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Recycling Services

Shelby Township’s recycling provider is GFL Environmental Services, for more information about GFL Services, contact them directly at 866-772-8900.

Recycling Tips

Please be sure to put all trash, recycling and yard waste at the curb by 7 a.m. on your regular trash day. Place recycle bin and bundled cardboard on opposite side of driveway away from trash tote.

Click here for a downloadable recycling tip sheet 


In a continuing effort to provide convenience, expand the recycling program, and divert recyclables from solid waste disposal sites, the Township has supplied each resident with a 95-gallon wheeled cart to store recyclables during the week until collection day. This allows residents to increase the amount of recyclables they can store each week, eliminate the necessity of multiple 18 gallon recycling bins, and should make it very easy to roll out for collection and processing.

95-gallon recycling carts are required as part of the curbside recycling program. 

Recyclables are collected by a separate vehicle and should be placed separate from your household solid waste, bulky waste and yard waste.


Common recyclable products include: Clean food and beverage cans, glass bottles and jars, cardboard, paper bags, magazines and catalogs, junk mail, office paper, phone books, newspapers, glossy ads and household plastic (#1-#7). Large corrugated cardboard should be flattened to 2’x 2’ or smaller prior to collection. Unfortunately, styrofoam cannot be set out for collection at this time.

Click here for a full list of acceptable curbside recycling items 


Simple Recycling provides curbside pickup service of unwanted clothing and home goods for Shelby Township residents.

This program is provided at no cost to the township, and the collection day is the same as your regular recycling pickup day. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, only 15 percent of unwanted clothing is actually donated or recycled in a traditional fashion.

The Company has sent information out to residents recently indicating acceptable items and explaining the process along with a large orange labeled bag for your first pickup. If you need additional bags, call 866-835-5068, visit, or email

All materials collected are sorted and graded based on their condition. Top quality materials are sold to thrift shops. Other merchandise is bailed and exported. Any remaining material is ground up into fiber for insulation. Virtually nothing ends up in our landfills. All they ask is that clothing is clean and dry -- rips or holes are not a problem.

Since June 15, 2012, the GFL Rewards Recycling Program has been open to active recyclers in the Shelby community. This program delivers great savings, discounts, certificates and other prizes - all available for you to print from the comfort of your home office.

How to get started: Simply log on to, enter your address and account code, select your name from the data provided and follow the instructions to complete setup of your free account. Every time you recycle, you will be given access to hundreds of valuable saving certificates from local and national businesses. You can check your recycling status any time and get great rewards just for going green! Now it’s fun and easy to get rewarded for your efforts, and the savings continue as long as you keep recycling!

How It Works: Your new recycling bin delivered by GFL Services, has an RFID chip attached that is coded with your address. This chip will be scanned each time you place your recycling out to be collected. Once we know your household is an active recycler, savings certificates and prizes are available for you to print from your home computer. It’s that easy!

As part of a new agreement between the Shelby Township Solid Waste and Recycling Committee (SWRC), GFL Services and American Recycling, the popular Electronics Recycling event is free of charge to residents of Shelby Township.

because of increases in costs to recycle electronics, the program is offered once a year during the last Saturday in October. The program is open ONLY to Shelby Township residents.

Collections will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at River Bends Park at 5700 22 Mile Road. There is no cost for Shelby Township residents.

Residents of Shelby Township and neighboring communities are invited to participate in our friendly competition to promote recycling and "green" living. Instead of tossing away single-use, everyday items, we want you to think creatively on how to reuse them for beauty and new purpose.

When: During the Shelby Township Art Fair hours, Aug. 8 & 9
Where: Shelby Township Art Fair, River Bends Drive, 5700 22 Mile Road

First Place - $75
Second Place - $50
Third Place - $25
Fourth Place - $15
Fifth Place - $10

Sponsor-provided prizes will be awarded to winners in each category:
Youth - 12 & Under
Teen - 13-17
Adult - 18 & Up

Rules & Information: 
• All entries must be “family friendly” and be made entirely of recycled items, with the exception of glue, tape, nails, paint, etc.
• Tabletop pieces must measure no larger than 2.5’ deep by 3’ wide by 3’ tall. Any pieces larger than 3’ tall will be placed on the grass.
• One entry permitted per person.
• For planning purposes the following must be submitted to the Parks, Recreation and Maintenance Department (PRM) by Aug. 6:
       1) A completed entry form with a photo of the completed piece
       2) An information card (approx. 3” x 5”) listing the entry title, a list of recycled materials used, and other comments.
• Drop off pieces at the PRM on Friday, Aug. 9 before 5 p.m. or deliver to the Municipal Grounds by 9:30 a.m. on Saturday to be exhibited and voted on at the Shelby Township Art Fair on Aug. 10 and 11.
• Winners will be chosen by ballot completed by fairgoers and awarded on Sunday afternoon at 3:30 p.m.
• All entries must be picked up Sunday from 4-5 p.m., or before Aug. 16 at the PRM building. Any entries not picked up by Aug. 16 will be discarded

Questions? Call the Parks, Recreation and Maintenance Department at 586-731-0300