For complete recycling information for the City of Royal Oak, please visit SOCRRA’s website at SOCRRA is the regional recycling authority that handles all the bottles, cans, and paper recyclables collected at the curb and Royal Oak is a member community. The SOCRRA “Resident Info” page will provide assistance for all your recycling needs or click on the links below.

Recycle bin

Get the most up to date recycling information from SOCRRA via email! If you'd like to get e-mail updates from SOCRRA on changes to what can be recycled in the curbside bin or brought to the Recycling Drop-off Center, upcoming workshops, special events, etc., please visit to sign up today!

Collection and Bin Information
The City of Royal Oak provides weekly curbside collection of recyclables. Recyclables are collected on the same day as your trash and yard waste (when in season).

Please have your recyclables to the curb by 7:00 am.

Recycling must be set out in a 18-gallon Royal Oak/SOCRRA bin or bins available at the Department of Public Services, located at 1600 N. Campbell Road, and are $10 for one bin and a lid. Residents are encouraged to use as many recycling bins as necessary to accommodate their amount of recyclables--there is no limit to how many recycling bins residents may set out each week.

It Pays to Recycle!
For every ton of recyclables collected in Royal Oak and delivered to SOCRRA, the City earns $37.50/ton, whereas the city pays to dispose of trash.

It pays to Recycle = $37.50 / ton

Recyclables are cash at your curb, helping to keep the City’s costs low for trash and recycling collection service, ultimately keeping more cash in your wallet. Last year, the City of Royal Oak earned $165,000 in revenue from recyclables and $100,000 in avoided disposal costs.


  • Foam cups & containers.  Cups do not need to be rinsed but must by empty.
  • Foam egg cartons.
  • Rinsed, single-layer, non-perforated foam meat trays.
  • Foam food trays/lunch trays.  Must be rinsed off ~ NO food remnants.
  • Most packaging foam:  molded forms & shapes.

At this time recycling of Styrofoam is only available at the SOCRRA drop off facility, 995 Coolidge (North of 14 Mile across from the Meijer gas station).  DO NOT PUT IN YOUR RECYCLING BIN.  No appointment is needed.

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SOCRRA residents can bring yard waste/Christmas trees (with nothing attached/no plastic bags) for FREE between mid-Decemebr and March 31.

Due to state law, yard waste cannot be mixed with trash at any time.  Because there isn’t a yard waste truck running during the winter months SOCCRRA members (no businesses,
landscapers, etc.
) can bring up to 10 bags of leaves, grass or brush to SOCRRA, located at 995 Coolidge at no charge between mid-December 22, 2014 – March 31.  These materials will be composted.  Hours are M-F 8am-4pm and Sat 8am-noon.  There is no charge for dropping off yard waste for SOCRRA residents only during the dates listed.  Yard waste collection will begin in April.  After that, the regular disposal rate is $60.00/ton with a $35.00 minimum charge will apply.

Simply drive through SOCRRA’s gates and go straight ahead to the scale in front of the MRF Building.  Stop and see the Scale Operator for instructions.  If yard waste is brought in plastic bags you must empty the bag(s) as the material goes to the composting facility and plastic does not decompose.

Other Items of Interest:


Royal Oak Public Service Dept.: 248-246-3300 (M-F, 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM)
Address: 1600 N Campbell Rd

SOCRRA:  248-288-5150    - For answers about household hazardous waste. The SOCRRA facility is located on west side of Coolidge Highway between 14 and 15 Mile Roads. For more information on SOCRRA visit them online at:

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