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​Recycling changes and new cart stickers

The City of Ann Arbor is issuing updated ca​rt st​ickers to reflect new recycling standards. The new stickers focus on recycling changes,New recycling cart sticker 2022.jpg specifically that scrap metal and shredded paper are NO longer accepted in curbside carts but may be recycled at the Drop-​Off-Station. The only plastics now accepted curbside are rinsed and dry plastic bottles, tubs and containers, specifically #1, #2 and #5 plastics.

vid​eo is available to guide those who receive​ a new sticker in the mail.

Curbside recycling​ guide​

​​Recycle Ann Arbor has an interactive A to Z recycling guide with a keyword search ability. ​​​


  • Paper, such as ​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​​


  • Plastic bags or film​*
  • Styrofoam*
  • #3, 4, 6, and 7 plastics
  • Biodegradable plastics (marked “PLA” or “BPI”)
  • Batt​eries 
  • Electr​onics*​
  • 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​*​
*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. ​


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.

  • ​$56 fee for the delivery of additional carts, return of unwanted carts, or cart exchanges. 

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

  • $70 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

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

  • ​$126 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​ 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. ​

​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. ​


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

Customer Service Center

Larcom City Hall, first floor 
8.00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday (except holidays)

301 E. Huron St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Assistance by phone or email 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday (except holidays)

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