“Zero Waste” is becoming a more popular term - but what does it mean? We want to be clear about how we view zero waste and how it can benefit our community and the planet. Zero waste is not just reducing the amount of materials that we as consumers throw away in our garbage cans. It also isn’t recycling and composting 100% of what we use. While those actions are very important, zero waste is so much more than that! Zero waste aims to address the whole system of the way

Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle this Holiday Season  Batteries - Rechargeable: Unusable rechargeable batteries & button batteries can be taken to the Drop-Off Station or to the Recovery Yard.  Bubble Wrap: Save quality bubble wrap to be reused. If the wrap cannot be reused it should be taken to the Drop-Off Station.  Electronics: Many replaced, working electronics... read more

Winter is on its way and we know that while you may be planning to spend some extra time indoors, you will still need to venture to the curb to set out your solid waste carts. Here are some tips to ensure that your recycling still gets picked up during inclement weather. These tips apply to residential and commercial solid... read more

By Mike Garfield, Ecology Center Director, Recycle Ann Arbor Board of Directors Throughout the U.S., the recycling movement has been suffering body blows.  If it weren’t enough that the Trump Administration was dismantling one major environmental policy after another, new quality-based restrictions by Chinese scrap markets have sent the value of many recyclables into a nosedive.  This is hurting... read more

This month we want to shed some light on how to properly dispose of various types of light bulbs. There are three main types of light bulbs that we use in our homes today – incandescent, fluorescent (compact and tubes), and LED. No light bulb of any kind should be placed in your blue curbside recycling cart. Incandescent light bulbs are... read more

A Fond Farewell to Christine After five and a half years as Recycle Ann Arbor's Outreach & Zero Waste Coordinator, Christine Chessler-Stull has left to start a new position as Volunteer Coordinator for the University of Michigan's Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichol's Arboretum. She will miss educating the Ann Arbor community during Outreach and... read more