Public Works

Department Divisions

The department is divided into 5 divisions:

Duties & Responsibilities

The Public Works Department supervises the following:
  • Maintenance and repair of City Streets
  • Auto repair for all City owned vehicles
  • Noxious weed cutting
  • Ensures that Municipal sites and Parks are mowed, clean and safe
  • Refuse collection and disposal
  • Tree planting and pruning and removal
  • Proper flow of sanitary system to prevent back-ups from occurring

Refuse & Recycling

Refuse collection is handled by a private refuse contractor but the Public Works Department oversees the general operations. The Public Works Department supervises the City's recycling centers.

Recycling Update July 24, 2017:

Waste Management (WM) has informed the City of Sterling Heights it will be terminating its voluntary, fee-based curbside recycling program for City residents effective July 31, 2017.
Effective August 1, 2017, GFL Environmental Inc. will begin delivering Sterling Heights residents enhanced recycling services, including weekly curbside recycling pick-up. In advance of this commencement date, all City residents will be receiving information from GFL Environmental via mail regarding how to subscribe for the enhanced services and the annual cost to participate.

Current WM recycle subscribers will receive direct communication from GFL regarding the recycle program transition and how to continue service with GFL.
All current WM subscribers with a remaining prepaid credit on their account will receive a refund via mail within the next 4 to 6 weeks.
All existing WM subscriber carts will be collected by GFL during the transition and subscribers will receive information directly from GFL regarding the cart collection procedure and timing.
If you continue recycle service with GFL, you may continue to use your WM recycle cart until it is removed and replaced with a GFL cart.

Please contact GFL at 844-464-3587 or 586-772-8900 if your WM recycle cart is not removed by September 15, 2017.

Sign up for GFL's Curbside Recycling service and a cart or call GFL at (844)464-3587.

GFL Summer 2017 Sterling Heights Flyer

The City of Sterling Heights is working closely with Waste Management and GFL to ensure a smooth transition of services to those residents receiving these services.

Residents with questions should reach out to Waste Management at the following contact points:

Drinking Water Testing Services

For residents that are concerned with their water quality in their homes, services are available for drinking water testing.

The Mount Clemens Water Filtration Plant Laboratory will conduct tests for coliform bacteria in drinking water for a fee of $17.00 per sample. Find information and forms.

The Michigan DEQ Laboratory will conduct tests for Lead and Copper levels in drinking water for a fee of $26.00 per sample. Find information and forms.

The EPA has created an informational flyer on actions you can take to reduce lead in drinking water in your home, available here EPA - Lead in Drinking Water