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Waste Collection/Recycle

Waste Collection

Chapter 12 of the City Code covers the requirements for refuse disposal in the City of Grosse Pointe Park. Following is a short summary of the requirements for refuse removal in the city. If you have any questions, please contact the Department of Public Service at 313-822-5020.
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What is REFUSE?

Refuse is defined as animal and vegetable waste resulting from the handling, preparation, cooking and consumption of foods and all other organic matter subject to rapid decomposition, as well as cardboard, paper, cartons, boxes and ordinary wastes from residential and business establishments. It shall also include items too large for regular pick-up such as tree stumps, discarded furniture, appliances, toys, clothing and other similar materials. The Department of Public Works picks up the large items.

Concrete, brick pavers, stones, logs etc. are the homeowners responsibility.


It is the duty of every owner of every lot or property to keep their lot or property free of rubbish and debris.  Grosse Pointe Park City Code Section 12-1 states suitable garbage and rubbish receptacles shall be provided and used by the owner, tenant, lessee or occupant of the premises. Landlords shall be responsible for removal of all rubbish from evictions/move outs. If you need a special pick-up, please call (313) 822-5100. All special pick-ups will be charged to landlords/owners.

What is my service day?

Please click on the link provided by Green For Life to view your service day Click Here

What do I do with my Hazardous Waste?

Hazardous wastes need to be disposed of properly. A hazardous product can be toxic, flammable, corrosive, or react with other substances to create harmful fumes or explosions. These products are labeled with DANGER, WARNING, CAUTION, CORROSIVE, OR FLAMMABLE on the container. If you need to dispose of hazardous waste call Wayne County's Resource Recovery Coordinator at 734-326-3936. The City also participates in an area wide hazardous waste disposal day with the other Grosse Pointes and Harper Woods. This takes place in the spring of each year. In addition, Wayne County hosts multiple Household Hazardous Waste Days throughout the year. 

What is Yard Waste?

This is defined as garden, lawn or tree trimmings, leaves and dead garden plants from the normal household. It shall not include rubbish from the work of a landscape gardener or private companies.

What do I do with YARD WASTE?

All yard waste must be in paper bags or in 32 gallon containers (no lids) with handles that have a green yard waste sticker on them. If you choose to use containers you may pick up stickers for your containers in the Public Service Department. Containers can be no larger than 32 gallon. Toters are not acceptable yard waste containers. Please do not place sticks, brush, or weeds, on the top of your trash container. Improperly contained yard waste will be left at the curb.

Yard waste will be collected from April 1 thru November 30.

What do I do with BRANCHES AND BRUSH?


Brush is described as tree and shrubbery trimmings not exceeding one inch in diameter.  Brush shall be cut into 4 foot lengths and tied in bundles no larger than 18 inches in diameter and no heavier than 50 lbs.  Do not mix brush with yard waste. Only grass clippings can be mixed with leaves at the curb.


Chipper brush is defined as tree and shrubbery trimmings, cuttings, branches and limbs exceeding one inch, but not more than 5 inches in diameter, with all stumps and roots removed for disposal by the chipper machine. Length shall be 7 - 10 ft. long with stub ends to the curb for chipping. The chipper will handle branches the size of a fist. Small sticks should be broken down and put into compost containers or compost bags. The chipper will NOT pick up any small piles or pieces that are left out at the curb. Chipper brush will be chipped at the curb on or as close to your rubbish day as possible.

Can I put BUILDING MATERIALS at the curb?

It shall be the duty of the owner, contractor, or other person responsible for construction work to maintain the site clean and free of excess debris during construction and to remove from the premises within a reasonable time after the completion of such construction work all surplus construction material and all refuse building material.

Does the City Recycle?

Yes we do! A small lime green recycling container and or a blue 32 gallon container is the place to put your recycle material. We ask that you only place this at the curb when it is full.

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What should I put in the RECYCLE BIN?

Acceptable Recycling Materials

  • Cardboard & Paper Bags
  • Paperboard Magazines & Catalogs
  • Junk Mail
  • Phone Books
  • Newspaper
  • Office Paper
  • Steel & Tin Cans
  • Clear Glass
  • Colored Glass
  • Kitchen Cookware
  • Aluminum Cans
  • Plastic Jugs/Bottles
  • Household Plastic (#1 – #7)
Household Batteries

GFL does NOT accept batteries for recycling. Wayne County hosts multiple household hazardous waste days throughout the year and accepts batteries. The Grosse Pointe communities host a hazardous waste day and will accept batteries. Please check the website or call the Public Service department for dates.  

UNACCEPTABLE MATERIAL - syringes, hypodermic needles or medical waste, paper milk or juice cartons, garbage, Styrofoam, motor oil containers, large appliances, yard waste, garden hoses, grass, wood, wood branches or leaves, automotive parts, cylinder heads, brake rotors, drums or engine blocks, tanks, propane, oxygen, helium, aerosol cans or empty paint cans.

When can containers be put at the curb?

Waste and recycling containers shall not be placed out at the curb line for collection prior to 6:00 p.m. in the evening preceding the day of collection. Please have receptacles out by 7:00 a.m. the day of collection. After receptacles are emptied they shall be removed from the street on the same day that collections are made.

All rubbish, recycling, and yard waste containers need to be returned to private and off the alley line within two days of pickup.  Violators will be ticketed.
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