Ferndale and SOCRRA will be hosting a drop-off recycling station in the city Oct. 19. Many materials will be taken back to SOCRRA’s Material Recovery Facility in Troy to be sorted and baled.

Ferndale and SOCRRA will be hosting a drop-off recycling station in the city Oct. 19. Many materials will be taken back to SOCRRA’s Material Recovery Facility in Troy to be sorted and baled.

Photo provided by Colette Farris


Ferndale to host drop-off recycling station with SOCRRA

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published October 8, 2019

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FERNDALE — The city of Ferndale and the Southeastern Oakland County Resource Recovery Authority, or SOCRRA, will be hosting a recycling drop-off station in the downtown area from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, in the parking lot between the library and City Hall.

Director of Special Events and Projects Michael Lary said that Ferndale is aiming to conduct these drop-off stations twice a year — once in the fall and once in the spring during Clean the Ferndale Up.

Items that can be collected include Styrofoam, plastic bags, paper products, cardboard, hardcover books, aerosol cans, glass, CDs, DVDs, electronics, lightbulbs, paints, oils and metal. There also will be paper shredding available.

Heavy appliances, such as refrigerators or ovens, will not be accepted.

Once everything is collected, Lary said, the city’s Department of Public Works will take the materials to the SOCRRA station at 995 Coolidge Highway in Troy. He stated that SOCRRA is not able to provide transportation services at the temporary drop-off stations for some items, such as liquids, so having the partnership comes in handy.

“We have the availability with our DPW’s trucks to be able to haul those safely to the station,” he said. “That way, we’re able to provide that service during the drop-off, whereas if we didn’t do it ourselves, it wouldn’t be available and people would have to go to the station on their own.”

As for what happens with the materials that will be recycled, the electronics will be handled by Jewish Vocational Services, said SOCRRA human resources associate Anne Farris. Styrofoam, scrap metal, books and plastic bags will be put in large cardboard boxes to be hauled back to SOCRRA.

“What we can process with our single-stream processing can go in through our facility, and the rest of it, like say the plastic bags, that is combined with the plastic bags that we collect in the drop-off center,” she said.

“All of these materials that these cities collect is stuff that we offer six days a week at our drop-off site. It’s nothing different than what we do. It’s just that it’s closer in each community when they do it.”

Lary also wanted to emphasize and encourage the businesses in the city to participate. Only Ferndale residents and businesses can use the drop-off station.

“We’re just trying to make this more convenient to basically say there’s no excuse for not being able to recycle if we’re providing you this convenience,” he said. “We really want to help our community understand the importance of … going green.”

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