The Ann Arbor area is fortunate to have many local outlets to support reuse.
Ann Arbor District Library, Main Branch - Accepts books, cds, and DVDs for Friends of the Library Book Store, delivered to the loading dock during library hours.
Ann Arbor Lions Club Collects eye glasses for reuse from most area optical stores and other locations.
Ann Arbor PTO Thrift Shop - Accepts and sells furniture, household goods, small appliances, jewelry, antiques, clothing, toys, books and media in support of Ann Arbor Public Schools. Call for free furniture pickup.
Ann Arbor Thrift Shop - Accepts and sells clothing, jewelry, antiques, books, furniture, and small household items. Donations accepted at the blue side door.
Recycle Ann Arbor's Drop-Off Station - Recycles appliances, computers, televisions and most electronics. Some fees may apply.
Food Gatherers - Call or check web site for food and personal care item donation guidelines.
Friends in Deed - Provides free, good-condition furniture and cars to needy of Washtenaw County.
Goodwill of Southeastern Michigan - Accepts clothing, household items, toys, furniture, and small appliances. Accepts computers for recycling.
Habitat for Humanity ReStore - Accepts and sells building materials, tools, appliances, and furniture. Will schedule pickups.
House by the Side of the Road - 2051 South State St, 734.769.4085. Accepts clothing, bedding, toys, and small household articles. Call for donation and pickup information.
Humane Society of Huron Valley - Accepts towels, pet articles, dog collars, leashes, and more. Check website for updated wish list.
Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor - Accepts and sells clothing, furniture, tools, toys, books, and small appliances. Schedules free pickups.
Recycle Ann Arbor's ReUse Center - Accepts and sells salvaged building materials, working appliances, TVs, and household items. Pickup service available (some restrictions apply).
St. Vincent De Paul Society - Accepts clothing and household items.
Salvation Army Store, Area Drop‑Off Center - Accepts clothing, household goods, furniture, and jewelry. Call 800.728.7825 to schedule free pickups.
The Scrap Box - Accepts and sells craft items from industrial discards. Public welcome to bring in craft supplies, film canisters, corks, seashells and baby food jars.
You can also try selling your useable items to antique, used book and music shops, consignment shops and others. Many are listed on Washtenaw County's Trash-to-Treasures page. You may also wish to hold your own yard sale, post items on
FreeCycle, or other free local internet listings.
Several local haulers will separate materials for reuse and recycling as part of their trash hauling services. The businesses that have Washtenaw County's
"Waste Knot" review and designation include:
Bulky item disposal
The City of Ann Arbor does not pick up bulky items from the curb. Placing an old refrigerator, unwanted sofa, mattresses, broken television, rolls of carpeting, or the dozen bags of “stuff ” you just cleaned out of your closet, basement, attic, or garage can be result in a citation and subject to fines up to $1,000.
Contact a private waste hauler
Many haulers are listed in print and Internet “yellow pages” under Rubbish & Garbage Removal or a similar heading. The haulers listed below are recognized as Washtenaw County Waste Knot Partners and provide waste pickup and recycling services.
1-800-GOT-JUNK? Provides waste pickup and disposal services as well as recycling options for most items, including renovation debris. Fees include removing items from inside building.
Calvert’s Rolloff Containers, Inc. Operated by Recycle Ann Arbor. Rents containers of all sizes to handle construction or clean-out debris. Processes collected materials for recycling and disposal. Provides some pickups and accepts drop off of bulky items on a for-fee basis.
Honeymoon Hauling Provides waste, appliance and recycling pickup and disposal.
Recycle Ann Arbor’s Drop-Off Station Allows drop-off of a wide variety of bulky waste materials, including furniture, appliances, and electronics for recycling and disposal. Pickups also available. $3.00 entry fee. Additional fees may apply.
TDF II Hauling & Plowing Provides pickup and disposal/recycling services for many items, including appliances, computers, furniture, and yard waste. Also donates items such as cleaning products, toys, clothing, and books to local charities.
You may be able to save some surplus recycling or dry trash for the next week, when your carts are less full. If excess trash is an ongoing situation, you may subscribe to have additional refuse carts serviced weekly ($137/year for each additional 96-gallon cart) by calling the City of Ann Arbor’s Customer Service Center at 734.794.2807. Additional recycling carts can be purchased for $50 each (free for multi-unit housing and businesses) from Recycle Ann Arbor at 734.662.6288.
Freon must be removed from appliances before disposal. This is a federal requirement to reduce a significant greenhouse gas. Cost is generally $28 per appliance for freon recycling by a certified extractor. Freon extraction is available at the Drop-Off Station and some scrap metal sites. Many appliance stores will offer to take back and recycle old appliances when delivering new ones.
The listing of these haulers is not and does not imply an endorsement of their services or products by the City of Ann Arbor or by any City of Ann Arbor official or employee.