May 16, 2013— There will be no trash, recycling or compost collection services in the City of Ann Arbor on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27. The Monday pickups will occur on Tuesday and the rest of the collections will occur one day later throughout the week. The normal Friday routes will be serviced on Saturday, June 1. Commercial customers with weekly Saturday service through the city franchise with Waste Management will receive Saturday pickups without delays.The Municipal Center offices at 301 E. Huron in Larcom City Hall and the Justice Center, including the 15th Judicial District Court, will be closed on the holiday Monday. Safety Services and Utility operations will maintain 24-hour schedules. A press release is attached (pdf).
April 22, 2013--Ann Arbor residents helped produced 12,268 tons of recyclable materials in 2012. ReCommunity, Ann Arbor’s recycling partner, is sharing a report featuring the overall impact of these extraordinary local recycling efforts. Ann Arbor residents can view a copy of the report online for fun comparisons equating the amount of recycled material to the amount of trees and oil saved, jobs created and more.
March 20, 2013 — Compost News: Now that spring has officially arrived, people are starting to think of raking up yard debris and adding finished compost to their gardens and landscapes.
- The weekly curbside collection of residential compostables in the City of Ann Arbor resumes Monday, April 1, 2013, on regular curbside trash collection days. The compost program accepts yard trimmings such as leaves, plants, garden debris, twigs, and branches up to 6 inches in diameter and 4 feet in length. Ann Arbor residents using optional compost carts may also place grass clippings, fruit and vegetable scraps, and uncoated paper plates, paper cups, and napkins inside the carts for municipal collection.
- Compost Sales: Bulk municipal compost and mulch are available for sale year-round from the Ann Arbor Compost Center at 4150 Platt Road, Ann Arbor 48108, 734.489.4518, open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Compost Center is also open on spring Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon during April, May and June. Mechanically-loaded cured and screened municipal compost and mulch are sold for $20/cubic yard (plus tax), minimum two cubic yards per visit, while supplies are available. Compost is and mulch in bushel and yard quantities are also sold at the Drop-Off Station.
Free Compost for Ann Arbor Residents: The following discounts and special offers at the Platt Road Compost Center facility for Ann Arbor residents, only. Residents must stop at the scale house at 4150 Platt Road and provide proof of Ann Arbor residency: a recent water bill and driver’s license.
Free self-loaded compost and mulch for Ann Arbor residents is available on Saturdays, April 6, 2013 through June 29, 2013 from 8 a.m. to noon, while supplies last. Residents must bring their own shovel and containers. The scale house operator will direct the resident to the location of the free compost. Limit 6 bushels (or 1 cubic yard), total, of compost, mulch, or a combination thereof per household.
Free cubic yard of mechanically-loaded compost or mulch with purchase. Ann Arbor residents are able to receive one free cubic yard of compost or mulch with the purchase of at least one cubic yard of materials ($20 plus tax) from the Compost Center. Residents pay at the scale house, 4150 Platt Road. The scale house operator will radio the field staff to mechanically load the truck. The vehicle must hold a minimum of 2 cubic yards of bulk materials. Limit one free cubic yard per day, while supplies last through October 2013.
March 7, 2013 — To report a pothole within the City of Ann Arbor, citizens are urged to immediately phone (734) 99-HOLES or place a pothole repair request via the online Citizen Request System posted at www.a2gov.org. Potholes are defects caused by water entering through cracks in the street and pooling under the surface, in the street sub-base. Each time the water freezes and expands then thaws, the street is damaged and potholes are born. A citizen-reported pothole will be patched within 24 weekday hours, weather and other activities permitting. A quick repair of the pothole fixes the immediate problem and helps prevent additional damage to the street.