For complete recycling information for the City of Royal Oak, please visit SOCRRA’s website at www.socrra.org. 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.
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 www.socrra.org 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.
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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.
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: 248-288-5153 - 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: www.socrra.org
Backyard Composting is Easy!
Composting is nature's own recycling system. Leaves, grass, and other organic matter that fall to the ground provide a home and food supply for nature's recycler's--bacteria, worms, and other microorganisms. These organisms feed on the plant material, breaking them down, and turning them into a dark, nutrient rich product called Compost.
• improves plant nutrition
• holds moisture in sandy soil
• improves compacted soil
• extends the useful life of our landfills
Compost Rules and Guidelines-PLEASE READ
MATERIALS TO COMPOST:
Tree leaves, sod, grass clippings, hay, straw, weeds, chopped corn stalk or cobs, sawdust, shredded newspaper, wood ashes, hedge clippings, and many kinds of plant refuse from the garden.
Do NOT Add to Compost:
Any food items, raw or cooked (to avoid pest & odor problems)
Weeds gone to seed
Charcoal ashes or briquets
HOW IS IT DONE?
Recipe to Build a Pile
+50% Brown Materials (leaves, hay or straw, dead plants; carbon source)
+25% Green materials (grass clippings)
+25% Soil or compost soil contains microorganism that help to break down materials)
= 100% of a compost pile
Turning your Pile
One of the keys to a successful compost pile to turn the pile from time to time. This helps your pile in a couple of ways:
Turning everyday could be detrimental causing all the heat in the center of the pile to escape. Instead, try turning once week and see how that works.
Using the Finished Product
Finished compost can be used in the following ways:
Add to your garden in the spring or fall. Turn the garden soil and apply a 1-3 inch layer of compost.
Compost can be mixed with either garden soil or potting soil in a 50-50 ratio to use for container gardening. The compost adds nutrients and texture to encourage plant growth.
Compost can also be used as a mulch. Spread compost around any garden plants, under bushes, and around trees. For young plants, a 2-3 inch layer of compost often works well. Mulching helps hold in moisture, reduces weeds, and gradually feeds organic matter to the soil and plant roots. Compost is especially useful as mulch in the hottest, driestperiods of the summer.
The Dept of Public Services has more information sheets on compost. Call 246-3300 for yours today.
Grasscycling or Mulching
Let those grass clippings fall where they may!
Composting sound like too much work? What about bagging clippings during each mow? Grasscycling may be the solution for you!
Letting the grass clippings simply stay on the lawn has proven beneficial in several ways:
The most common myth about grass cycling is that clippings DO NOT cause thatch. Clippings are 85% water and therefore break back down quite easily into your lawn. Thatch is the remains of the woody portions of the grass plants and is often the result of over-fertilizing and excessive watering.
CHOOSING A LAWNMOWER
It is possible that the mower you now own may be used for mulching. Always take to a local dealer to make sure. If the machine is not properly designed, hazards could arise such as flying sticks and stones that could seriously injure you and those around you.
A mulching blade or an adapter hit may be available for your mower for a reasonable cost (under $60 dollars).
Mulching blades differ from regular blades by the longer cutting edge, a feature which allows it to "cut & recut" the grass blades and then redirect the clippings to the lawn, rather than to a bag.
For more information, contact the Public Services Department, 246-3300, or your local lawnmower dealer.
Wire-Mesh Holding Unit
A wire-mesh holding unit is inexpensive and easy to build out of either galvanized chicken wire or hardware cloth. (Nongalvanized chicken wire can also be used, but will not last very long.) Posts provide more stability for a chicken wire bin, but make the bin difficult to move. A wire-mesh bin made without posts is easy to lift, and provide access to the compost that is already "done" at the bottom of the pile while the compost at the top of the pile is still decomposing.
Building a Wire-Mesh Holding Unit Using Chicken Wire
Building a Wire-mesh Holding Unit Using Hardware Cloth
Galvanized Hardware Cloth - Technical Information: Economical steel mesh, Hot-dipped zinc coating, 36" roll width - 10 foot length is best, Heavily galvanized, Firm and non-raveling. Common name: 2 mesh galvanized welded. Usually seen being used for rabbit cages.
City of Royal Oak - Christmas Trees will be collected curbside for recycling starting December 26, 2012 - January 13, 2013. Collection will occur on your regular trash day by a private contractor. Please place tree at the curb by 7:00am without decorations, lights, stands, and plastic bags or the tree will be left.
Between 1/14/2013 and 3/29/2013 residents may dispose of trees at the SOCRRA facility located at 995 Coolidge Hwy.
Oakland County Parks and Recreation offers free Christmas Tree Recycling at 11 park locations.
There is no charge to drop off trees. All decorations, plastic, tinsel and wire must be removed. Large quantities from commercial lots will not be accepted.
Dec. 26, 2012 - Jan. 13, 2013
Free Self-Serve Christmas Tree Recycling, seven days, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Addison Oaks near Oxford; Catalpa Oaks in Southfield; Glen Oaks in Farmington Hills; Groveland Oaks near Holly; Independence Oaks near Clarkston; Lyon Oaks in Lyon Township; Orion Oaks in Orion Township; Red Oaks in Madison Heights; Springfield Oaks in Davisburg; Waterford Oaks in Waterford; and White Lake Oaks in White Lake Township.
Dec. 26, 2012 - Jan. 27, 2013
Free Self-Serve Christmas Tree Recycling, seven days, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Independence Oaks (Pine Grove parking lot) and Orion Oaks (Clarkston Rd. parking lot) only.
The parks system processes trees to make compost and wood chips, which will be available to the public in 2013, free of charge. For more information, contact 248-858-0906. For more information, contact 248-858-0906 or visit DestinationOakland.com.
Please call SOCRRA at 248-288-5150 for more information.
What is Yard Waste?
Yard Waste includes: grass clippings, leaves, spent flowers & garden plants, weeds, pine needles, pine cones, acorns, chestnuts, walnuts, apples, Halloween pumpkins, vines, twigs, branches and other woody material up to 2" in diameter. (Put woody yard waste between two inch (2") and five inches (5") in diameter with regular refuse. Refer to brush clipping guidelines.)
How do I prepare yard waste for collection?
Yard waste may be placed in 32-gallon trash cans, clearly labeled with a “yard waste” decal, and facing the street so it can be easily spotted for pickup. Free Yard waste decals are available at the DPS office on Campbell Rd and at City Hall. Yard waste may also be placed in a 30-gallon paper yard waste bag, available at most hardware stores. Containers and bags cannot weigh more than 50 pounds each. Plastic bags are NOT acceptable.
Why must I separate these items?
Yard waste is banned from disposal in Michigan landfills. SOCRRA converts yard waste into compost, a useful nutrient rich soil amendment.
What about brush and branches larger than twigs?
Refer to brush clipping guidelines or below under “What is woody material?".
Is yard waste collected year-round?
No, weekly curbside collection is provided from April through mid-December.
What if I have yard waste when collection isn’t provided?
Royal Oak residents can bring up to 10 yard waste bags per day to the SOCRRA Transfer Station at 995 Coolidge in Troy at no charge from mid-December through March. No plastic bags. Please call SOCRRA at 248-288-5150 for more information.
Acceptable Containers: 20 to 32 gallon trash cans with a "yard waste" bumper sticker decal, or paper landscape bags (no decal on bags). Plastic bags are not allowed.
Yard Waste Will Not Be Picked Up If:
Once the problem is corrected, set yard waste at the curb for collection on your next pick-up/collection day.
Additional Recycling Program Information can be found at SOCRRA: www.socrra.org
What is woody material?
Residents must keep woody materials larger than 2" in diameter out of their separated yard waste. Woody materials do not decompose as fast as grass, leaves and the other "soft" materials and must be screened out of finished compost and landfilled, adding unnecessary costs to the program.
What is it? - Woody materials include: Tree branches, woody shrubs, bushes, and hedges.
How do I dispose of it? Put woody material between 2" and 5" in diameter with the regular refuse and set at curb by 7:00 a.m. on trash day. Tie brush securely into bundles up to 4' long X 15" diameter, not weighing more than 40 pounds, and set at curb. Logs over 5" in diameter must be disposed of privately.
To have brush between 1"-6" in diameter and between 4'-12' lengths chipped at the curb, call a private contractor or the City's recommended contractor for details and costs. The City's recommended contractor is:
J H Hart
Grasscycling (Let clippings fall):
Use a mulching mower or retrofit your current mower with a mulching blade kit and let clips fall back into the lawn.
Cut only 1/3 of grass blade at a time to promote root growth and shade out weeds. Deep roots help plants resist
drought and disease.
Transform your yard waste into humus-rich compost. Use compost in the garden, with potted plants, as a topdressing for lawns, or as mulch around trees and shrubs.
50% Leaves (carbon)
For free fact sheets on grasscycling, composting, and other yard waste reduction and healthy lawn and garden tips, call or write: SOCRRA, 3910 W. Webster Road, Royal Oak, MI 48073