Green For Life Environmental is the waste hauler for the City of Southgate. 
You can reach Green For Life by calling 1-844-GO-GFLUSA (464-3587) OR visit their website at:

If you need immediate assistance you may also call the Mayor's office at
734-258-3022 or the Department of Public Service at 734-258-3075.  

Please click HERE for the City of Southgate Solid Waste

Program Update that was mailed to homes in March 2017.
It details the guidelines of the Solid Waste Collection process, such as:

All items for pickup (including trash, recycling and yard waste) must be out by 7 a.m.

A summary of commonly enforced ordinances for the health and safety of our residents.
If clarification is needed on any of these items, please consult the City of Southgate ordinance book which is available online or in the clerk’s office.


  • Effective April 3, 2017, all trash must be placed in the GFL trash carts. Loose trash bags will not be picked up and must be in the cart for removal.
  • Trash carts, recyclable carts and bulk trash items shall be placed at curb no earlier than 4:00 p.m. the afternoon before your trash day and carts must be removed from the curb by 8:00 a.m. the following day.
  • Store all trash and recyclable carts in the rear or side yard in a place which is out of view from the street.



  • Grass length must be kept at 8” or less.
  • Grass clippings and leaves must be disposed of in paper yard waste bags or compose cans. Please do not leave grass clippings or rake leaves into the street which can interfere with our storm sewers.
  • Firewood must be stored in the rear yard at least 12 inches off the ground.
  • Birdfeeders must be off the ground – do not spread loose seeds on the ground.
  • Snow and ice must be removed from public sidewalks within 12 hours of the end of the weather event during
  • the daytime. If the event occurs during the nighttime hours, removal must occur no later than 6:00 p.m.