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​​​ First floor, 301 E. Huron Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
(excluding holidays)


​Memorial Day 2024 update: The upcoming Memorial Day holiday Monday, May 27, 2024, will result in delay of City of Ann Arbor trash, recycling and compost curbside collection. Monday pickups will instead occur on Tuesday, May 28, 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. ​


Curbside recycle guide​

​​Recycle Ann Arbor has an interactive A to Z recycling guide that offers a search function for what can be recycled and how to recycle it.

For all material, if it's smaller than a fist, or index cart, place in trash. ​​​


  • Paper, such as ​newspapers, magazines, catalogs, junk mail, office paper, cardboard (must be flattened), frozen food boxes 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​​. Clean recyclables only. Do not bag.


  • Plastic bags or film​*
  • Styrofoam*
  • #3, 4, 6, and 7 plastics
  • Biodegradable plastics (marked “PLA” or “BPI”)
  • Batteries 
  • Electronics*​
  • Light bulbs*
  • Toxic materials such as motor oil
  • Medical waste, syringes
  • Scrap metal (auto parts, pieces of equipment)* 
  • Hardcover​ books*​
  • Ceramics or pyrex dishes
  • Textiles*
  • Wood or construction​ debris*
  • Paper cups​
  • Yard trimmings or plate scrapings​
  • Shredded paper​*​
  • Bulky items*
*These items can be taken to the​ Drop-Off Stati​on. See their website for restrictions and additional recycling details. 

Carts must not exceed 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. All recycling carts are managed by the city.​

​Single family/duplex

  • The first 64-gallon recycling cart is free to new construction or newly annexed properties (land newly obtained by the City of Ann Arbor)​.

  • ​$59 fee for the delivery of additional carts, return of unwanted carts, or cart exchanges. 

  • ​$26 to power wash overly dirty or foul smelling returned carts.

  • $77 to return to service each cart not set out on time.

Multi-family and apartments

  • 96-gallon recycle carts are provided based on number of residential units

  • Locations with 10+ units are required to use recycling dumpsters.​​

  • ​$88​ for an extra emptying of recycle dumpsters serviced by the city.

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

Business​ recycling 

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 Customer Service. ​