The sun is out, the birds are chirping, and the grass is growing. This also means mowing the lawn, picking up sticks, and pulling weeds. See below for some tips to sustainably maintain a healthy lawn and garden this season.
In Michigan, yard waste is banned from going to landfills because of the methane (a potent greenhouse gas) it creates. Yard waste is picked up curbside and is taken to be composted. For collection and composting purposes, yard waste must be contained in a brown yard waste bag or a trash can marked with a “yard waste” sticker. It should not be placed in your recycling cart or left at the drop-off sites. Because yard waste handling differs by community, we have listed the contact information for each one below or you can visit our Collection & Preparation page to find your community's specifications
For more information, contact your local DPW or office:
Farmington Hills DPW:
Village of Milford DPW:
South Lyon DPW:
Walled Lake DPW:
What is Grasscycling?
In the warmer months, grass clippings can account for up to 50% of one's total yard trimmings. Grasscycling, a simple and natural approach to lawn care, is the practice of leaving grass clippings on the lawn or using them as mulch - no raking or bagging involved! Through decomposition, grass clippings release nitrogen and other valuable nutrients into the soil, resulting in a greener, healthier lawn without the use of fertilizer, pesticides, and herbicides.
In order to grasscycle, mow no more than 1 inch off your lawn when it is dry by using a mulching blade. Leave the grass clippings where they fall and allow them to decompose. Any clippings that blow onto sidewalks or driveways can be swept back onto the lawn to prevent them from ending up in surface water or drains.
Interested in grasscycling and want to learn more? Click here
Contrary to popular belief, leaving grass clippings on your lawn does NOT cause thatch. Thatch is a layer of living and dead stems, leaves, and roots that accumulates between the layer of actively growing grass and the soil underneath.
How to Make Homemade Mulch
By spreading a thin layer of mulch on your garden or flowerbeds, you can add nutrients, reduce run-off, and insulate your soil. It even keeps your plants cool as the temperature rises! Save money by making your own mulch using the following ingredients:
Leaves and Pine Needles: Chop these up until they're about the size of a dime, either by using the lawn mower or with hedge trimmers. You can add in some grass clippings (see "Grasscycling" above) or leave it on its own.
Newspaper: Carefully rip four to eight sheets to allow them to wrap around the base of your plants, then moisten them with a hose or watering can to ensure they stay in place. Top them off with grass clippings, leaves, or compost to prevent them from drying out.
Compost: Households produce a significant amount of organic material that is well-suited for composting such as vegetative food scraps from the kitchen, dead houseplants, and garden trimmings. Make sure your compost is a dark, earthy substance before scattering a layer 2"- 4" thick on your garden.
Your compost will need more carbon (brown) materials than nitrogen (green) materials. Finished compost will take between four weeks and one year, depending on how often you turn it and how well you maintain the moisture of the pile.
Full composting instructions can be found on our Healthy Lawn and Garden
Put your thinking caps on! Southfield Cable 15 has written and produced an informative video to spread awareness about the importance of recycling right that applies to all RRRASOC communities. Give it a try! Thanks, Southfield Cable 15!
Milford Girl Scout Video Highlights Proper Medicine Disposal
Did you know? Expired or unused medications can be hazardous to people, pets, and the environment if not disposed of properly. Follow along as a local Girl Scout who is working toward her Gold Award (the highest award in Girl Scouts!) explains the basics of proper medicine disposal.
For more information on medicine disposal, click here
Don't forget to check the dates below for upcoming HHW Collection events!
Upcoming HHW Event Dates
May 21st, 2022 👕
Milford Civic Center
1100 Atlantic St., Milford
Enter from West, off Mont Eagle St.
October 1st, 2022
Novi Dept. of Public Works
26300 Lee BeGole Dr., Novi
9:00am - 2:00pm
July 16th, 2022 👕
Wixom Dept. of Public Works
2041 Charms Rd., Wixom
9:00am - 2:00pm
October 29th, 2022 👕
RRRASOC MRF - Truck Entrance
20875 Mapleridge Ave., Southfield
9:00am - 2:00pm
*The T-shirt icon indicates an HHW Collection Event in which clothing, shoes, accessories, and small household items will be accepted by Simple Recycling.
For more information about HHW events and how to prepare your items, please visit our HHW page
HHW Drop-Off at ERG Environmental Services
If you have HHW that you'd like to properly dispose of between collection events, you're in luck! Drop off your HHW without a fee at ERG Environmental Services during the following hours:
Mon, Wed, Fri:
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
HHW pickup from your home is also available for a fee of $135 per stop plus $0.75 per pound of material collected. This fee is paid directly by the resident to ERG Environmental Services.
To confirm drop-off times and/or to schedule a pickup, please contact:
ERG Environmental Services
13040 Merriman Road, Livonia
For more info, visit the ERG HHW Drop-Off page
or our HHW page
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RRRASOC Recycling Directory
Not sure what to do with stuff?Visit rrrasoc.org
and use the Recycling Directory search bar to type in keywords and get recycling, composting, reuse or disposal instructions. The searchable, intuitive format of the Recycling Directory provides RRRASOC specific information.
· Mobile App - From your App Store or Google Play, search for "Recycling Authority"
· Alexa Enabled Device - Simply say, “Alexa, enable Recycling Directory”