Recycling

City of Southfield Recycling Program

Every Southfield resident is encouraged to do their part to help our environment by actively recycling and composting, thus reducing waste and unnecessary landfill. Call (or visit) the City's Neighborhood & Information Center at (248) 796-5130 to request a new or extra recycing bin. If your bin is full, place your paper items in brown paper bags on top or alongisde of your recycling bin. Bins must be out by 7 a.m. on your regularly scheduled garbage pickup day. 

For more recycling information, visit the Resource Recovery and Recycling Authority of Southwest Oakland County (RRRASOC) at  www.rrrasoc.org.


New Curbside Recycling Guidelines (pdf)
Southfield Recycling Drop-Off Guidelines (pdf)
Lil' Recyclers Guide (pdf)

Recycling’s Many Environmental Benefits
 
  • 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.
    • 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
(248) 796-4860

Resource Recovery and Recycling Authority of Southwest Oakland County (RRRASOC) Recycling Center
 20000 W. 8 Mile Road


www.rrrasoc.org
(248) 208-2270

  • The Sewer and Water Department maintains over 346 miles of water mains, 217 miles of sanitary sewer, 40 miles of combined sewers and 240 miles of storm sewers.

  • Streets and Highways maintain over 247 mile of local and major roads within the limits of Southfield.

  • The Sewer and Water Department delivers clean dependable drinking water and disposes of it for less than a penny per gallon.

  • A dripping faucet can waste 3 gallons of water a day.

  • A leaking toilet can waste 25,000 gallons per month.