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20 LB. PROPANE CYLINDERS

20 lb. propane cylinders are not accepted by Rizzo Services, nor are they included in Household Hazardous Waste collection.

The following companies accept these cylinders for disposal:

Amerigas, 6654 Cotter, Sterling Heights, (800) 627-0019 -- $7.50/cylinder
Metropolitan Rental Co., 49260 Van Dyke, Utica, (586) 731-8750 -- $5.00/cylinder

(NOTE: Prices are subject to change)

BROWN PAPER GROCERY BAGS

Fold and place inside another paper grocery bag.

CAR BATTERIES
The following companies accept unwanted car batteries:

Madison Generator Service Inc, 1727 E Auburn Road, Rochester Hills, (248) 852-2055
O'Reilly Auto Parts, 47250 Van Dyke, Shelby Township, (586) 739-8000
O'Reilly Auto Parts, 52925 Hayes Road, Shelby Township, (586) 532-6397

CARDBOARD

Should be flattened to 2' x 2' or smaller and put in the recycle cart.

PAPERBOARD
(such as cereal boxes) Remove all food, packing material (cereal liners can be placed with plastics for recycling), or badly stained items. Flatten and stuff tightly into the biggest paperboard box or a brown paper bag and fasten securely with string.

DO NOT INCLUDE: MILK CARTONS, DRINK BOXES AND ORANGE JUICE CARTONS as they are wax coated and cannot be recycled!

CARPET

If you are disposing of carpeting or padding, please cut it into 4' x 4' sections, roll and tie or tape the rolls. You may dispose of approximately 12 of these rolls at one time.

COMPACT AND TUBE FLUORESCENT LIGHT BULBS

Rizzo Services single family residential customers in Shelby Township may dispose of compact and tube fluorescent light bulbs at the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day which is normally held the last Saturday of April each year at the Township Municipal Building, 52700 Van Dyke, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m..

All Shelby Township residents can dispose of compact and tube fluorescent light bulbs throughout the year by making arrangements with the Macomb County Health Department. You can visit their website on Mercury-Containing Fluorescent Bulb Recycling for collection dates, times and locations.

You can also drop off compact fluorescent light bulbs at your local Home Depot store.

ELECTRONICS

As we become more dependent on electronic products to make life more convenient, the stockpile of used, obsolete products grows. Although used electronics represent less than two percent of the municipal solid waste stream, if we continue to replace old or outdated electronic equipment at our current rate, that percentage will continue to grow.

Please visit the EPA's national eCycling website for information on how to recycle your unwanted electronics items.

You can now drop off unwanted electronics at our FREE electronics recycling events. See the section titled ELECTRONICS RECYCLING PROGRAM on our main page.

The following companies accept unwanted electronics:

Great Lakes Recycling, 30615 Groesbeck, Roseville, (800) 464-5746
GreenDisk, computer related waste, (800) 305-DISK
National Cristina Foundation, computer related donations, (203) 863-9100
Silicon Alley, 24835 Ryan, Warren, (248) 613-1419

The following stores have trade-in / recycling programs:

ABC Warehouse, 48825 Van Dyke Ave, Shelby Township, (586) 739-1010 [program]
Best Buy, 45520 Utica Park Blvd, Utica, (586) 726-5400 [trade-in program] [recycling program]
Costco, 45460 Market St, Shelby Township, (586) 580-2003 [program]
Kmart, 7601 23 Mile Rd, Shelby Township, (586) 739-1811 [program]
Office Depot, 44835 Schoenherr Rd, Sterling Heights, (586) 323-1540 [program]
RadioShack, 47591 Van Dyke Ave, Shelby Township, (586) 739-7071 [program]
Sam's Club, 45600 Utica Park Blvd, Utica, (586) 726-9800 [program]
Sears, 14100 Lakeside Circle, Sterling Heights, (586) 566-2000 [program]
Staples, 1950 South Rochester Rd, Rochester Hills, (248) 651-7160 [program]
Target, 8200 26 Mile Rd, Shelby Township, (586) 677-8687 [program]

For more information on recycling electronics you can either visit the Electronics TakeBack Coalition's website, visit their Take Back My TV  website, or view their brochure Recycling Your Electronics (Which Electronics Companies Will Take Back Your Old Computer, TV, or Other Electronics?).

EYEGLASSES AND HEARING AIDS

Your unwanted eyeglasses and hearing aids can still help other people. Take your unwanted eyeglasses and hearing aids to the Shelby Township Police Department located at 52530 Van Dyke. Ask desk officer to deposit eyeglasses and hearing aids into the collection container. The eyeglasses are collected by the Shelby Lions Club and the hearing aids are collected by the "Hear Now" charity.

FIRE EXTINGUISHERS

When purchasing fire extinguishers, buy the best quality extinguisher you can find. Extinguishers with metal tops can be recharged, last forever & are cheaper in the long run than disposable, plastic varieties.

Fire extinguishers with metal tops can be recharged & should be tested every 5 or 6 years. Check the Yellow Pages under Fire Protection Equipment for service providers. Most service providers will accept old metal-topped extinguishers for recycling. Very old (glass) fire extinguishers must be disposed of as a hazardous waste. Do NOT throw in the trash or touch their contents.

Disposable, plastic fire extinguishers should be discharged into a trash can to depressurize & then disposed of with regular trash.

FURNITURE
The collection of large bulky waste, such as appliances and furniture, will continue to be part of your solid waste program. You may set out large bulky items on your regular scheduled service day for collection. You may also call our Customer Care Center at 866.772.8900 if you wish to schedule a pickup.

Please place large bulky items out separate from other products for collection and have out by 7:00A.M. Large items may include: washers, dryers, freezers, refrigerators, air conditioners, hot water tanks, stoves, microwaves, couches, chairs, tables, dressers and other large items.

FYI: Please remove the doors and racks from refrigerators and freezers prior to setting out for collection. Also, it is the contractor's responsibility to make sure Freon is extracted according to current environmental standards. 

GASOLINE AND GAS CANS
Empty gas cans can be discarded in the regular trash, just remove the lid. If they contain gasoline, the Macomb County Health Department accepts gas cans from Macomb County residents through their Household Hazardous Waste collection. For collection dates, times and locations click here or call (586) 469-5236.

GLASS BOTTLES AND JARS

Clear and colored glass (except for green) are accepted. Must be empty and rinsed/clean. Remove the lids and recycle them, too.

The following companies accept green glass bottles:

Target, 8200 26 Mile Rd, Shelby Township, (586) 677-8687 [program]

HOUSEHOLD BATTERIES

Due to changes in shipping requirements for batteries they are no longer accepted as part of curbside recycling. You can either save them for Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day or drop off the rechargeable batteries at your local Home DepotKmart or Staples store.

The following stores accept all used batteries for recycling:

Hellebuycks Power Equipment Center, 52881 Van Dyke Ave, Shelby Township, (586) 739-9620 -- Shelby Township single family residences ONLY!
BatteriesPlus, 18443 Hall Road, Macomb Township, (586) 698-7354 -- Please call first
Battery Giant, 20761 Hall Road, Macomb Township, (586) 783-6000

 

To find other drop off locations for batteries visit the Call2Recycle website and do a search based on zip/postal code.

IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS

Don't just throw your important documents in the trash. Take them to be shredded and help prevent identity theft.

The Shelby Township Police Department has their annual Community Shred Day in October. You can contact the Police Department at (586) 731-2121 or check out their page on Crime Prevention for more information.

INCANDESCENT HOLIDAY LIGHTS

You can now drop off unwanted holiday lights at our FREE electronics recycling events.  See the section titled ELECTRONIC RECYCLING PROGRAM on our main page.

The following companies accept unwanted incandescent holiday lights:

HolidayLEDS, Attn: Recycling Program, 118 Rosehill Dr., Suite 1, Jackson, MI 49202, (866) 492-4330
Great Lakes Recycling, 30615 Groesbeck, Roseville, (586) 779-1310

INKJET CARTRIDGES

Please be advised that the Shelby Township Library is no longer accepting inkjet cartridges.

However, the following companies do accept inkjet cartridges:

Best Buy, 45520 Utica Park Blvd, Utica, (586) 726-5400 [program]
Office Depot, 44835 Schoenherr Rd, Sterling Heights, (586) 323-1540 [program]
OfficeMax, 45320 Utica Park Blvd, Utica, (586) 726-0150 [program]
Staples, 1950 South Rochester Rd, Rochester Hills, (248) 651-7160 [program]

LATEX PAINT

Latex paint is not accepted at Household Hazardous Waste collection. Latex paint may be disposed of in your regular trash once it is solidified. Use cat litter or other suitable absorbent material to dry out the paint. Once the paint is solidified, leave the lid off the can and set it out for collection with your regular curbside refuse next to your trash toter cart. Waste hauling companies cannot and will not accept liquid waste materials. If you are unsure whether the paint is latex (water-based), refer to the clean-up instructions on the paint can. Clean-up for latex paint can be done using water.

The Macomb County Habitat for Humanity ReStore does NOT accept paint.

MAGAZINES, BOOKS AND CATALOGS

Place in the recycle cart.

Before putting books and magazines in your recycle cart we suggest you contact the Shelby Township Library  for details on which one(s) they may accept.

MEDICATION INJECTION NEEDLES/SHARPS

Dispose of medical sharps with your household trash and place them in a puncture proof container (such as a coffee can or heavy duty detergent container), secure the lid or cap and label "Medical Sharps".

Rizzo Services single family residential customers in Shelby Township may dispose of medical sharps at the Household Hazardous Wast Collection Day which is normally held the last Saturday of April each year at the Township Municipal Building, 52700 Van Dyke, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m..

MEDICATIONS

Historically, unwanted medications were either flushed down the toilet or thrown out in the garbage. Both of these options pose a risk: Children or pets can accidentally ingest medications discarded in the garbage; Medications flushed down the toilet may not be completely removed by the sewage treatment process and end up in ground or surface waters.

Rizzo Services single family residential customers in Shelby Township may dispose of unwanted medications at the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day which is normally held the last Saturday of April each year at the Township Municipal Building, 52700 Van Dyke, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m..

The Shelby Township Police Department has a drug disposal drop box in the main lobby of the Police Station, 52530 Van Dyke Avenue (south of 24 Mile Road). It is available 24 hours a day. For more information, call the Police Department at 586-731-2121.

Accepted Prescriptions Medications, Prescription Patches, Prescription Ointments, Over-the-counter medications, Vitamins, Samples, Medications for pets.

Not Accepted - Hydrogen Peroxide, Inhalers, Aerosol Cans, Ointments, Lotions or Liquids, Medication from businesses or clinics, Needles (Sharps), Thermometers.

The Macomb County Health Department accepts unwanted and outdated NON-CONTROLLED medications from all Macomb County residents through their Household Hazardous Waste collection for proper disposal. Before bringing in your unwanted medication please follow these procedures: Remove pills from bottles and blister packs and combine together in an unmarked/unlabeled container such as a zip lock bag; Please do not bring pill bottles to either collection site.

For collection dates, times and locations click here or call (586) 466-7923. Alternatively medications can be brought in to theMount Clemens Health Center anytime during normal business hours.

For CONTROLLED (narcotics) medication disposal you can contact the Macomb County Sheriff's Office at (586) 469-5151 or you can take them to the secure drop-off location in the main lobby of the Macomb County Jail, 43565 Elizabeth Street, Mount Clemens, (drop-off hours are scheduled to be daily, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. -- read the media release for more details).

For more information regarding safe disposal of medications, including pharmacies that accept them, you can visit theDisposeMyMeds.org website.

METAL

Food and beverage containers should be cleaned and crushed and placed loose (no bags) in the recycl cart. For safety purposes, please place loose metal lids inside cans, and bend so lids do not fall out. Acceptable items include steel, tin, aluminum and bi-metal cans, pots, pans, clean aluminum foil and aluminum food trays or pans.

The following company accepts unwanted metals:

Great Lakes Recycling, 30615 Groesbeck, Roseville, (586) 779-1310

PLASTIC CONTAINERS/BAGS

All numbered plastics are now accepted -- must be rinsed/clean. In order to save space, please step on containers before placing them in the recycle cart. Plastic Bags (most retail and grocery bags) and Cellophane Wrapping (like that inside paperboard/cereal boxes, make sure it is clean) are also accepted.

DO NOT INCLUDE ANTI-FREEZE OR MOTOR OIL CONTAINERS.

For more information regarding recycling plastic bags, including stores that accept them, you can visit thePlasticBagRecycling.org website.

TELEPHONE BOOKS

Place securely in the recycle cart.

USED MOTOR OIL

Rizzo Services single family residential customers in Shelby Township may dispose of used motor oil at the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day which is normally held the last Saturday of April each year at the Township Municipal Building, 52700 Van Dyke, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m..

The Macomb County Health Department accepts used motor oil from Macomb County residents through their Household Hazardous Waste collection. For collection dates, times and locations click here or call (586) 469-5236.

The following companies will accept up to 5 gallons of used motor oil per visit:

Autozone, 48940 Van Dyke Ave, Shelby Township, (586) 739-4325
O'Reilly Auto Parts, 47250 Van Dyke, Shelby Township, (586) 739-8000
O'Reilly Auto Parts, 52925 Hayes Road, Shelby Township, (586) 532-6397
Wal-Mart Tire and Lube Express Center, 51450 Shelby Parkway, Shelby Township, (586) 997-6905

WHITE GOODS

The collection of large bulky waste, such as appliances and furniture, will continue to be part of your solid waste program. You may set out large bulky items on your regular scheduled service day for collection. You may also call our Customer Care Center at 866.772.8900 if you wish to schedule a pickup.

Please place large bulky items out separate from other products for collection and have out by 7:00A.M. Large items may include: washers, dryers, freezers, refrigerators, air conditioners, hot water tanks, stoves, microwaves, couches, chairs, tables, dressers and other large items.

FYI: Please remove the doors and racks from refrigerators and freezers prior to setting out for collection. Also, it is the contractor's responsibility to make sure Freon is extracted according to current environmental standards.

YARD WASTE

Yard waste collection will continue to be part of your solid waste program. We will be collecting yard waste on your regular scheduled service day. Yard waste will also be collected in a separate truck starting April 1 of each year and ending on Friday of the second full week in December. Please have your yard waste set out for collection by 7:00A.M

Yard waste includes: Garden waste, leaves, lawn cuttings, shrubs & tree trimmings/pruning waste. Yard waste will be collected in 95 gallon carts and up to 32 gallon plastics or metal containers marked yard waste. Biodegradable (Kraft bags) yard waste paper bags can also be set out for collection during the compost season. Please keep in the mind the weight restrictions on 95 gallon carts is two hundred pounds and sixty pounds on 32 gallon containers.

FYI: Brush and tree limbs larger than 2 inches in diameter and bundled will be collected with the trash. Bundles should not exceed 4 feet in length, 18 inches in diameter and 60 pounds in weight. Please tie with heavy twine or rope.

Not considered yard waste: Dirt, Sod, Large Stumps, Sand, Gravel, Animal Feces, Dead Animals