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Recycling

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​Recycling is​ easy. Weekly recycling collection is available to every home, apartment, non-profit and business located​ with the City of Ann Arbor for no additional ​charge.​​​ 

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​Cart recycling​ guide​

​Recycle Ann Arbor also has an interactive recycling guide with a keyword search ability. ​

Yes

  • M​ixed paper – newspapers, magazines, catalogs, junk mail, office paper, cardboard, frozen food and cereal-type boxes
  • Metal cans
  • Glass bottles and jars, remove tops​
  • Cleaned​ plastic bottles, containers and tubs (screw on caps: keep on, flat plastic lids: throw away)​
  • "Aseptic" and "Tetrapak" cartons. These are typically​ used for milk, juice, soymilk, chicken broth, almond milk, etc.

*Keep caps on plastic, remove from glass​​

No

  • Plastic bags or film
  • Styrofoam*
  • #3/PVC plastic
  • Biodegradable plastics (marked “PLA” or “BPI”)
  • Batt​eries & Electr​onics
  • Light bulbs
  • Toxic materials such as motor oil
  • Medical waste, syringes
  • Hardcove​r books
  • Ceramics or pyrex dishes
  • Textiles*
  • Wood or construction​ debris
  • Paper cups​
  • Yard trimmings or plate scrappings
  • Shredded paper
*These items can be taken to the​ Drop-Off Stati​on. See their website for restrictions and additional recycling details. 

​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. ​

​​Carts

Recycling carts are required unless location is using an approved recycling dumpster for materials. All recycling carts are managed by the city.​

​Single family/duplex:

  • The first 32- or 64-gallon recycling cart is free to new construction or newly annexed properties.

  • Annual $36 fee to upgrade a cart to 96 gallon, which is added to the quarterly water bill.

  • Annual $176 fee for each additional recycling cart at the same address, which is added to the quarterly water bill.

  • ​$59 fee for the delivery of additional carts, return of unwanted carts, or cart exchanges. A $15 credit will be applied to downsize a cart from 64 gallon to 32 gallon.​

  • $24 can be assessed to power wash overly dirty or foul smelling returned carts.

  • $67 to return to service each cart not set out on time.

Multi-family and apartments:

  • 96-gallon recycle carts are provided at a pro-rated level based on number of residential units.
  • Annual $176 fee for each additional recycle cart.
  • Locations with 10+ units are required to use recycling dumpsters.​​
  • $122 for extra tips for recycle dumpsters serviced by the city.

*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. ​​

Business​

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 [email protected] or 734.794.6350 x 43317.

Recycling events​

**In person events are currently cancelled due to COVID-19.

In lieu of in person events, the Ecology Center has put together Craft and​ Chat videos that can be found on their YouTube channel

​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 reduced purchasing, thrifty purchasing (avoiding consumer waste) and reusing/repairing items before recycling. ​



 

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

For information or to sign up for recycling service, please contact:

City of Ann Arbor Customer Service
Larcom​ City Hall, First Floor
301 E. Huron St.​
Ann Arbor, MI 48104 
 
734.994.7336 

Business hours are M - ​F 7:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. ​

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