"Feet on the Street"
In July and August of 2022, Ann Arbor will be participating in a program to improve residential recycling, lower contamination and provide updated recycling information to residents.
Recycling changes and new cart stickers
The City of Ann Arbor is issuing updated cart stickers to reflect new recycling standards. The new stickers focus on recycling changes, 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.
This re-stickering will take place June 27–July 1. Residents should place carts out during this week, even if service isn't required, so that the new stickers can be placed on carts. A video is available to guide those who need to put the new sticker on their cart.
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*
- #3, 4, 6, and 7 plastics
- Biodegradable plastics (marked “PLA” or “BPI”)
- Light bulbs*
- Toxic materials such as motor oil
- Medical waste, syringes
- Scrap metal (auto parts, pieces of equipment)*
- Hardcover books*
- Ceramics or pyrex dishes
- Wood or construction debris*
- Paper cups
- Yard trimmings or plate scrapings
- Shredded paper*
*These items can be taken to the Drop-Off Station
. 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.
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.
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.