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Recycled Art Competition Inviting "Trashy Treasures"
The SWARC Recycled Art Competition will be held August 13-14, 2016 as a part of the Shelby Township Art Fair held at the Shelby Township Municipal Grounds, 52700 Van Dyke, south of 24 Mile Road. 

This is an opportunity to use one's creativity to transform discarded materials into a piece of recycled art. Shelby Township and neighboring communities are invited to participate in this fun competition designed to promote recycling and "green" living sponsored by the Shelby Township Recycling Committee and the Township Board. 

There are three categories for entries and prizes are awarded to each category. The three categories are: Youth -12 & under; Teen - 13-17; Adult - 18 & Up. The prizes are: 1st Place - $75; 2nd Place - $50' 3rd Place - $25; 4th Place - $15; 5th Place - $10. All entries below 5th place will receive a certificate.

Entry forms are due by August 8th and may be obtained by visiting The forms may also be received by e-mailing the Parks and Recreation Department at or visiting the office at 52700 Van Dyke Avenue. For more information call the Parks and Recreation Department at 586-731-0300.
New format selected for electronics recycling program


After researching ways to save the monthly Shelby Township Electronics Recycling Program, members of the township’s Solid Waste and Recycling Committee and officials from GreenTech Recyclers found common ground to continue the long successful program.


Under the new agreement between the SWARC and GreenTech, the event will once again be open to everyone, irrespective of the community in which they live from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 25 at Shelby Township Hall at 52700 Van Dyke Ave.


The new terms of the collection, which occurs the final Saturday of every month, have each car dropping off items paying a $5 fee with $1 of that fee going to the local charity staffing the collection. The fee also includes up to one Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) monitors and televisions. Additional CRTs can be recycled for $10 per CRT. 

Click here for more information on the monthly electronics recycling program.

MCDR 2016 Herbicide Phragmites Control Program to take place August/September 2016

The Macomb County Department of Roads (MCDR) 2016 Herbicide Phragmites Control Program will take place in August/September 2016.

This program involves the application of herbicides to phragmites in order to improve visibility and safety for both pedestrians and motorists on these roadways. This program is expected to be completed within several weeks but is subject to weather and/or operational factors.

Dequindre Road reconstruction to begin June 20
The Road Commission for Oakland County will begin a project to reconstruct Dequindre Road between Burningbush Road and West Utica Road June 20.

The project includes storm drainage and widening of portions of the road resulting in a five-lane concrete reconstruction the length of the entire project.

The project is managed by the RCOC with coordination from the Macomb County Department of Roads, Rochester Hills, Shelby Township, Sterling Heights and Troy. Construction is expected to be completed by fall of 2016 with some restoration work to be completed in 2017. The total cost of the project is $7.7 million, which is offset with $6.2 million in federal funding.

Once a formal contract for the project is approved by the Michigan Department of Transportation, a cost-share agreement will be drafted by the RCOC for the five local municipalities and the two county road agencies. Estimates for Shelby Township’s portion are roughly $120,000.

Early plans call for the road to be constructed in two main stages. In the first stage, crews will construct the east side of Dequindre Road and the south side of South Blvd.

The second stage will see construction on the west side of Dequindre Road and the north side of South Blvd. Dequindre Road will be open to traffic for the entirety of the project as three lanes -- one lane in each direction and a center left turn lane -- will be maintained throughout the project.

West Utica Road is proposed to be closed at Dequindre Road for approximately four weeks. Dates and detour are to be announced.

Along with the reconstruction and widening, a redesign of the intersection Dequindre and West Utica roads is planned as Meliville Road in Rochester Hills will be aligned with West Utica Road with a new traffic signal installed at that location.

Because it lies on a county border, Dequindre Road is maintained by the MCDR between 8 Mile to 14 Mile roads and 26 Mile and Bordman roads. The RCOC manages Dequindre Road between 14 Mile to 26 Mile roads.

For more information, contact the RCOC at 877-858-4804 or visit