Curbside Recycling

Curbside recycling is offered to residents free of charge via Southeast Oakland County Resource Recovery Association (SOCRRA). It costs the City considerably less for recycling than garbage disposal, so recycling makes smart sense for Ferndale and its residents. To participate, simply purchase a recycling bin for $10 from the Department of Public Works and set your bin at the curb on your regular garbage pickup day. 

SOCRRA accepts:
  • Bottles and jars—clear, brown, blue, and green colors
  • Plastics—food containers, detergent bottles, cat litter buckets, shampoo bottles, and more
  • Paper-based food and beverage boxes—milk cartons, juice boxes, and paper cups
  • Metals—cans, small scrap items, foils, and more
  • Paper—newspapers, magazines, catalogs, paperback books, and more
  • Household batteries (packaged in clear plastic bags)
  • Cardboard (unfolded, flattened, and bundled)
For more about accepted items and preparation guidelines, visit SOCRRA

Drop-off Center
The SOCRRA drop-off center is open to the public at no cost. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m, and Saturday between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. The drop-off center is also available for residents who have scrap metal or other larger items to recycle.

Single stream recycling refers to a system in which all paper fibers, plastics, metals, and other containers are mixed in a collection truck instead of being sorted before being deposited into your curbside recycling bin. In single stream, both the collection and processing systems are designed to handle this fully commingled mixture of recyclables, with materials being separated for reuse at a materials recovery facility.

SOCRRA is currently operating a single stream pilot program with the community of Huntington Woods, and has also undertaken feasibility studies to understand the costs required for the development of a Material Recovery Facility (MRF) that could support the recyclables of all SOCRRA communities.