Refuse, Recycling and yard waste collection is performed by an outside contractor, Rizzo Services and administered through the Director of Public Services office.

Rizzo Services, 22449 Groesbeck, Warren MI 48089
Ph. 1-866-772-8900, email:

General Regulations

Refuse is collected once each week. Collections occur between the hours of 7AM and 6PM. Please have all refuse placed at the curb, in front of residence the night before your collection day or by 7 AM that morning. Under no circumstances should refuse be put out at the curb more than 14 hours prior to collection day. Empty containers must be removed from the curb as soon as possible after collection.

Check here for your: Refuse Collection Area & Schedule


Please Note:

  • The refuse collector is not allowed to reach into any container to dislodge contents.
  • Undersized containers (20 gallons and under) will be considered expendable and will be thrown out with the regular rubbish.

The weight of any refuse bag or bundled item cannot exceed 40 pounds, yard waste containers  cannot exceed 50 pounds and trash containers must be packaged in the following ways:

1. REGULAR REFUSE - Contained garbage, and other household materials must be placed in containers not larger than 32 gallons or in 20-30 gallon plastic bags. Trash and yard waste can not be mixed at any time per State law.

2. RECYCLABLES - Recyclable items must be placed in an 18 gallon Royal Oak recycling bin and put at the curb on your regular refuse day no later than 7:00 am. Bins can be purchased at the DPS office, 1600 N Campbell Rd, between 7:30 am - 4:00 pm, Monday - Friday. Cost is $8 for the bin, $2 for the lid (cash, check or credit card accepted).

Recycling Electronic Equipment? Click here for more information.

3. YARD WASTE (Pay Tags are no longer needed) - On November 1, 2004 State laws (Public Act 34 & 35) were enacted which prohibits yard waste from entering Michigan landfills.

Residents are no longer allowed to place yard waste at curbside once the program ends from mid-December through March 31.

Residents (not businesses, landscapers, etc.) can take brown paper landscape bags of yard waste to the Troy Transfer Station (995 Coolidge - across from Meijer, Hours: are M-F 8am-4pm, Sat: 8am-12 noon) over winter (mid-December through March 31 only), for composting, at no charge.

Yard waste is considered to be grass, leaves, spent garden plants, flowers, weeds, pine needles, pine cones, acorns, chestnuts, walnuts, apples, pumpkins, loose straw (not baled), vines, twigs and woody material up to 2" in diameter. Yard waste can not be mixed in the same container with regular trash at any time of the year. Acceptable containers for yard waste are trash cans (20 to 32 gallon) with a yard waste decal facing the street (decals available at DPS Offices or at City Hall), or a kraft paper landscape bag. Containers cannot weigh more than 50 pounds. Plastic bags are no longer acceptable for yard waste of any kind. Yard waste will be left and tagged until issue is resolved. Once corrected, yard waste will be collected on your next scheduled day.

Click here for Detailed Yard Waste Guidelines

The Leaf Vacuum Program begins at the end of October. Rake leaves into the street according to the collection schedule. For the Leaf Pick up Schedule, check this site, WROK Cable (Ch. 10/55) or INSIGHT (the Free City Newsletter). Check here for the Leaf Pick up Schedule.

4. BRUSH - Tree branches, shrubs or hedge-type bushes without root system between 2" and 5" in diameter can be cut into 4-foot lengths and tied securely into bundles weighing less than 40 pounds and not more than 15" in diameter and can be placed at the curb by 7:00 a.m. on your regular refuse day and will be taken with the trash. Woody material less than 2" in diameter needs to be put with yard waste. Brush can not protrude from garbage cans and workers cannot reach in to dislodge contents. Logs larger than 5" in diameter are not picked up and must be disposed of privately.


Brush Chipping Service - Effective July 1, 2010 the City's recommended contractor is JH Hart Urban Forestry. You can contact them directly or hire a private contractor.

JH Hart Urban Forestry, Phone: 586-795-5581

The following fees will apply:

The charge is $45.00 for each 15 minutes of chipping. Residents must pay the contractor directly via cash, check or Credit Card. They will take a credit card via phone. Residents will be invoiced for all work over 15 minutes, in additional 15 minute increments. REMEMBER that you pay for the time spent at your stop; time spent to sort through materials to access brush to be chipped costs the same as actual chipping time.

Scope: Branches up to 6" in diameter, 4 foot or longer, neatly stacked at curb, shrubs without root-ball will also be picked up.

Contact JH Hart Urban Forestry if you require additional information


Appliances, large metal items

A separate truck picks up large bulky items such as appliances, hot water tanks, etc., on the same day as your regular refuse collection. Items must be at your curb by 7 AM on refuse day. Please separate these items from your regular refuse by 2 - 3 feet. Refrigerator and freezer doors must be removed for safety reasons. If your residence is on a cul-de-sac or dead-end, or if you live in an apartment/condo complex, the D.P.S. office should be notified the day prior to your refuse collection, please call (248)246-3300.


For Latex paint only, remove lid and allow to harden or add kitty litter or sawdust to absorb the liquid; put at curb on refuse day with lid removed for pickup with trash. Residents may also chip out dried paint, rinse and put can in recyclng bin, with lid off (a thin film of paint residue is okay). Paint in liquid form or paint cans with lids still on will be left at the curb until the problem is corrected.

Oil based paint is considered hazardous waste and must be disposed of properly. Please call SOCRRA to schedule an appointment at 248-288-5153 or go online at and click on Household Hazardous Waste & Electronics. NO APPOINTMENT is necessary. Hours are M, T, Th, F 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m; W 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m. to Attendant will verify residency.

Carpeting & Padding

Roll and tie securely (with either duct tape or twine) into bundles no longer than 4 feet in length, weighing no more than 40 pounds (manageable for one person). Put at curb with regular trash by 7am of your regular refuse day.

Broken Glass/Mirror

Wrap in heavy paper or place in cardboard box or metal can with a lid and put with regular refuse. DO NOT put broken glass with recycling.

Whole Glass/Mirror

Put in old sheet/blanket, break glass and discard sheet with broken glass in cardboard box or metal can (marked as broken glass) or put in flattened cardboard box and tape all edges closed. Mark as glass/mirror. Set out with regular refuse. DO NOT put broken glass with recycling.

Glass Doors/Windows

Tape an "X" pattern on both sides of glass. The glass will stick to the tape instead of shatter on the street. Contractor accepts glass doors 6' tall x 3' wide. If larger, need to dispose of privately. Put at curb with regular trash by 7am of your regular refuse day.

Excluded Curbside Items

There are certain items that are NOT acceptable for curbside collection:

• Asbestos insulation
• Engines
• Explosives
• Flammable products
• Infectious materials
• Liquids
• Light Bulbs; Flourescent & CFL
• Hazardous waste (see Below)
  • Radioactive items
• Tree stumps
• Tires
• Transmissions
• Rear Axles
• Loose items: Bricks, concrete (even if attached to something), sod or dirt

These materials must be disposed of privately. See or call 248-288-5150 for locations, hours, rates and procedures. Limited amounts of construction items from home occupant's personal repair or remodeling are acceptable; however, items cannot be longer than 4 feet in length, must be bundled and weigh less than 40 pounds per bundle.

Electronics Recycling

S.O.C.R.R.A. handles electronics recycling including computers, CPUs, radios, routers and more. For more information,

No appontment is necessary. Hours are M, T, Th, F 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m; W 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m. to

This service is available to ANY resident or business regardless of address.


Household Hazardous Materials

S.O.C.R.R.A. handles materials such as, but not limited to: motor oil, pesticides, flourescent & CFL light bulbs, medicines, syringes, varnishes, paints (latex is not a household hazardous waste - see PAINT information above), and other hazardous materials at its drop-off site, located at 995 Coolidge Hwy. Containers will not be returned.

For a list of hazardzous household waste materials visit:

No appontment is necessary. Hours are M, T, Th, F 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m; W 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m. to

See attendant for drop-off. They will check residency.

(Only S.O.C.R.R.A. residents may dispose of hazardous waste - no businesses.)

Please call S.O.C.R.R.A. at 248-288-5150 for further details or visit


Holiday Interruptions

When one of the following holidays falls on a weekday, collection for the remaining days of the week will be delayed one day. Holidays are official holidays, not City observed holidays. Trash pickup is not affected when a holiday falls on a weekend. Trash pickup is not affected for any holidays not listed below.

    New Years Day
    Memorial Day
    Independence Day
    Labor Day
    Thanksgiving (delayed Thursday & Friday only **)
    Christmas Day

    ** Thursday is picked up Friday and Friday is picked up Saturday. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday are picked up on the scheduled day.


Royal Oak Public Service Dept. 248-246-3300 (M-F, 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM)
   - For answers to questions regarding Refuse, Recycling & Yard Waste Collection
Address: 1600 N Campbell Rd

DPS Hotline  248-246-3333
   - Public Service hours, after hours emergencies.


  • 248-288-5150 - For answers about dropoff, recycling, preparation of materials, hours of operation and fees.
  • The SOCRRA facility is located at 995 Coolidge Highway between 14 and 15 Mile Roads, across from the Meijer gas station.

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