Important Update as of March 25, 2020

To protect rubbish and transfer station personnel, all non-bagged refuse material will be red tagged and left at the curb. Please ensure ALL your refuse is bagged and that there are no loose items in your trash container. We can all do our part to ensure essential services, like this, continue in the coming months.

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Birmingham's trash brochure offers detailed information about trash guidelines. Trash is picked up in Birmingham on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Use the map below to determine your trash day. For questions concerning trash collection, call Car Trucking at 586.791.8480.  Important reminder:  All material must be set out by 7 a.m. on trash day.  Routes and drivers can change week to week, so to be sure your trash, recycling and yard waste are picked up, have everything to the curb by 7 a.m. on trash day, or put out the evening prior. Download information about Household Hazardous Waste & Electronics Disposal.

 Trash Map

Bulky Item Pickup
Did you know we have year-round FREE Bulky Item Pickup! That’s right - simply place your large items at the curb on your trash pickup day. The city collects mattresses, furniture, appliances, doors, and carpeting (rolled no longer than 4' long and tied). We do not accept logs, stumps, or construction debris for bulky item pick up. Bulky item pickup does not include a contractor's materials (building or landscaping). This includes remodels, additions and new construction or new landscaping situations. There are exceptions to bulky pickup.  If you have items that are heavy or awkward in shape (piano, cast iron tub, hot tub, play structures, trampoline, railroad ties, basketball backboards and large amounts of trash) or potentially dangerous (mirrors, glass, windows) you will need to contact Car Trucking at 586-791-8480 to arrange for a Special Pickup.

Have Your Trash Out Early
Attention early birds! Trash collection begins promptly at 7:00 a.m., so be sure to have your trash/recyclables/yard waste at the curb by 6:45 a.m. (You may place your rubbish at the curb 12 hours prior to your pickup. For example, if your trash day is Wednesday, you may place your rubbish at the curb no earlier than 7 pm on Tuesday evening).  If you forget to put your trash out on time you will need to wait until the following week. Remember - material must be set out by 6:45 a.m. Routes change daily, so don't count on a regular pick-up time.

Approved Containers
Refuse must be in approved containers: 20-32 gallon garbage cans, or plastic bags at least 2 mils thick (trash only, no yard waste) . You may set out five containers per week of construction materials (i.e. lumber (less than 4' in length), tile, linoleum, etc. no concrete or brick). All refuse containers must be no heavier than 50 lbs. 

Construction Materials
You are allowed up to 5 containers or bundles of construction materials, such as wood (maximum length 4 ft).  Containers must be no heavier than 50lbs.  All nails need to be hammered down or removed.  Dismantled decks  and privacy fences are considered "special pick-up items" you must call Car Trucking at 586-791-8480 to schedule a pick-up of those items.

Holiday Schedule
When New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day occur on a weekday, collection for the remaining days of that week will be one day late.  A good rule of thumb:  When in doubt, put it out.

 What to do with plastic bags & styrofoam?
You can take plastic bags & styrofoam to SOCRRA or for plastic bags, check your local grocery store  (look for collection barrels near the front of the store at several area grocery stores). For Styrofoam, visit this website for additional drop off locations in the Metro Detroit area.  Stay up to date on recycling by visiting SOCRRA's website & Facebook page. 

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