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Recycle 101: Where to Take Items for Recycling in Wayne County or Oakland County

Recycle 101: Where to Take Items for Recycling in Wayne County or Oakland County


  • Plastics take around 500 years to decompose.
  • Glass does not decompose at all, yet thousands of glass jars and bottles are thrown away every day.
  • Twenty-four trees are cut down to make one ton of paper.

Making a Difference:

  • Eighty percent of a vehicle can be recycled.
  • More than 60 percent of the rubbish in trash bins can be recycled.
  • One recycled tin can saves enough energy to power a television for three hours.
  • One recycled glass container can save enough energy to power a personal computer for 25 minutes.

It’s abundantly clear that recycling makes a significant positive impact on our environment, and each person can make a difference. While many people are aware of the benefits of recycling, sometimes knowing where to recycle is what keeps them from doing so. Following are a few of the many places where you can take items for recycling in Wayne County and Oakland County.

GLR Advanced Recycling, 12600 Stark Road in Livonia

GLR specializes in buying scrap metal and junk cars, and it caters to businesses, residents, and municipalities.

Weiser Recycling, 35900 Clinton in Wayne

Weiser buys and recycles various types of metal, including batteries, cellphones, computers, machinery, and many automobile parts. 

Smart Way Recycling, 13000 W. Eight Mile Road in Oak Park

Smart Way provides shredding and recycling services at its site in Oak Park. It specializes in recycling cardboard, plastic, styrofoam, and all forms of paper products.

SOCCRA, 995 Coolidge in Troy

SOCCRA is a municipal corporation that consists of 12 member municipalities: Berkley, Beverly Hills, Birmingham, Clawson, Ferndale, Hazel Park, Huntington Woods, Lathrup Village, Oak Park, Pleasant Ridge, Royal Oak, and Troy. The recycling drop-off center is open six days a week and is free to use. Items that can be recycled here include paper; cardboard; glass; plastic; aerosol cans; styrofoam; clothes and shoes; cassettes and CDs; and household scrap metals such as pots and pans. SOCCRA also offers household hazardous waste and electronics recycling days.

Rochester Recycling, 379 South Street in Rochester

Rochester Recycling can purchase recyclables including a variety of metals, lawn furniture, brass lamps, appliances, extension cords, and some automobile parts.

Novi Recycling Center, 26300 Lee BeGole Drive in Novi

The Resource Recovery and Recycling Authority of Southern Oakland County includes the cities of Novi, Farmington, Farmington Hills, South Lyon, Wixom, Southfield, and Walled Lake. The recycling center at the Novi DPW grounds is open daily. Items that can be recycled include most types of paper, aluminum and metal cans, household scrap metal, glass bottles and jars, and bulky plastic, such as chairs and buckets.

These are only a few of the many places where you can take items for recycling in Wayne County or Oakland County. Contact or visit the locations for more information about what specific items can be recycled. 

Remember that in addition to sending items to recycling centers, many of your recyclables can be donated to charitable organizations such as the Salvation Army, the American Red Cross, Vietnam Veterans of America, Goodwill, and local churches, schools, and homeless shelters.