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Recycling is​ easy. Weekly recycling collection is available to every home, apartment, nonprofit and business located​ in Ann Arbor for no additional ​charge.​​

Recycle guide​


  • Mixed paper – newspapers, magazines, catalogs, junk mail, office paper, cardboard, frozen f​ood and cereal-type boxes,​ shredded paper (placed in a clear plastic bag).
  • Metal cans, lids
  • Glass bottles and jars​
  • Scrap metal up to 1 cubic yard, 20 pounds per piece​
  • Rinsed plastic bottles, contain​ers and tubs
  • "Aseptic" and "Tetrapak" cartons. These are typically​ used for milk, juice, soymilk, chicken broth, almond milk, etc.
  • Keep caps on plastic, remove from glassRecycling flyer 2019.jpg


  • Plastic bags, styrofoam
  • #3/PVC plastic
  • Biodegradable plastics (marked “PLA” or “BPI”)
  • Batteries
  • Light bulbs
  • Toxic materials such as motor oil
  • Medical waste and syringes
  • Hardcover books
  • Ceramics or pyrex dishes
  • Electronics
  • Trash
  • Textiles
  • Wood or construction debris
  • Paper cups​
*Carts must not exceed 112 pounds for the 32-gallon, 224 pounds for the 64-gallon or 336 pounds for the 96-gallon size. Carts over the limit will not be serviced. ​


Recycling carts are required unless location is using an approved recycling dumpster for materials. Recycling carts are managed by Recycle Ann Arbor.

Single family home/duplex:

  • Each household will be issued one 64-gallon recycling cart.  A 32 or 96-gallon recycling cart can be provided upon request.
  • First cart delivery is free.
  • Additional recycling carts are $50 each. 
  • $25 delivery fee or free if picked up.​ Carts must be empty and clean before being traded in. 

Single family/duplex:

  • Each household will be issued one 64-gallon recycling cart.  A 32 or 96-gallon recycling cart can be provided upon request.
  • Free first cart delivery to new construction or annexation address.
  • Additional recycling carts $50 each, one-time cost, payable to Recycle Ann Arbor.


  • No charge for delivery of initial recycling carts, based on need.

*Carts exceeding 112 pounds for the 32-gallon, 224 pounds for the 64-gallon, or 336 pounds for the 96-gallon size will not be serviced. ​​

Sign up

For most homeowners, residents or businesses, please contact Recycle Ann Arbor to find out how you can start recycling today.

If your business, however, is located within the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) region, or if your business has a recycling dumpster​ only (no carts), please contact the Customer Service Center by email at ​

Recycling events​

A new “park”nership has been created between Ann Arbor​ Public Works, Partnership program image.jpgthe Ecology Center and GIVE 365. Join the Ecology Center to make a craft, learn about recycling and sustainability and participate in a park activity provided by GIVE 365. Details in the flyer to the right.​ 

Register at Pre-registration ensures enough crafting materials for everyone. Walk-ins are welcome.


The city can assist your businesses recycling program by,

  • ​Performing a recycling analysis to determine how to set up a recycling program 
  • Providing posters, decals and signs
  • Setting up a recycling program, including placement of bins and signage​
  • Presentations to staff on how and what can be recycled
For more information on this service, please contact Jennifer Petoskey, solid waste compliance and outreach specialist, at or 734.794.6350 x43317.

If your business is located in the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) region, or if your business has recycling dumpsters only (no carts), your recycling services are provided directly by the City of Ann Arbor. Call 734.994.2807 for more information. ​

If your business is located outside of the DDA, and has recycling carts, your recycling services​ are provided by Recycle Ann Arbor. Call 734.662.6288 for more information or to report a missed pickup.​​

Reuse​ and bulky item disposal​

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! The biggest savings to the environment in terms of resource use, energy savings, and pollution reduction come from thrifty purchasing (avoiding consumer waste) and reusing/repairing items before recycling. ​


S​ubscribe​ ​​to Waste​Watcher 

To report missed pickup or other problem, please use A2 Fix It. ​​​

City of Ann Arbor Customer Service
Larcom​ City Hall, First Floor
301 E. Huron St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104 
Assistance M - ​F 7:30am - 5:30pm