As a nonprofit organization, Recycle Ann Arbor relies on the support of volunteers in many capacities to help bring the best service to our customers. Volunteer for as little as a few hours per year up to regular weekly hours. Unless noted, you must be 18 or older to volunteer with Recycle Ann Arbor.
Check out our volunteer page on United Way of Washtenaw County!
Both the ReUse Center & Drop-Off Station are an “open-air” facility and can fluctuate in temperature greatly - especially in the very cold months. Please wear layered clothing to be comfortable inside/outdoors. Clothing that is “quick-dry” (not jeans or cloth-boots) is encouraged during wet and cold weather.
If you have a large group (more than 5 individuals), please contact us 1-2 weeks in advance so we can try to accommodate your organization with a project. Volunteer assistance is always welcome in a variety of areas:
Become a Waste Wizard
Do you want to learn the ins and outs of recycling and help others to learn too? Work with us to reinvigorate recycling in Ann Arbor, while keeping participation high and contamination low! This work is valuable for your community and the environment. Volunteers may assist with online outreach (social media, emails), event outreach (community festivals, presentations), door-to-door education, and neighbor recruitment. If you are interested in volunteering for this program, please sign up here.
Drop-Off Station (DOS)
2950 East Ellsworth Road • Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30-6:30 • Saturday, 9-6
Customer assistance, sorting of recyclable materials, traffic direction, and special projects are some of the many ways that volunteers can help out at the Drop-Off Station (DOS), the state’s largest community recycling center. Volunteers must be age 18 or older. Small groups only, please. Community service volunteers accepted. Call (734) 971-7400 for opportunities to volunteer.
"I always have a great time volunteering at the Drop-Off Station -- I just love sorting items and interacting with the public!" - University of Michigan Circle K Volunteer, 2014
The ReUse Center
2420 South Industrial Highway • Monday-Friday, 10-6 • Saturday, 10-5 • Sunday, 11-3
The ReUse Center welcomes volunteers to help sort merchandise and provide customer assistance. Small corporate and community groups of volunteers are welcome, with advance notice. Volunteers must be age 18 or older. For information on volunteering at the ReUse Center, please call (734) 222-7880 to see opportunities for volunteering. Community service volunteers accepted.
Community Outreach & Zero Waste Events
"I have now volunteered at three zero waste events, and everytime, I am amazed by the potential garbage that instead becomes compost/recycling!"- University of Michigan Circle K Volunteer, 2014
Community Service Volunteers
If you need to complete court-ordered community service hours, Recycle Ann Arbor can help!
Refer to this guide for full details.
The ReUse Center and Drop-Off Station can take volunteers who need to complete 10-100+ hours of service. We do ask for prior notification to make sure we are able to help you achieve your volunteer requirement in the time you need. Want to get started? Contact the department you are interested in volunteering with.
Sign up to volunteer
Please fill out an application form and sign a volunteer waiver. Bring these forms with you when you come to volunteer on your first day.