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Yard Waste, Trash & Recycling

Clawson City Wide Pick up Day is on Wednesday 

 2021 - SOCRRA Schedule of Important Collection Dates

Memorial Day Week - Collection delayed a day 
Labor Day Week - Collection delayed a day

Yard Waste


All of the Yard Waste Collected in Clawson goes to Rochester Hills Compost Site.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) takes a very active role in enforcing the ban on the disposal of yard waste (compost) into landfills. As a result, the City of Clawson will only accept yard waste materials during the compost season. 

The 2021 curbside compost collection season starts on Wednesday, April 7th, 2020. Use Brown Yard Waste Bags or if you use a Yard Waste container they can be no larger than 35 Gallons and designated for yard waste only. Stickers are free and available at the Building Department in City Hall.

For further information call the Clawson DPW 248.288.3222. 

Trash Collection Reminders

Please place your bags and cans on the easement in front of your home or on the end of your driveway apron. Refuse not in containers must be properly packaged and place neatly at the street curb - not dumped or scattered.

Pick-Up is on Wednesday—City Wide. Collection trucks may service your street at a different time of day.     

Bag weight limit is 40 lbs. Rubbish containers can be no larger than 35 Gallons with a weight limit 60 lbs. You can call Tringali Sanitation, Inc. at 248.585.9120 if you would like to purchase a larger poly cart trash can. They are the only acceptable cans larger than the permitted 35 gallons.

Yard Waste containers can be no larger than 35 Gallons and designated for yard waste only with a weight limit of 50 lbs. Stickers are free and available at the Building Department in City Hall. You can call Tringali Sanitation, Inc. at 248.585.9120 and purchase a larger can for Compost but it must be marked with a Yard Waste sticker and always designated for Yard Waste. They are the only acceptable cans larger than the permitted 35 gallons.

The City's service provider is Tringali Sanitation. Please remember Rubbish, Recycling & Compost (only during pick up season) place out for collection after 5pm on Tuesdays and before 7am Wednesdays. Refuse, Recycle and Yard Waste containers must be removed from the street curb by the following day. 

SOCRRA has made it even easier for residents to inquire about recycling and waste disposal with the launch of a tool called the Waste Wizard. This comprehensive search tool assist residents of SOCRRA’S twelve member communities to determine which materials can be reused, recycled, composted, or disposed. 

To use the tool, residents type in the material they wish to learn more about, and information is instantly provided regarding proper handling. To make the Waste Wizard even more accessible, residents can download a free mobile app for both Apple and Android devices. The Waste Wizard is also available on the SOCRRA website (, which was recently redesigned to be more user friendly and helpful for residents. “Our residents are avid recyclers and want to ensure they are placing materials to the curb the right way,” said Jeff McKeen, General Manager of SOCRRA. “With the Waste Wizard tool, residents are no longer limited to our business hours, and can inquire 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and get the answers they are looking for easily and quickly.” The new tool will provide SOCRRA with information about what materials are most often asked about, which will help target future education and outreach. “SOCRRA is very excited to offer this enhanced level of customer service for our residents,” said McKeen.


Recycle cart
Take these recyclables to the SOCRRA drop-off center

When and how often will my recycling be picked up?
Collection is on Wednesday, the same day as your garbage pick-up. 

What happens if I move? Do I take the cart with me?
If you move, the recycling cart should be left behind for the new residents. Carts are tied to the household address.

All plastic containers (if it held something it is a container) can be placed in recycle cart or can be dropped off at SOCRRA's Recycling Drop-Off Center - no need to look for the number on the bottom of the container. Examples of acceptable material are water bottles, tubs, trays, buckets (kitty litter containers), milk jugs, orange juice containers, soap containers, microwave dishes, Cool Whip containers, butter tubs, shampoo bottles, molded plastic containers (like strawberry containers, plastic flower flat containers), etc. Please make sure they are empty and rinsed out. Soft lids that come on yogurt containers, butter tubs, etc. can go in the cart.  Also please remove hard plastic caps and recycle at the drop-off center. Plastic trash cans or even old recycling bins can be recycled at SOCRRA's Recycling Drop-off Center.

Glass Bottles and Jars
All colors. Remove metal lids and place them in recycle cart.  Hard plastic caps or lids recycle at the drop-off center.
Clean empty cans and aerosol cans, put in recycle cart.  Please remove hard plastic caps and recycle at the drop-off center.  Take scrap metal, pots, pans and small appliances to SOCRRA drop off center.  

Plastic Bags Cannot be placed in the curbside cart. 
The following are accepted by SOCRRA's Drop Off Center at this time: Clean, empty plastic bags from grocery/drug stores/dry cleaners/bags newspapers come in/ bread bags/clean empty trash bags. Place the bags in the Plastic Bag Shed. No twine or plastic handles please.

Paint & Chemicals 
Take to SOCRRA drop off center.

No Batteries or Automotive batteries in cart (you can take them to the drop-off center). 

Corrugated Cardboard, Paperboard, Drink Boxes, Boxboard
All cardboard should be placed in the cart. Fold, flatten, or cut down.  Nothing bigger that 3 x 3. Beware! Cardboard jammed into the cart may get stuck, so please follow these guidelines to ensure your cart can fully be emptied. Discard packing material, loose food or badly stained items. Remove all food, cellophane, liners. Empty food and beverage boxes, milk cartons, paper cups, drink & juice boxes. Flatten paperboard. Place inside recycling cart.  No hard cover books or Styrofoam take to SOCRRA drop off center.

Magazines and Catalogs
Glossy magazines and catalogs. May be mixed together with other papers, paperback books place in cart.

Paper, Newspapers, Glossy Ads, Inserts and Mail
May be mixed together with other papers, paperback books, place in cart. (No Kleenex, toilet tissue, paper towels or napkins.)

Telephone Books
Put inside recycling cart.

Hard Cover Books
Hardcover books can be dropped off at SOCRRA's Recycling Drop-off Center (cannot be placed in the curbside cart).

Materials Accepted at Drop off Centers
All curbside items listed, plus:

  • Automotive batteries
  • Batteries 
  • Office paper 
  • Cardboard 
  • Electronics
  • Paperbacks
  • Hardcover books
  • Plastic shopping bags
  • Scrap metal, pots and pans.
  • Styrofoam is accepted at the Drop off center. You can drop off the following items: cups, take out containers, egg cartons, rinsed meat trays, food trays and lunch trays. All items must be rinsed.  (No Styrofoam Peanuts) 
  • Paints, garden chemicals, automotive products, oils, household cleaners, solvents, insulin syringes, fluorescent light bulbs, and other hazardous materials from homes..

SOCRRA 995 Coolidge Troy(between 14 Mile and Maple, across from Meijer) 248.288.5153 Must show ID  - Please contact SOCRRA for hours of operation for for Hazardous Waste & Electronics Recycling. Must show ID.



Take to: Novi Crushed Concrete, 46900 W. 12 Mile Road in Novi (free) 248.305.6020, T J Fiore Crushed Concrete for inexpensive disposal (33300 Mound Road in Sterling Heights) 586.939.6200. Otherwise, SOCRRA accepts at Troy Transfer Station for a fee.

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