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Farmington Hills Recycling Rate Hits 40 Percent

Waste Management offers tips for correct use of the larger carts rolled out last summer.

With larger recycling carts rolled out last summer, Farmington Hills residents now divert 40 percent of solid waste from landfills and into the recycling process. 

But while residents are making more use of the carts, they could also be using them more efficiently. In a press release issued by the City of Farmington Hills, Waste Management offers the following tips for ensuring that carts are emptied quickly and effectively:

  • DO put only recyclable items in the recycling carts.

  • DO follow the reference list of allowable materials on the cart lid. If you’re unsure if something can be recycled, go to www.rrrasoc.org for further details.

  • DO set your cart “apart.” Place the recycling cart away from mailboxes, parked cars, trees, and other garbage cans.

  • DO place your cart the right way so the automated lift device can grab it. Follow the directional arrows and remember – “hinge toward the house.”

  • DO drill a small hole (approximately one quarter inch) in the bottom of the cart for rainwater drainage.

  • DO write your address on the side of the cart with a permanent marker.

  • DON’T put garbage in the recycling cart. Farmington Hills now has single stream recycling, which refers to the sorting process at the recycling facility, it does not mean that garbage and recycling can be combined.

  • DON’T pile extra items next to the recycling cart. Only recyclable items that are in the cart will be recycled.

  • DON’T worry if the lid is sometimes left open and sometimes left closed – it’s still been emptied by the recycling truck.

  • DON’T put your cart out if it’s not full, it doesn’t need to be emptied each week.

For more information, call the DPW at 248-871-2850 or visit www.fhgov.com.

Deb kendzierski March 27, 2013 at 12:16 PM
Many residents are not aware that plastic grocery bags are not recycleable in the bins. These can be recycled at your local grocery store
Scott Wood March 27, 2013 at 12:38 PM
Also light paper products like paper towels are NOT recycleable. I thought all paper was but recently found out that this is not true. I changed our container to the largest size which is nice for cardboard boxes and such now that all items must be inside the container.
Joni Hubred-Golden (Editor) March 27, 2013 at 12:42 PM
Thanks, Deb and Scott, for sharing those additional tips!
Michael Ritenour March 27, 2013 at 04:39 PM
Thank you for pointing that out. I was one of those who mistakenly thought grocery bags were recyclable, but upon reading your comment I looked up the guidelines and you're correct.
Steve Close March 28, 2013 at 05:59 PM
Plastic grocery bags are a problem for single stream recycling facilities as they get tangled in the sorting tines and the line has to be shut down to clean them out. That is why they are recycled seperately at the grocery store.

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