Refuse & Recycling in Livonia

Refuse Information

There are several services to help residents dispose of their refuse:

Livonia residents have two options for recycling by using either the Curbside Recycling Program or the drop-off Recycle Center. For refuse or yard waste collection, please see the Refuse Information or Brush Pickup pages.

Curbside Recycling Program

For curbside recycling, place items curbside in the recycling bin separated from your refuse on your scheduled collection day. If you need a recycling bin replacement or a second bin, you may pick one up from Sanitation located in the City Hall Annex or the Department of Public Works Yard located at:
12973 Farmington Road
South of I-96
Livonia, MI 48150

If you’re interested in purchasing a recycling cart on wheels, contact GFL at (844) 464-3587. 

  1. Items Accepted
  2. Items Not Accepted
  • Boxboard, paperboard (cereal and shoe boxes) and clean pizza boxes
  • Brown paper grocery bags
  • Clear, green and brown glass bottles and jars
  • Corrugated cardboard and boxes must be cut down to 2 feet by 2 feet and bundled
  • Garden plastics (clean)
  • Glossy magazines, catalogs, newspapers, inserts, and telephone books
  • Manila folders and junk mail (including envelopes with windows)
  • Office, computer and loose-leaf paper (any color)
  • Paperback books (or donate to the Library for the book sale)
  • Plastic bottles and containers marked on the bottom with the recycle symbol 1 through 7
  • Small scrap metal items. Pot, pans and license plates are acceptable
  • Tin, aluminum and empty aerosol cans

Be sure to empty and rinse containers. Make sure cardboard boxes are flattened. Leave caps on plastic bottles It is okay to leave staples, clips, labels, stamps, spiral bindings and metal fasteners on paper materials.

GFL - Acceptable Materials for Recycling Guidelines

Curbside Collection of Used Textiles and Small Household Items

the simple recycling program (collecting of clothing and household items) 

The City of Livonia offers a convenient new recycling service for residents: curbside collection of used textiles and small household items.  The service is provided by Simple Recycling and is free to residents.

When cleaning out closets or disposing of unwanted clothes and small household items, residents can place them in the Simple Recycling bags or regular trash bags that are clearly marked for Simple Recycling.  Residents can then place the bags at the curb or alley near their recycling container on their normal recycling collection day.  Simple Recycling’s trucks will pick them up. When the bags are collected from a residence, the collection worker will leave replacement bags at the curb. Residents can also contact Simple Recycling for more bags.

For more information about the Simple Recycling program, residents can call the City of Livonia Department of Public Works at (734) 466-2655 or visit Simple Recycling.

Types of Items Accepted

Used or new clothingFashion accessories/jewelrySocks (single or in pairs)
Handbags and pursesStuffed animals
Bedding (sheets, pillowcases, blankets, comforters)Hats and glovesTable linens
Belts and tiesKitchenware (dishes and silverware)Tools
Boots and shoesPillowsTowels
Coats and jacketsSandals and slippers (in pairs)Toys
Curtains and drapesSleeping bagsUndergarments (bras)


The Drop-off Recycling Center is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Center is located on the south side of Glendale Avenue approximately a half-mile east off of Farmington Road between Schoolcraft and Plymouth Roads.


In addition to the curbside recycling items, the Drop-Off Center accepts:

  • Larger pieces of corrugated cardboard
  • Larger scrap metal such as frames, folding chairs, etc.
  • Oil and antifreeze
  • Vehicle and household batteries


  • Learn to recognize avoidables - anything you cannot recycle or reuse, for example, disposable razors, paper plates, and napkins.
  • Purchase items packaged in recyclable material and avoid items packaged in non-recyclable packaging like styrofoam.
  • Avoid over-packaging. $1 for every $10 spent at the grocery store is spent on packaging. Buying items in bulk saves money, saves trips to the store and greatly reduces packaging.
  • Switch to a reusable grocery bag or choose paper grocery bags instead of plastic.
  • Reuse plastic containers that are not recyclable such as plastic tubs.
  • Reuse the bags for your next shopping trip.
  • Donate or sell reusable garments, repairable appliances and furniture to organizations.
  • Save your egg cartons. In the Spring, reuse them to plant seedlings. Small farms with chickens often appreciate egg carton donations.
  • Save reusable bows and boxes from the holidays or birthday and reuse.