Cardboard Preparation

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The City of Royal Oak greatly encourages recycling and cardboard is a large part of the recycling process. Cardboard preparation no longer needs to be time consuming.  Please put cardboard out according to the directions below by 7:00 a.m. of your refuse day. Recycling saves the City, as well as residents money on disposal fees, but more importantly it helps the environment. Please pass this along, the more we recycle the more everyone benefits!!

Ways to Recycle Cardboard

  • If using 65-gallon toter: flatten cardboard and place inside toter, it does not need to be tied. Cardboard cannot stick out of the toter, if it does the toter will be tagged and left until the issue is corrected.
  • If using 18-gallon bin: flatten and place inside bin, it does not need to be tied.  Or flatten and stuff all cardboard and paperboard items into a cardboard box no larger than 36 inches long x 24 inches wide x 24 inches tall (which is the approximate size of the truck bin - see picture at left). Place tied cardboard next to or on top of your recycling bin.
  • Large empty appliance/electric/oversized boxes that are not broken down will go with the trash. Make sure boxes only contain packing material - no trash. If boxes contain trash they will be left until the issue is corrected.

Save a step!!

Bring any size cardboard to SOCRRA’s drop-off facility. There is no need to break down boxes; just make sure there is no packaging material or trash. SOCRRA is located at 995 Coolidge, Troy (between 14 Mile and Maple, across from the Meijer gas station). Hours are Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. SOCRRA does have winter and summer hours, please go to SOCRRA's website or call 248) 288-5150 to confirm hours of operation.

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