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Business Recycling and Waste News

Updates and News

For recognition! Washtenaw County's free WasteKnot Partner program provides public recognition and support to businesses and institutions throughout the year. ​

Document on-spot shredding is offered April - October, on the 2nd Saturday of each month from 9:00 am-noon. Minimum fee is $10 per car; grocery bags $2 each, banker boxes $3 each, 20-box maximum per car. Certificate of destruction available. Secure hard drive shredding is also available. More details available at 

The Michigan Recycling Coalition's Master Recycler Business Training workshop is now available for online viewing at any time via Ann Arbor's Community Television's Network's online, on-demand service located at

Save money on your non-residential refuse costs by diverting papers and containers to the city's free recycling program! A site audit, collection bins, and weekly service are provided at no additional charge as long as your business is within Ann Arbor's city limits. Call the city's contracted vendor Recycle Ann Arbor at (734) 662-6288.

  • Federal DOT requirements: used rechargeable batteries must be sealed with clear tape at the positive end before recycling at a participating store or drop-off location. Want to offer a rechargeable battery recycling box at your business? Information is posted at
  • Washtenaw County has created a list of drop-off sites for a wider range of source-separated plastics, including plastic shrink wrap at
  • Shopping bag update: Thank you to more than 70 business people who responded to our online survey or attended a focus group regarding possible city ordinances to discourage disposable bag waste and encourage the use of reusable bags. We also received comments via a separate online survey from 733 consumers who live, work, and/or shop in Ann Arbor. Many thoughtful insights were provided. The next steps will be taken when City Council resumes working sessions to review the shopping bag topic. 

Non-residential locations are being contacted of the city's refuse dumpster franchise in a geographic, systematic fashion, to transfer refuse dumpster collection to the city's selected vendor Waste Management. Click here for dumpster information at-a-glance, for nonresidential franchise customers.

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