Our Work in the Community

We have deep roots in the Ann Arbor community having first begun collecting recyclables over 30 years ago in 1977. The early years were a true grassroots program: just a truck and some concerned Ann Arbor citizens with the initiative to make a difference. This is our community and we give back by the service we provide, the partnerships we create, and the programs we support.

Together we can make a difference.

Our Community Programs

Change Round-Up

Visit the ReUse Center to Donate. Each quarter we collect donations for a different charity. Currently, we are collecting donations for the A Brighter Way. 

A Brighter Way reduces recidivism and heals communities by providing mentoring and building vital social support networks for people returning from jails and prisons to Washtenaw County. Through one-on-one relationships, group mentoring, and connection to critical resources, we help people to define and achieve their goals to find a successful life on the outside. Now recruiting volunteers!

original ABW Logo 2016 Sep 9

Past Recipients of Change Round-Up


Recycle Ann Arbor in the News


Issues of the Environment: Tips For Reducing Holiday Waste, Radio: WEMU 89.1

Ann Arbor, MI Weighs Proposals From 3 Companies to Operate MRF, Online News: WasteDive

Holiday Recycling & ReUse Video Guide with Environmental Elf. TV: Ann Arbor's Community Television Network (CTN)

Recyclers Are Ready to Dispose of Campaign Yard Signs. Online News: WasteDive

Recycling Rift: the Bitter Break-Up at the MRF. Print News: Ann Arbor Observer

Issues of the Environment: Recycling Improving in Washtenaw County Schools. Radio: WEMU 89.1

The State Wants Your Ideas: How Can We Change Our Trash-Tossing Ways? Radio: Michigan Radio NPR Stateside

Pilot Program in Dearborn Public Schools Focuses on Community Recycling Improvement. Online News: Press & Guide Southgate, MI

Recycle Ann Arbor ReUse Center Celebrates 20th Anniversary. Online News: MLive, Ann Arbor News


Ann Arbor, MI., City Council Votes 10-1 to negotiate interim contract with Recycle Ann Arbor