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Recycling

                                   

For the most current recycling information, always check SOCRRA’s website, www.socrra.org .  Just remember that Huntington Woods is special so unlike the other SOCRRA communities, there is no need to separate your recyclables, paper from everything else.  Just choose to recycle and pitch it in.


Here are commonly asked questions about Recycling.  REMEMBER HW has shown that recycling can pay.  In 2013-14, our recycling rebates and avoided disposal covered 108% of our total recycling/trash collection and trash disposal costs.  Remember that you can earn Recyclebank points when you report your recycling each week.  SOCRRA will report the recycling tonnage and you will earn point from that as well.  For ways to redeem your points check the Recyclebank tab.

What can I recycle curbside?
ALL PAPER.  If you can tear it and write on it, you can recycle it!  Exceptions: napkins, paper towels or greasy items (greasy paper plates or pizza boxes with a little spot of grease are OK, but please remove the extra pizza.); ALL PLASTIC CONTAINERS with or without a recycling symbol or number except Styrofoam which can be dropped off at SOCRRA; ALL GLASS BOTTLES AND JARS regardless of color; ANYTHING METAL* or at least 49% metal.

*To foil the scavengers, you can bring metal items that do not fit in your cart to the DPW yard.  If items are heavy or un-wieldy, place them on the ground near the Metal Container and DPW staff will throw them in.

WHEN IN DOUBT, PUT IT IN RECYCLING.  Let SOCRRA make the final determination.

Helpful hints:
* Remove food and rinse recyclables to eliminate odor and discourage critters.  Keep HW a rodent free zone.
* Place household batteries in a clear sealed plastic bag inside your cart.
* Cardboard should be placed inside your cart whenever possible.  To maximize space, flatten boxes and nest
* Plastic bags (clear or see-through) can be used for recyclables such as shredded paper, junk mail or other recyclables.  You need not separate recyclables when bagging.
* Plastic bags can be recycled by placing clean bags in a plastic bag with “arms” (handles), tying it securely and placing them in your cart. DO NOT PUT LOOSE EMPTY PLASTIC BAGS IN YOUR CART.
* Don’t wait until your recycling cart is full to put it at the curb. If you need additional space, permanently or temporarily, call DPW at 248-547-1888 to request a second cart. Large clear plastic bags are also available for overflow or to make recycling easy when you clean or party.
* RECYCLING CARTS ARE FOR RECYCLING ONLY.  NO TRASH OR YARD WASTE ALLOWED.  If you use your cart improperly, you will be required to empty the material in your cart into appropriate containers.

How do I recycle Styrofoam?
You can currently drop off Styrofoam at the SOCRRA Drop Off Center location. You can now drop off the following items: Cups and takeout containers; Egg cartons; Rinsed meat trays; Food trays/lunch trays; but No Styrofoam peanuts. All items must be rinsed. Styrofoam placed in your cart will end up in the landfill.

When you go to the drop off: Make your trip worthwhile!! Check around your house and take ALL the things you meant to take.

How do I recycle tires?
Tires are not accepted at the curb as it is against Michigan law to place tires in a landfill. These can be recycled at any location that handles tires.  There may be a small charge.

For information on what to do with easy (curbside/drop-off) and hard-to-recycle items check SOCRRA's FAQ.  As a member of SOCRRA, we receive a rebate for the recycling we put curbside or take to SOCRRA while we have to pay if that same material went to the landfill.  For the most current recycling information, check SOCRRA's web site.  Take a moment and sign up for the SOCRRA e-newsletter on recycling which comes out monthly.

What can’t I recycle?  The short list of what’s left.