Solid Waste

Refuse Collection Dos and Don'ts

In order for everyone's waste to be regularly collected, each household should follow these dos and don'ts:

DO put your container at curbside by 7 a.m. on your pickup day, and remove it by 9 p.m.

DO NOT put your container out before 6 p.m. the day before your pickup day.

DO NOT put refuse outside of your container. Only items placed inside your container will be collected.

DO NOT place any unwrapped garbage, including liquids and food, inside the container. All refuse must be bagged before placing it in the container.

DO NOT overfill your container. All refuse must fit inside of the container.

place concrete, yard waste, dirt, plaster or other heavy items in your container.

DO follow all refuse guidelines, or you could face fines up to $1,000 per day.
Pursuant to City of Detroit Ordinance # 22-2-43
Residents must store their container on their property, in either the side or rear yard. The container cannot be stored at the curb, in the front yard or on the front porch. Storage in this manner allows the premises to be maintained in an orderly, aesthetically pleasing manner that will help the resident and the City in its efforts to keep Detroit clean. The container has a
hinged lid that opens and shuts easily and is designed to keep odors in, but rain and rodents out.

If any of the following holidays is on or before your collection day, your service will be one day later:

New Year's Day

Martin Luther King's Birthday

Memorial Day

Independence Day

Labor Day

Thanksgiving Day

Christmas Day