Trash, Recycling & Compost

Fall 2019 Student Move In/Out

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​In anticipation of student move-in/move-out this fall​, the City of Ann Arbor​ will once again be offering a ​solid waste drop off site, located near the intersection of East University and Oakland on Tappen Street. We have endeavored to create a site that maximizes waste recovery and reuse while being efficient, accessible, clean and cost-effective. The location will be staffed, and will collect additional items as noted below.​

Days: Thursday, Aug. 15 - Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019

Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.​ daily

No deliveries accepted overnight and subject to illegal dumping fines. Site monitored 24 hours.​

Materials accepted 

  • bagged trash
  • mattresses
  • discarded furniture
  • curbside recycling

Reusable items accepted

  • clothing
  • non-perishable food
  • toiletries
  • furniture
  • working electronic appliances

Not accepted

  • tv's​
  • appliances containing freon
  • construction debris including carpet (acceptable for fee at the Drop-Off Station located at 2950 E. Ellsworth, 734.971.7400).
  • food waste, compost, biohazardous waste, ovens, dishwashers, bathtubs, hot tubs, paint, yard waste, liquids, etc. 
  • material that needs to be broken down to place into dumpsters
  • material that takes more than two people to lift into dumpsters​ 


Reuse and disposal options are available for your furniture and bulky items. Visit our reuse page to learn more.  ​

The following agencies may be able to pick up furniture in good shape from your residence:

  • Recycle Ann Arbor ReUse Center: 734.222.7880
  • Salvation Army: 313.965.7760 or 866.448.3866​
  • PTO Thrift Shop: 734.996.9195​

Trash and recycling set out time

All refuse and recycling must fit inside city trash or recycling carts. Material sitting on top of, alongside or in front of carts will not be picked up. Set cart out no earlier than 24 hours before collection day and remove carts from the curb no later than noon the day after collection.​ Any violation of this policy will be subject to a Community Standards violation with a minimum fine of $100 plus court costs.

Cardboard recycling and extra recycling service

Contact Recycle Ann Arbor at 734.662.6288 or to arrange an extra recycling service or special cardboard pickup. Recycling carts need to be brought to the curb for service. Cardboard boxes must be flattened and folded, or cut into sections that will fit into the bed of a pickup truck (5’x5’ or smaller). Pickups will generally be scheduled the following business day.​

City serviced trash dumpsters 

Apartment sites in the Central Campus Area that have Dumpster Service provided by the City, may request an extra tip, at no additional cost, for Monday, Aug. 19 and/or 26, Friday 16, 23 and/or 30. Apartment sites must pre-schedule with Customer Service 734.794.6000 by Thursday, Aug. 15, 22 and/or 29. During move in/out, additional extra tips of dumpsters other than on Aug. 16, 19, 23, 26, and 30 will be available in the Central Campus Area at a cost of $89.00 per tip.​

Dumpsters will not be serviced if blocked by vehicles or trash

All trash must fit within the dumpster with the lid closed. Blocked dumpsters will be serviced on the site’s next scheduled day. If the dumpster owner requests the City to return to service the dumpster, the scheduled tip rate of $89​.00 will be assessed.​  



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

City of Ann Arbor Customer Service
Larcom​ City Hall, First Floor
301 E. Huron St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104 
Assistance M - ​F 7:30am - 5:30pm