Trash, Bulk and Recycling FAQs



When does trash, recycling, yard waste, and bulk get picked up?

Everything gets picked up on a Thursday. Trash gets picked up every Thursday. Recycling, bulk and yard waste get picked up every other Thursday. Text your street address to sign up for trash & recycling reminders from the City of Detroit Department of Public Works: (313) 800-7905. You can also see the dates for pickup on our UDCA calendar.

Who is our waste provider?

Advanced Disposal. If you have issues with your garbage, recycling or any other waste pick up services please contact Advanced Disposal at (844) 233-8764.

What should NOT be thrown in the trash?

Nearly every item found in your garage, basement, kitchen, bathroom cupboards and home office that you know doesn’t belong in the regular trash. Poisons, solvents, heavy metals, and other toxic products should never be poured down a drain or thrown into the trash.  These items will only be accepted at: Department of Public Works Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Receiving Facility at (313) 923-2240.

How do I get a recycling bin?

You can get a free recycling bin from the city by filling out a form here: or

What should NOT be put in recycling?

Any unaccepted items should be taken out. Unaccepted items include: paper milk and juice cartons, plastic bags, styrofoam containers and styrofoam packaging, juice boxes, garbage, propane tanks, paint cans, medical waste, flammable liquids, household cleaners, chemicals (dry or liquid), wood items, yard waste: wood or trash, batteries, or light bulbs

Where can I recycle other kinds of materials?

You can drop other recycled items off at Recycle Here! However, please check their website first due to COVID-19.

What kind of items can I put in bulk?

Residents are allowed up to 2 cubic yards of bulk items per pickup which is approximately the size of a sofa or two stoves. Items accepted for pickup would not fit in an empty garbage container. Items NOT ACCEPTED: Construction and demolition debris, hazardous waste, other unacceptable waste materials. Prior to disposal, all liquids, food, chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and any unacceptable waste must be removed from bulk waste items and appliances.

What if I have too many things for bulk? 

Department of Public Works offers a Paid Bulk Collection Service to help residents remove unwanted debris from their yards. Most types of debris including branches, construction/renovation materials, and couches are accepted. Call DPW Solid Waste Division at (313) 876-0004.

What do I need to know about yard waste?

Items accepted for pickup include: leaves, grass clippings, tree branches and twigs (tied and bundled).  No more than 60 lbs – if you can not lift it, chances are they can not either. Items NOT ACCEPTED: garbage, large tree debris, tree stumps, soil or dirt. Yard waste must be bagged in biodegradable paper bags or bundles. No plastic bags will be accepted.

Information for this article was compiled from the City of Detroit Department of Public Works public documents. Learn more at