Ann Arbor Recycling Guide and Drop Off Locations

Ann Arbor recycling guideDid you know that Ann Arbor’s recycling program diverts up to about 14,000 tons of materials from reaching the landfill in a single year? Combined with our city’s ongoing focus, programs, and innovations with sustainability, Ann Arbor continues to make a great impact on preventing needless waste.

With a few small considerations, we could help boost that number significantly and help our recycling facilities tackle what’s become an industry-wide problem.

Unaccepted items such as bags, hoses, and wires find their way into recycling facilities’ machinery, belts, and joints, jamming them up, causing major damage, and creating an unsafe environment for workers who have to remove the items by hand.

Greasy or unclean containers attract rodents or pests, creating unsanitary working conditions and contaminating the remaining load of recyclables.

 

What Can be Recycled in Ann Arbor?

 

You might not realize what is NOT accepted by Ann Arbor Recycling. It can also be surprising to note that one incorrect item can spoil an entire load of recycling, causing it to be rejected and shipped to the landfill.

For instance, you probably know that you can’t put light bulbs or motor oil in your Ann Arbor recycling cart, but did you know shredded paper or biodegradable plastics must be handled differently?

 

Items Accepted by Ann Arbor Recycling Curb Service

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  • Mixed paper – newspaper, junk mail, magazines, catalogs, cardboard, cereal-type boxes
  • Metal cans
  • Glass jars and bottles

Must be clean. Remove tops from glass items.

  • Plastic Tubs
  • Plastic containers
  • Plastic Bottles
  • Empty aerosol cans
  • Aseptic and Tetrapak cartons

Must be clean. Keep screw-on caps, throw away flat plastic lids.

 

Items NOT ACCEPTED by Ann Arbor Recycling Curb Service

  • Regular garbage
  • Shredded paper
  • Plastic bags
  • Plastic lids
  • Styrofoam*
  • Film
  • Biodegradable plastics (marked “PLA” or “BPI”)
  • #3 plastics or PVC
  • Light bulbs
  • Batteries
  • Electronics
  • Toxic materials, hazardous chemicals, motor oil, automotive fluids
  • Medical waste or syringes
  • Hardcover books
  • Ceramics or Pyrex
  • Mirrors or window panes
  • Textiles*
  • Paper cups
  • Compost, yard waste, or plate scraps

*These items are accepted at Recycle Ann Arbor’s drop-off station.

 

Ann Arbor Drop-Off Locations for Recyclables or Junk

Plastic bags, styrofoam, batteries, fluorescent light tubes, electronics… Ann Arbor has resources and locations to get rid of just about anything. Please note that some fees may apply.

Recycling, Compost, and Electronics Drop-Offs

  

Drop-Offs for Other Items and Hazardous Materials

Not seeing what you need here? Find out how to properly handle your unwanted items with Ann Arbor’s interactive A-Z Recycling Guide and search tool, categorized by item.

For more information on hazardous waste disposal, Chuck It Junk Removal has put together a free downloadable household hazardous waste disposal locations guide or you can visit the Washtenaw County Home Toxic Center website

 

Looking to get rid of junk in the Ann Arbor area? We make it easy!

Contact Chuck It Junk Removal today!

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