May 4, 2013

Recycling in Detroit & Curbside Basics

Detroit’s Curbside Recycling Program

To demonstrate the significant power of recycling to create jobs, cut costs for the City, reduce air pollution, and to make incineration financially untenable ZWD is working to accelerate the rate at which Detroit is scaling up it’s recycling.


  • Citywide curbside recycling: Opt-in program; Bi-weekly recycling collection
  • Contact Zero Waste Detroit: 313-986-2990 or to schedule a recycling workshop— participants receive a free recycling cart

 pic222How to Recycle:

  • Place all recyclables in cart – no sorting necessary.
  • Empty, rinse, and make sure all items are free of food and dirt
  • Lids, tops, and labels do not need to be removed

DO NOT put in:

  • plastic bags
  • food
  • liquid waste
  • yard waste
  • styrofoam
  • paper milk and juice boxes
  • light bulbs
  • batteries
  • fabrics
  • paint cans
  • medical waste



Collection issues?

  • West-side residents call Advanced Disposal at 844-233-8764
  • East and Southwest residents call Rizzo at 866-772-8900

More Questions?

Check out the City of Detroit’s Recycling FAQs webpage



If you are interested in having a Recycling presentation at your school, church, organization, or business please contact our Outreach Coordinator at 313-986-2990 or