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The Charter Township of Shelby reopened Township Hall and some associated buildings June 8. Residents can conduct business in person after making an appointment with the necessary departments. Residents are encouraged to call any township department to attempt to conduct business via the phone, email or website. Residents can also email township staff at for general questions.

During the COVID-19 emergency, trash pick-up will continue regularly on scheduled pick-up days. Please call GFL Environmental at 866-772-8900 concerning waste services business or visit

Letter from Township Supervisor Rick Stathakis regarding "Stay Home, Stay Safe" order

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Shelby Township waste collection services for single-family residences is contracted to GFL Environmental Services based in Sterling Heights. To find out which day of the week GFL Environmental Services collects waste from your home click
here.The contract with GFL Environmental Services is negotiated by the Board of Trustees and the township's Solid Waste and Recycling Committee. Management of township customer service with GFL Environmental Services is handled by the township's Department of Public Works and the Township Supervisor's Office. To report an issue with GFL Environmental Services,  please contact GFL Environmental Services through any of the channels outlined below. If you would like to contact the DPW call 586-731-5990 or email To contact the Township Supervisor's Office call 586-731-5154 or email If you would like to submit a waste service request form to the Shelby Township DPW click hereSOLID WASTE & RECYCLING COMMITTEEThe mission of the Solid Waste and Recycling Committee is to serve the citizens and the Board of Trustees in the areas of solid waste and recycling in Shelby Township. 
Committee Members:Marsha Livermore, ChairLynn Wilhelm, Board of Trustees Rep
Eugene Meredith, Vice Chair
Kate Diliddo, SecretaryD. David Newlin, Treasurer
Christopher Marin
Shelby Township's waste collection provider is GFL Environmental Services, for more information about GFL Services, please contact them directly at 866-772-8900. 

from GFL Environmental ServicesYARD WASTE COLLECTION
Yard waste collection begins on March 30. Yard waste consists of leaves, lawn cuttings, shrubs and tree trimmings. Place into paper biodegradable bags or labeled containers up to 35 gallons in size. We enforce a weight limit of 50 pounds. Brush and limbs greater than 2 inches in diameter must be in bundles no longer than 4 feet in length, and not exceeding a total of 18 inches in diameter or more than 50 pounds. Dirt, sod, large stumps, sand, gravel, concrete, rocks, animal feces and dead animals do not qualify as yard waste.HOLIDAY COLLECTION
If your trash pick up falls on or after a holiday, your pick up will be delayed one day later that week only for the following holidays: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.SENIOR DISCOUNT
GFL Services offers a 10% senior citizen discount for all single-family residential customers 60 years old and older.  Please call (866) 772-8900 for more information.ANNUAL PAYMENT INCENTIVEAs of 2012, the Annual Payment Incentive program was implemented to benefit residents that would like to pay for their solid waste collection service on an annual basis in advance. At the beginning of each contract year (every July 1), residents that pay for 11 months of service are eligible to receive the 12th month free if they meet the payment requirements.

To be eligible for the Annual Payment Incentive, GFL Services must receive payment for the eleven month period by the due date of July 1st of the contract year.  Should payment not be received by the established due date, residents will not be entitled to the Annual Payment Incentive and will be responsible for the entire twelve month period, billed quarterly for the remainder of the contract year.  All penalties set forth in the Shelby Township Bid Specifications, Contract Document and Code of Ordinance, Chapter 62, will apply to all unpaid balances.

Please place household solid waste out in your 95 gallon cart(s), plastic bags and/or up to 32 gallon plastic or metal containers, 3-4 feet from mailboxes, trees, shrubs, vehicles or other obstructions by 7 a.m. on your collection day.

To provide a safe environment in every neighborhood, please remove containers from the collection point as soon as possible following collection. To eliminate spillage and possible injury, please do not overload containers. Weight limit on 95 gallon carts should not exceed two hundred pounds. Should you place out for collection 32 gallon metal or plastic containers the weight limit should not exceed 50 pounds, container and contents.

UNACCEPTABLE ITEMSWe cannot accept any hazardous chemicals that the USEPA considers dangerous and that can catch fire, react or explode when mixed with other substances or if it is corrosive or toxic during the normal weekly collection schedule. This may include: Ammunition, antifreeze, fire extinguishers, gasoline, lacquers, oils, or any other product labeled dangerous, flammable, combustible, poisonous or corrosive.

Disposal of hazardous chemicals with your regular household trash is strictly prohibited. Liquid, powder and/or granular substances, when placed in a plastic bag or carts, could catch fire, cause an explosion, burn or spray when it is compacted into our vehicles or mix with other products and cause serious injury and even fatalities. Please read all directions and precautions prior to use. Whenever you need to discard containers and/or products leftover, please read all warnings and dispose of according to the manufactures recommendations.

Most of the items listed above can be disposed of at the annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day held the last Saturday of April. HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION DAY
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day scheduled for April 25 at River Bends Park has been cancelled because of issues related to the COVID-19 outbreak. The Electronics Recycling event is scheduled for Oct. 10 SAFETY / COMMON UNSAFE ITEMS 

Porcelan Products
: Porcelain products can cause serious injury when broken and placed out for collection. If you do have a porcelain product, such as a toilet, sink or tub, and it is broken, please beware and take adequate precautions. Whenever possible, please tape cardboard over the sharp edges and mark accordingly.

Broken Glass: If you need to dispose of broken glass, please wrap in several layers of newspaper and mark “Broken Glass Enclosed.” *Please never place broken glass or other sharp objects in plastic bags.

Travel Tips: We all share the roadways we travel. Please be extremely careful when approaching one of our trucks, slow down and expect the unexpected. The safety of our employees, customers and the general public is of the utmost importance. We have a zero tolerance for unsafe acts by our employees. If you experience any difficulties, please contact our Customer Care Center at 866-772-8900.

Latex Paint: Shelby Township residents served by Green for Life Environmental Services (GFL) may bring latex paint to Household Hazardous Waste Day for disposal. Latex paint can also be disposed of with your regular household trash if dried or solidified as follows before you set it out at the point of collection. If you only have a small amount of paint left, you can allow it to dry out. Find an area protected from children, pets and the weather but with adequate ventilation. Remove the lid and allow the paint to dry. This works well for small quantities, such as an inch or two. When the paint is thoroughly dry, the remaining hardened material can be placed in your 95-gallon solid waste cart. Please leave the lid off so we can see the paint has hardened. For large quantities or partially full cans, mix in equal amounts of absorbent material such as sand, oil dry or cat litter to solidify the paint prior to collection and disposal. Please remember: Do not dump paint or any other type of hazardous chemicals on the ground, down a storm drain, or sanitary sewer where it can travel directly to surface and/or ground water or any waterway.

GFL Environmental Services 6200 Elmridge Drive Sterling Heights, MI 48313 Phone: 586-772-8900 Toll-free: 888-877-4996 Website:
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