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  • Writer's pictureMatthew Berkseth



There may not be a more commonly encountered problem for the average homeowner than how to ethically dispose of household and hazardous chemicals. You would think that there would be a simple solution to recycling them, but that is simply not the case. Lets take a look at what your options are when it comes to recycling hazardous waste in Metro Detroit!


If you live in one of the following cities:

  • Rochester Hills

  • Rochester

  • Troy

  • Royal Oak

  • Berkley

  • Beverly Hills

  • Birmingham

  • Clawson

  • Ferndale

  • Hazel Park

  • Huntington Woods

  • Lathrup Village

  • Oak Park

  • Pleasant Ridge

  • Bingham Farms

  • Bloomfield Hills

  • Franklin


Say hooray! You will be happy to know that there is a very simple solution to your chemical conundrum! SOCCRA Recycling offers residents in these cities a chemical drop off service. Residents of Rochester and Rochester Hills do need to pay for a 10.00 voucher which you can find here. Drop offs are by appointment only, which you can schedule on the SOCCRA website. Make sure that you do not forget your ID so that you can verify that you are a resident one of the cities listed above!


Below are listed the names and information of other companies that will assist in recycling hazardous waste. Also included are the cities they provide their services too.



RRRASOC provides hazardous waste drop to the residents of:

  • Farmington

  • Farmington Hills

  • Milford

  • Milford Township

  • Novi

  • South Lyon

  • Southfield

  • Walled Lake

  • Wixom


As long as you are a resident of one of the cities above, this service is offered to you free of charge. RRRASOC has an event schedule posted on their website that shows what days the drop offs are on. The events seem to be every 1-2 weeks, so you always have an opportunity each month to recycle your hazardous waste. Make sure to note that the location of the drop-off is not always the same and rotates between cities. You can sign up to get notifications for upcoming drop offs here!


Do not fret. Below we have compiled the remaining communities and links to their respective solutions!

West Bloomfield, Orchard Lake, Sylvan Lake, Keego Harbor


These 4 cities all participate in the same hazardous waste recycling program. The drop off is held at the West Bloomfield Civic Center Complex at 4450 Walnut Lake Rd. You can find the planned events on the city website, or call the Planning and Development office at 248-451-4818 for more information on upcoming events.

Leonard, Lake Angelus, Lake Orion, Independence Township,

Ortonville, Oxford, Pontiac, Orion Township, Pontiac, Waterford, Oakland Township, Rochester


All of these communities have formed the NoHaz Consortium to give residents a reliable hazardous waste disposal option. Lake Orion, Lake Angelus, Orion Township, Oxford, Rochester, Pontiac, and Waterford are all free of charge. You are able to get a voucher from city municipal office. Ortonville, Waterford, Leonard, and Oakland Township require you to purchase a 10.00 Voucher that can purchase online via city website.

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