Rubbish Disposal

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There are several different collections of rubbish as listed below. Each is fulfilled on Tuesday but check our Calendar page for holiday exceptions.

Household Garbage

Pickup will takes place between 7:00 am and 4:00 pm, but times may vary from week to week due to schedule changes and/or staff and equipment issues. To ensure pickup of all items, you should have them at the curbside by 7:00 am. The City of Farmington Hills requires that garbage cans, bags and bundles should be placed at the curb or at the edge of the street in front of the home no earlier than 6:00 pm the prior day.

Compostable and Yard Waste


The City of Farmington Hills deems acceptable yard waste to include leaves, grass, shrub clippings, twigs, and plant materials. There are two options available for yard waste removal:

  1. Place it in a trash can (32-gallon size limit) with a Yard Waste Recycling sticker on both sides. Yard Waste stickers, like that shown on the right, are available free from City Hall or the Department of Public Works.
  2. Put it in special brown paper yard waste bags available from most local hardware and big-box stores.

Small limbs (six inches in diameter or less) and brush must be tied in bundles that do not exceed four feet in length or weigh more than 60 pounds per bundle. Unbundled brush and large limbs will not be picked up. Also, any brush or twigs placed in cans or bags should not stick out above the top of the container and large quantities of dirt or sod are not accepted for pickup.

Compost made from the collected waste is available to residents free of charge from April through September at William Grace Dog Park, 29040 Shiawassee Road, east of Middlebelt. Compost may be picked up from dawn to dusk, seven days a week. You may be asked for proof of residency. Check our Calendar for exact dates in any year.

Bulky Items

A list of acceptable and non-acceptable items may be found here on the City’s website.

Non‑Hazardous Waste Recycling

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The City provides special bins for recycling in cooperation with the Resource Recovery and Recycling Authority of Southwest Oakland County (RRRASOC).

For more information on what may be recycled, visit the RRRASOC website .

Document Shredding


Several times per year, the City provides a free drive-up document shredding service at the Costick Center parking lot to residents aged 55 and older. The limit is 4 paper grocery bags per car. When announced, dates are posted on our Calendar page.

The mobile shredder will be onsite at Hazardous Waste Recycling events. Residents may bring up to 3 boxes or 100 pounds of paper.

Hazardous Waste Recycling


For a list of what constitutes household hazardous waste (HHW), refer to the Resource Recovery and Recycling Authority of Southwest Oakland County (RRRASOC) website .

The City, in cooperation with RRRASOC, sponsors HazWaz days at various sites around the district, several times per year. These will be posted on our Calendar page when announced.

Electronic Waste (aka E-Waste) is a special sector or Hazardous Waste, often dealt with separately. E-Waste includes electronic products nearing or at the end of their “useful life.” Many of these products can be reused, refurbished, or recycled. Often, they contain recyclable components that have value if properly recycled. They also may contain hazardous constituents such as lead, mercury and flame retardants that can pose an environmental or health threat if not properly handled. Check our Calendar for special E-Waste collection events or take them to the retailers listed below.

Environmental Recycling Group located at 13040 Merriman Road, Livonia 48150 (one block south of I-96 on east side of road before the railroad tracks) will accept Hazardous Waste 8:30am – 4pm Tuesday – Friday.
Phone: 734-437-9650.

DTE and Consumers Energy will collect and pay a bounty for working refrigerators and air conditioners. (They are supposed to working before they are collected.) Consumer Energy work through Conservation Services Group (313.963.5262) and DTE’s program is detailed at or call 866.796.0512.

Best Buy, the nearest location for which is at 28400 Telegraph Road, Southfield, in the Tel-Twelve Mall, will accept a wide range of electronic products if delivered to their stores. See details here .

Motor oil can be disposed of at hazardous waste disopsal events or at Environmental Recycling Group (see above).

Batteries Plus at 30760 Orchard Lake Rd , will recycle all types of batteries. They also accept Compact Florescent Lamps (CFL), which should not go into the regular trash because they contain mercury. Small electronic devices such as cell phones, PDAs and laptops, as well as small portable tools, will also be accepted.

Printer Cartridges are accepted for recycling by both Staples and OfficeMax/Depot  , each offering a small credit within their rewards programs. Staples will also take office electronic hardware and small batteries.

Note: before taking a computer to any of the recycling centers above, for your own security, you should remove the hard drive or open it and break the disks.