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Reuse and Bulky Item Disposal

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​The Ann Arbor area is fortunate to have many local outlets to support reuse in the circular economy.

  • 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 PTO Thrift Shop - Accepts and sells furniture, household goods, small appliances, je​welry, antiques, clothing, toys, books and media in support of Ann Arbor Public Schools. Call for free furniture pickup.
  • 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, NextDoor, Facebook Marketplace, Craig's List, EBay, 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 doz​en bags of “stuff ” you just cleaned out of yourNo bulky waste on street image.jpg closet, basement, attic, or garage can result in a citation and is 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 ha​ulers 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.​

  •  Recycle Ann Arbor's roll-off 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. 

  • 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. Entry and additional fees may be required.​

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 trach, recycling or compost carts serviced weekly by calling the City of Ann Arbor’s Customer Service Center at 734.794.6320. 

Freon must be removed from appliances before disposal. This is a federal requirement to reduce a significant greenhouse gas. Costs may apply. 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.​



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