Royal Oak residents to receive new 64-gallon refuse carts at no cost

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published November 11, 2021

 Starting Nov. 29, the city of Royal Oak will begin delivering new 64-gallon wheeled refuse carts to residential properties at no direct cost. Those who do not wish to receive a cart must opt out of receiving a cart by Nov. 21.

Starting Nov. 29, the city of Royal Oak will begin delivering new 64-gallon wheeled refuse carts to residential properties at no direct cost. Those who do not wish to receive a cart must opt out of receiving a cart by Nov. 21.

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ROYAL OAK — On Oct. 25, the Royal Oak City Commission unanimously approved purchasing new 64-gallon wheeled refuse carts for residential properties at no direct cost.

Delivery of the carts, which have a dark blue body, black lid and city logo, is scheduled to begin the week of Nov. 29, and officials estimate that it should take approximately two weeks to complete.

Those who do not wish to receive a cart must opt out by Nov. 21.

Prior to the rollout, homeowners provided their own garbage cans for curbside pickup. The desire for city-sanctioned refuse carts has shown up on community surveys, and the item has appeared in Royal Oak’s capital improvement plan in recent years.

On Aug. 9, the City Commission reviewed recommendations for the purchase and deployment of 64-gallon wheeled residential refuse carts and instructed the Department of Public Services to develop a proposal based on the recommendations presented, according to an Oct. 14 memo by Director of Public Services and Recreation Aaron Filipski.

The city purchased 22,000 carts from Grand Rapids-based vendor Cascade Engineering for a total cost of $1,117,600, which includes the assembly and delivery to residents.

Filipski said Cascade previously performed such work during the deployment of 64-gallon green recycling carts, staff reported positively on their performance, and the proposal reflects Sourcewell cooperative bid pricing.

The project is identified in the current capital improvement plan, and funding was designated within the solid waste fund.

While the city encourages residents to try out the new carts for several weeks before opting out, those set on opting out may do so by filling out a form that can be found at royaloakmi.seamlessdocs.com/f/3t42ax031c3c.

If residents try the carts and then decide they still do not want them, they should contact the Department of Public Services to pick them up at (248) 246-3300.

While the carts provided during the initial rollout are free, those who opt out and later request a cart will be charged a fee of approximately $50.

During the Oct. 25 City Commission meeting, Commissioner Brandon Kolo asked what to do with residents’ old trash bins.

Filipski recommended to either upcycle them for yard waste by placing a yard waste sticker, which can be picked up at the Department of Public Service, on the receptacle, or to set them out for refuse crews to pick up with other trash.

“Sometimes it can be challenging (to recognize that they are, in fact, trash), but I think our refuse crews will be expecting to see a lot of waste bins (at the curb for pickup),” Filipski said. “They can be hard to get rid of. You kind of need to half destroy the can to make it obvious that it’s trash, put a sticker on it that says ‘trash,’ or paint ‘trash’ on it, and they’ll remove it.”

He suggested residents wait before trashing the trash bins to gauge the capacity of the new carts.

Commissioner Kyle DuBuc recommended rolling out a public education campaign to educate residents about alternatives to trashing their rubbish bins.

“I feel like we’ve been trying to go in a much more grand direction than creating 30,000 homes’ worth of big bulky plastic things going into a landfill somewhere,” DuBuc said.

The Department of Public Service is located at 1600 N. Campbell Road, south of 12 Mile Road.

For more information, visit romi.gov or call Royal Oak City Hall at (248) 246-3000.

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