons every year, not including GHG.
- Emissions of waterborne pollutants are reduced more than 40 tons through recycling each year.
- About 100,000 trees are saved annually by RRRASOC’s recycling efforts.
- Each year, approximately 100 billion Btu’s are conserved through RRRASOC’s recycling efforts, equal to the amount of energy consumed by more than 1,000 homes in one year!
- Recycling creates nine jobs for every ton of material recycled, while only one job is created if that same ton is landfilled.
- Using recycled paper instead of virgin materials reduces air pollution by 74 percent and water pollution by 35 percent.
- Recycling glass reduces air pollution by 20 percent and mining wastes by 80 percent.
- Using recycled aluminum instead of virgin ore reduces air pollution by 95 percent and water pollution by 97 percent.
- Using recycled iron and steel cuts air pollution by 86 percent, water pollution by 76 percent and mining wastes by 97 percent.
- Recycling glass reduces water use by 50 percent.
- For every ton of paper you recycling, you save 17 trees, 464 gallons of oil, 42 gallons of gasoline, and 7,000 gallons of water.
- Recycling one glass bottle save enough energy to light a 100 watt light bulb for four hours.
- Recycling one tin can save enough energy to run a television for three hours.
- RRRASOC communities recycle and compost more than 30 percent of their waste every year!
What goes in the Recycling Bin?
- All plastic containers #1, 2, 4 – 7. Please rinse. Lids and labels are ok. (NO styrofoam or plastic bags!)
- Garden plastics. Please shake out dirt.
- All metal cans, tins, aluminum foil. Small household scrap metal. Please rinse. Lids and labels are ok.
- EMPTY aerosol cans.
- All colors of glass bottles and jars. Please rinse. Lids and labels are ok.
- Aseptic containers, a.k.a. juice boxes. This also includes waxy drink containers.
- Newspapers, inserts, phone books, catalogs and magazines.
- Junk mail, office paper, paperback books, household paper.
- Boxboard, paperboard. Flatten as needed to fit in your bin.
- Corrugated cardboard. Needs to be small enough so that it could fit into the bin. (If it is too big, it won’t go into the opening of the truck.)
City of Southfield Department of Public Works
26000 Evergreen Road
Resource Recovery and Recycling Authority of Southwest Oakland County (RRRASOC) Recycling Center
20000 W. 8 Mile Road