Zero Waste Detroit is a coalition of local organizations advocating curbside recycling, a materials recovery system which will bring new jobs and economic development to the city, and an end to waste incineration

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Attend or host a recycling workshop And enroll for free in curbside recycling

Learn about the new curbside recycling program in Detroit. Just for attending a recycling workshop, residents can receive a free recycling bin

Incinerator: Report an odor

If you smell garbage in the air in Midtown, you may smell air pollution from the Incinerator at I-75 and I-94. Please report to the MDEQ at 313-456-4712, and 800-292-4706 after hours.

Curbside Recycling Basics

Learn about the DOs and DON’Ts of Detroit’s curbside recycling program

Where does Detroit's waste go?

15% of Detroit households participate in curbside recycling

In 2015, only 1% of the waste in Detroit homes was recycled. As a community, it is imperative that we 1) encourage more Detroiters to participate in curbside recycling and 2) educate ourselves on which items can and cannot can be recycled. Did you know that some cities like San Francisco reuse, recycle and compost up to 80% of their waste? Let's rise to the recycling challenge, Detroit!

  • Curbside Recycling

    4,189 tons

  • Waste incinerator

    228,500 tons

  • Landfill

    74,187 tons

  • Yard Waste / Compost

    17,324 tons

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