Spring Sterling Pride

Tree City 2017
Sterling Pride Month, an initiative by the City of Sterling Heights, to encourage residents and members of the community to "take pride" in their property will now span two months and be known as Spring Sterling Pride. The activities throughout April and May (listed below) will focus on preserving and beautifying the City’s existing green space, cleaning up residential neighborhoods and encouraging the planting of trees on both public and private property.

The overall effort is multifaceted in that it will help increase the tree canopy as well as encourage residents to take pride in keeping the City clean and green. Sterling Heights Mayor Michael Taylor said the efforts come at a perfect time of year to promote beautifying residential property.

“One of the many reason I love living in Sterling Heights is the pride residents here take in the appearance of their property,” Taylor said. “Spring Sterling Pride enhances the City’s efforts to encourage spring cleaning by promoting discounts on tree purchases, offering a drop-off place for unwanted household items and other meaningful activities."

Spring Sterling Pride is an initiative run through the Community Relations Department with the support and assistance of DPW, City Development and Parks & Recreation. Any questions can be directed to Community Relations department (586) 446-2470.


Sterling Heights Shred Day — 
April 1
Shred Legal will be at the DPW, 7200 18 Mile Road, on Saturday, April 1, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. to shred documents for no charge. Shredding will be conducted on site for complete security and the shredded materials will be recycled.  A limit of three paper size boxes (15”L x 12”D x 10”H) will be shredded per person. This event is for residents ONLY. A list of acceptable materials can be found here

Sterling Heights Household Hazardous Waste Event — April 8
The first annual Household Hazardous Waste Event will be held at the DPW, 7200 18 Mile Road, on Saturday, April 8, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. US Ecology will be on site collecting, identifying, and packaging for transport acceptable household hazardous materials. A list of acceptable materials can be found here. This event is for residents ONLY.

Sterling Heights Electronics Recycling Event  — April 22
Great Lakes Electronics will be at the DPW, 7200 18 Mile Road, on Saturday, April 22, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. to accept electronics for recycling. Residents, business owners, and school officials looking to get rid of old televisions, computers, or any other electronic device that has an electrical cord attachment are invited to drop them off at the DPW.  A list of acceptable electronics can be found here

Clean-Up Saturdays — April 29, May 6, 13, 20
The DPW will host Clean-Up Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at their facility located at 7200 18 Mile Road. Residents can bring by and drop off any items they wish to dispose of without restriction. This includes but is not limited to: tires, paint, old furniture, lumber, loose lawn clippings, dirt and much more. This is in an effort to encourage residents to clean out their garages, basements, backyards and any other area for a fresh start to spring. These special neighborhood cleanup days offer residents the opportunity to dispose of trash in a convenient way. 

A list of some of the acceptable drop-off items include:

  • Old furniture, mattresses, carpets, and appliances
  • General junk - bagged, boxed or bundled 
  • Wood/lumber (neatly stacked)
  • Loose lawn clippings that are bagged
  • Regular household trash
  • Tree limbs that are no longer than 4 feet in length, tied and bundled, and weigh no more than 50 lbs.
  • Tree stumps                                                 
  • Dirt
  • Concrete, brick & block
  • Tires (4 max. per household)             
  • Paint
  • Railroad ties
  • Compressed gas cylinders (includes propane tanks and fire extinguishers)

Pride and Shine Day — May 6
The City of Sterling Heights’ spring Pride & Shine day will be held on Saturday, May 6. Volunteers will meet at 9:30 a.m. at First Church of Sterling Heights, 39400 Dequindre Road and will be assigned to help cleanup residential properties in need of assistance. The program is aimed at protecting property values by encouraging all residents to maintain their homes and make their properties “shine” during summer months. Volunteers interested in joining the effort can call Community Relations at (586) 446-2470.

Plant Exchange — May 20
The Sterling Heights Beautification Commission will host its annual Plant Exchange from 10 a.m. to noon on May 20 at the Nature Center, 42700 Utica Road. Residents can bring by plants from their garden they wish to share and exchange with others. The free “green” event allows gardeners to exchange plants of various varieties. Participants may package their plants in plastic bags, pots, boxes or other small containers. Those exchanging plants make up cards giving the plant’s name, brief description and care. Selling of plants is not permitted. 

Month-Long Initiatives

Tree Sale 
DPW will discount its tree program in the month of May to encourage residents to purchase trees for the fall 2017 planting. Trees will be available for $150 for the month of May, a $50 discount from the normal purchase price of $200. DPW will distribute a list of tree choices to residents for planting in the public right-of-way. Trees purchased in May will be planted following the first frost of the season, likely in the end of October or early November 2017. For more information, call DPW at (586) 446-2440.