Superintendent: Bob Martin
The City of South Lyon's Public Works (DPW) Department maintains a wide variety of the City's infrastructure. The DPW is responsible for services including water, sewer and storm water systems, the maintenance of the City's parks, roads, trees, cemetery and other City assets including the 4.5 miles of the Rail Trail. The DPW is committed to maintaining the City through cooperation, dedication and citizen involvement.
The DPW Garage is located at:
520 Ada Street
South Lyon, Michigan 48178
More information about services performed or managed by the DPW can be found below:
- Garbage and Recycling Collection
- How to Obtain a Recycling Bin
- What Materials May be Recycled Curbside
- Battery and Cell Phone Recycling
- Compost Collection
- Lawn Care
- Snow Removal and Winter Parking
- Storm Water Management
Garbage and Recycling Collection: GFL Environmental is the garbage collection and recycling service provider for the City of South Lyon. Arrangements to begin curbside collection will be made when you contact the Water Department to begin your water service. The fee for this service will be included in your quarterly water bill.
Contact information for GFL Environmental is 844-464-3587
Collection Days and Times:
Garbage collection for residents north of Ten Mile Road is on Monday.
Garbage collection for residents south of Ten Mile Road is Tuesday.
If a holiday falls on or before the pick-up day during the work week, your pick-up will be delayed by one day. There is no garbage pickup on the following holidays (when they fall on a weekday):
- New Years Day
- Memorial Day
- Fourth of July
- Labor Day
How to Obtain a Recycling Bin:
New residents can obtain 1 recycling bin if one was not left by previous owner. If you move, please leave the bin for the next homeowner, as it is the property of The City of South Lyon. If you need a recycling bin, one can be obtained from our DPW garage located at 520 Ada Street between the hours of 7:30 and 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 and 3:00 p.m. Bins are also now available at City Hall 335 S. Warren from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 pm. We do not have the resources to drop off recycling bins at residences, you will need to come to the DPW or City Hall to pick them up.
All garbage, including recycling and compost materials, should be at the curb on garbage day before 6:00 a.m.
How to Recycle: Place all plastic, glass, newspaper, and small metal in the recycling bin. Place overflow newspaper in brown paper bags next to bin. Recycling materials should be separated from the garbage by a few feet. GFL Environmental provides recycling services for the City and can be reached directly at (844) 464-3587. The Recycling Authority (RRRASOC) is also an excellent source of information and they can be reached at (248) 208-2270 or visit their very informative website www.rrrasoc.org
What Materials May be Recycled: For RRRASOC Curbside Recycling Guidelines Click Here
Current Hazardous Waste Disposal Event Schedule and list of items accepted at events Click Here
New Clothing Recycling Program for City Residents: This service is provided by Simple Recycling and is an easy, free and convenient way to keep clothing and textiles out of our landfills. Other household items may also be donated: Bedding (sheets, pillows and cases, blankets, comforters, towels and table linens, books, kitchenware, pet beds & clothing, stuffed animals, tools, toys. Larger items must be tagged with Simple Recycling labels.
Green plastic Simple Recycling bags and labels are available at City Hall 335 S. Warren from 8:30 to 5:00 Monday through Friday. Simple Recycling picks up your donations curbside on your regular trash pick up day. Please place your Simple Recycling items separate from your trash and yard waste for better visibility for the driver.
For more information on this innovative program visit www.simplerecycling.com
Battery Recycling: With the assistance of the Recycling Authority, the City now offers recycling of household batteries Household batteries may be dropped off at City Hall for recycling. There is an orange bucket in the entry way where they should be deposited.
We are also accepting old cell phones to be donated to HAVEN (Help Against Violent Encounters Now), a resource for women and children that works to promote violence-free homes and communities, as well as the Phones for Soldiers program. You can find a drop box in the entry way of City Hall.
Compost Collection: Compost materials are picked up on your regular trash day beginning the first FULL week of April through November 30th. Compost materials should be separated from the garbage by a few feet.
Fall Leaf Collection: The City of South Lyon vacuums leaves for composting from single family residents throughout the City each fall from approximately October 1 to November 30 until the weather no longer permits (generally after the first snow). Residents in single family homes should place un-bagged leaves in the street next to curb and the City will pick them up. Do not place anything other than leaves in the pile.
Since the beginning and the end of the season are slow times, the whole town will continue to be covered as much as possible. Depending on the weather, the season may begin as early as September, and run as late as December. In any case, the leaves will be picked up, providing there are no equipment contingencies which prohibit the City from collection.
While fertilizer is good for our lawn, it’s bad for our water. Fertilizer that enters our lakes and streams can cause algae to grow and use up oxygen that fish need to survive. So what can you do to help? Simple.
- Sweep it. Sweep excess fertilizer and grass clippings from pavement back onto your lawn so that they don’t wash into storm drains.
- Buy low and go slow. Contact the Oakland County Michigan State University Extension at: (248) 858-0902 to get a soil test. Choose a fertilizer with no or low phosphorus--phosphorus causes algae growth. Also use an organic or slow-release nitrogen fertilizer, which causes less harm to water. Many local hardware stores carry earth-friendly fertilizing options.
- Hire smart. Select a lawn care service that follows the practices noted above.
- Mow high. Keep your lawn at three inches in height or more. Taller grass strengthens roots and shades out weeds. Also, remember that the nutrients from grass clippings left on your lawn act as a great fertilizer.
- Make fertilizer-free zones. Keep fertilizer at least 20 feet away from the edge of any lakes, streams, or storm drains.
For more easy steps on protecting our lakes and streams, visit Our to Protect: Simple Steps to Clean Water from SEMCOG
For more information on chosing a lawn care company that uses fertilizers responsibly, see A GuideTo Selecting a Lawn Service. (PDF)
The DPW is responsible for snow removal from City streets, and parking lots. Snow removal in all other areas is the responsibility of the property owner. Accumulated snow and ice must be removed from paved sidewalks within 24 hours of the precipitation event. If snow or ice is so hard that it cannot be removed without damaging the sidewalk, please use sand or an agent designed to melt the ice or other to ensure reasonably safe travel. As soon as the weather permits, please clean the sidewalk.
Storm Water Management: City of South Lyon Storm Water Management Plan (PDF)
Pollution Prevention & Education
MGIA Healthy Lawn Care Program
Low Impact Development Manual Link
Printable Water Protection Information Sheets:
Household Hazardous Waste Recycling from RRRASOC
Healthy Tree Care and the Urban Environment
How to Report Illigal Dumping
South Lyon Wellhead Protection & You
Just a Dash Will Do - Deicing Salt Info
Tips for a Cleaner Boating Environment
Remember, You're Not Just Maintaining Your Car
On-Site Septic Disposal Systems - Tips for a Healthy Watershed
Tips to Prevent Soil Erosion
Go Native! Value of Planting Native Species
Why We Put Dog Poop in Little Plastic Baggies
Helpful Storm Water Links: