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.

As of April 28, 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. 

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:

Spring Refuse & Recycling Events

DPW will be hosting three free recycling events for residents this spring:

Shred Day, April 1 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Household Hazardous Waste Event, April 8, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Electronics Recycling Event, April 22, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

DPW will also be hosting a series of Clean-Up Saturdays on April 29, May 6, 13 and 20 from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. at their facility located at 7200 18 Mile Road for residents to drop off 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 more. 

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)

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.  Information and forms can be found here.

The Michigan DEQ Laboratory will conduct tests for Lead and Copper levels in drinking water for a fee of $26.00 per sample.  Information and forms can be found here.

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