Not all recyclable materials can be recycled through Detroit's program. Some items are also too large for curbside bins to hold. Still other items are too hazardous to be thrown in the trash or a recycling bin.

If you’re a Detroit resident, business, renter or faith leader, check out these resources for your recycling and hazardous waste needs.

Recycling drop-off

Head to to learn how you can recycle the following materials for free:

  • Aseptic
  • Batteries
  • Computer and Electronics
  • Plastic Bags
  • Styrofoam


Hazardous waste drop-off

Poisons, solvents, heavy metals, and other toxic products should never be poured down a drain or thrown into the trash. Instead, use up toxic products completely according to the label and then dispose of them at the:

Household Hazardous Waste Receiving Facility 
2000 E. Ferry Street 
Detroit, MI 48211 
(Near the I-75 and I-94 freeways)

Hours of operation: 
7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Thursdays
8 a.m. to 2 p.m. every fourth Saturday of the month

Schedule an appointment:
Call (313) 923-2240 OR (313) 876-0148


Detroiters can take these items to the facility:

  • Household batteries
  • Home office equipment
  • Electronic car equipment (batteries, brake fluid, fuel, kerosene, motor oil, filters)
  • Cleansers and polishes
  • Fertilizers, pesticides, and weed killers
  • Glues and caulk
  • Mercury thermometers
  • Paint thinners, solvents, and varnishes
  • Wood preservatives
  • Fluorescent light bulbs

The facility will not accept:

  • Unknown or unlabeled wastes
  • Commercially generated wastes
  • Smoke detectors
  • Radioactive materials
  • Explosives
  • Shock-sensitive materials