Trash, Recycling & Compost

Spring 2023 Student Move In/Out

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The City of Ann Arbor has a Reuse page that has information on what to do with unwanted items. We encourage students who are moving in or out to use these resources for unwanted items. Although the City will accept some items during Move in Move out for reuse, this page includes year-round services and has additional resources for reusing items. ​​​​​​​​​​​

In anticipation of student move-in/move-out this spring the City of Ann Arbor​ will once again be offering a site for drop-off for trash, reuse and recycling to students and landlords. ​​

Days: April 26, 28 and 30, May 1 and 3, 2023

Location: 2000 South Industrial Highway

Hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

No material will be accepted outside of these hours subject to illegal dumping fines.

Site will be actively monitored 24 hours.

Materials accepted for disposal/recycle:
  • Bagged household trash
  • Dirty mattresses
  • Worn out furniture
  • Curbside recycling
  • Scrap metal
  • Clean block foam only; NO peanuts, wrapping, or food packaging​​
Materials accepted for reuse:
  • Gently used clothing
  • Gently used furniture
  • Working electric appliances 
  • Working refrigerators
  • Clean mattresses

Not accepted: 

  • Non-working freon containing appliances (freezers, refrigerators, dehumidifiers, AC window units)
  • Televisions
  • Electronics
  • Construction debris: wood, wallboard, flooring, tile, wires, spools, pallets, and any material of a similar nature
  • Carpet
  • Liquids of any kind
  • Paint
  • Food Waste
  • Compost or yard waste
  • Biohazardous or hazardous waste
  • Ovens and dishwashers
  • Bathtubs and hot tubs
  • Trailers or boats 
  • *​Many of these unaccepted materials can be taken to Washtenaw County's Home Toxics Center​, the Drop-off Station, or Recycle Ann Arbor's​​ Recovery Yard​​


No on-site assistance for unloading will be available. Large material that needs to be broken down to fit into the dumpsters must be prepped before drop-off. 

Off-site options

This year, the city is working with the University of Michigan to promote reuse and recycling. Students can donate unopened food and hygiene products and kitchen supplies to the Maize and Blue Cupboard​. The Planet Blue Sustainability Leaders have put together these m​​ove out tips​ for students living off campus. In addition to the University's resources, the city also has a reuse and bulky items website that can be helpful for residents and students alike. 


Mixed paper; metal cans; glass bottles and jars; plastic bottles, containers and tubs; "Aseptic" and "Tetrapak" cartons. Visit the recycling ​page for more details.  You can also place these items in carts or dumpsters at your residence. ​

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 collect​ion 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 fine possible. 

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 April 27 and 28 and May 1 and 4. Apartment sites must pre-schedule with Customer Service by April 21 by calling 734.994.​7336.​ During move in/out, requests for extra tips of dumpsters other than on April 27 and 28 and May 1 and 4  will be available at the regular cost of $126.00 per tip.

Dumpsters will not be serviced if they are blocked by vehicles or have excess/overflowing 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 $126.00 will be assessed.​


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​