Acceptable & Unacceptable Items

  1. Acceptable Items
  2. Unacceptable Items

Paper


  • Tissue (including color)
  • Wrapping Paper

Plastic Containers


  • All containers marked 1-7
  • No motor oil containers

Glass, Bottles & Jars


  • Clean and discard lids
  • No green or brown glass, broken glass, mirrors, window glass, light bulbs, or ceramic mugs
  • Only clear glass

Tin Cans, Small Metal Items & Empty Aerosol Cans


Aerosol cans must be empty
Clean cans and remove both ends and flatten
Only magnetic metals
Small metal items such as clothes hangers, silverware, pipe, clean pots and pans, etc.

Aluminum


Clean pie pans, TV dinner trays, lawn furniture, and cans
Nonmagnetic metals
Storm or screen doors (remove glass)


Newspapers, Inserts & Junk Mail


Newspaper and all inserts that come with the newspaper (staples OK). Newsprint Ads.
Tie with string or place in paper bag.

Magazines, Glossy Advertisements, Catalogs & Telephone Books


  • Glossy advertisements magazines and catalogs
  • Tie securely with string or put in paper bag with newspapers

Paperboard & Boxboard Boxes


Only clean empty paper boxes such as:
  • Cereal boxes
  • Cracker and cake boxes, etc.
  • Detergent boxes
  • Frozen food boxes
  • No milk or juice cartons or drink boxes
  • Paper towel roll (inside core)
  • Pizza boxes (outside box only)
  • Pop and beer cartons
  • Remove all food, plastic, cellophane, foil, and liners
Flatten and put in paper bag with newspapers or tie with string.

Corrugated Cardboard


  • Discard packing material, loose food, or badly stained cardboard
  • Fold or cut into 2 foot by 3 foot pieces. Tie securely or bundle with paperboard and boxboard.

Used Motor Oil


The Sterling Heights Recycling Center (7200 18 Mile Road) will no longer accept waste oil for environmental reasons. Residents looking to dispose of waste or used motor oil can dispose of it at any of the following local and regional businesses:

  • Pep Boys Auto
  • Auto Zone
  • O'Reilly Auto Parts
  • Walmart Tire and Lube Express
  • Advanced Auto Parts
  • Valvoline Instant Oil Change

If you have any questions, please contact DPW at (586) 446-2440.