Recycling Information


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.

64-Gallon Recycling Carts

Contact Southfield's solid waste hauler, GFL Environmental to order a 64-gallon recycling cart. Order by phone at 844-464-3587 or email Recycling carts are provided to single family households upon request at no cost.

Recycling Bins

New Residents

New residents should call Public Works Streets & Highway Division 248-796-4860 for free home delivery.

Current Residents

Call or visit Neighborhood & Information Center at City Hall 248-796-5140. Cost is $7/bin.

All carts, bins, bags, bundles, bulk items must be set out at the curb no earlier than 4 pm the day before collection and no later than 7 am the day of collection. For more recycling information, visit the Resource Recovery and Recycling Authority of Southwest Oakland County (RRRASOC) website.

Recycling Drop Off Sites

City of Southfield residents can drop off recyclable materials at the following locations: 

RRRASOC materials recovery facility recycling drop off site - Southfield

20000 W. Eight Mile Road
Southfield, MI 48075
Northeast corner of Evergreen and Eight Mile Road

Phone: (248) 208-2270
Fax: (248) 208-2273

Open daylight hours, 7 days a week

City of Novi Drop off site

DPS Garage
26300 Lee Begole Drive
Novi, MI 48375

North off of 11 Mile Road between Town Center and Meadowbrook Roads

Open daylight hours, 7 days a week

Click here for accepted materials

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.
  • Cartons and paper cups.
  • 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.) If a resident has larger cardboard they wish to recycle, it can be dropped off at the Southfield and Novi Drop-Off Sites.

Hazardous Materials

Click Here to view a list of RRRASOC Hazardous materials guidelines

Recycling 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 ten jobs for every 10,000 tons of material recycled, while only one job is created if that same tonnage 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 recycle, 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!

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
(248) 208-2270