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Rethinking Waste - Developing a New Solid Waste Plan

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Upcoming meeting

Solid Waste Resources Management Plan Advisory Committee Meeting​

Tuesday, April 23​, 2019
1-3 p.m.
Downtown Development Authority offices
150 S. 5th Ave #301
Ann Arbor, MI 48104​

All are welcome to attend. There will be time for public comment at the end of the meeting.


​​AA 5 Year Plan Infographic.jpg​Ann Arbor is rethinking waste by taking a fresh look at recycling, trash and compost operations in the City. This strategic approach to future solid waste services will culminate in the creation of a new Solid Waste Resource Management Plan (SWRMP), which will set the direction of solid waste operations in Ann Arbor in the years to come.

What is happening 

In collaboration with a consultant team, City staff are engaging a range of stakeholders to develop the SWRMP to ensure the needs and interests of the community are met. The SWRMP planning process has been designed to include of a range of perspectives through a multifaceted approach that involves:

  • A random, scientific survey of Ann Arbor residents (planned for winter 2019)
  • Interviews with key stakeholders, including community groups, business associations, waste and recycling service providers, and City staff (completed July/August 2018)
  • An Advisory Committee comprised of stakeholders and other interested community members (Advisory Committee formed in September 2018). 
  • Focus Group engagement to explore select issues of interest, including downtown alleys and student residents (completed fall 2018)
  • Meetings with the City's Environmental Commission (periodic throughout the project)​

Using insights from stakeholders, in combination with the collection and careful consideration of data, strategies will be developed to address key service areas including:

  • Residential waste, recycling, and organics collection
  • Commercial waste, recycling, and organics collection
  • Downtown alley services
  • Fats, oils, and grease collection and disposal
  • Regionalization options
  • Education and outreach

Where are we now?

Work on the SWRMP commenced in May 2018 and is expected to be completed in July 2019. We are therefore about midway through the planning process. Materials from and videos from the Advisory Committee Meetings that have taken place are posted below in addition to materials that have been provided to the Environmental Commission. Stay tuned for the upcoming residential survey. ​

Documents, materials and video

Jan. 15, 2019 Advisory Committee meeting

Nov. 14, 2018 Advisory Committee meeting

Augu​st 23, ​2018 presen​​tation to Environmental Commission working session​ (PDF)

Companion projects ​

Project manager:
​Cresson Slotten
301 E. Huron St., 4th Floor
Ann Arbor, MI
734.794.6430 x43701 ​