Cardboard Preparation

The City of Royal Oak greatly encourages recycling and cardboard is a large part of the recycling process. Cardboard preparation can be a time consuming process, sometimes with all that hard work going into the rubbish. Not only does recycling save the City (and residents) money on disposal fees, but it also helps the environment. Hopefully the following will clarify how cardboard should be placed at the curb, so everyone benefits!

Ways to Recycle Cardboard


Try either of the following ways to recycle your cardboard:

  • Flattened cardboard and bundle with twine or tape, place inside, next to or under recycling bin. Bundles must be no larger than your recycling bin (23 inches long x 16 inches wide x 14 inches tall), which is the size of the truck opening.
  • Flatten and tightly stuff all cardboard boxes and paperboard items into a cardboard box no larger than the size of your recycling bin (23 inches long x 16 inches wide x 14 inches tall), the size of the truck opening. Place next to or on top of your recycling bin.
Large empty appliance/electronics boxes that are not broken down will go with the trash. Make sure boxes only contain packing materials - no trash!

Save a Step


Bring any size cardboard to SOCRRA’s drop-off facility. There is no need to break down boxes; just make sure there is no packaging or trash. SOCRRA is located at 995 Coolidge, Troy (between 14 Mile and Maple, across from the Meijer gas station). Hours are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. SOCRRA does have winter and summer hours, so please call 248-288-5150 to confirm hours of operation.

Please pass this information along to your neighbors, friends and family! The more we recycle, the more everyone benefits! Thank you.