Winter Recycling Readiness
Winter has arrived in its usual Michigan fashion, with lots of snow and polar vortex temperatures. We know that while you may be planning to spend extra time indoors, you’ll still venture to the curb to set out your curbside recyclables. Here are some tips to ensure that your recycling still gets picked up during inclement weather.
All dumpsters and carts must be clear of ice and snow.
All solid waste container locations must be shoveled, cleared of snow and ice, and salt/dirt mix used to ensure safe accessibility for all service trucks and workers in order for them to service your recycling and trash containers whether dumpsters or carts. Please note that unserviced areas could result in a City Community Standards violation and fine.
Please remove carts from streets, driveways, and parking lots in order that they can be plowed.
Be sure that the lid to your dumpster or cart remains closed at all times. This will help prevent material from freezing inside carts. Containers cannot be serviced if they exceed the truck’s arm “weight capacity”.
Refrain from placing bagged or flattened materials in front of, next to, or on top of all solid waste containers. Service providers will not be able to access and service your solid waste containers.
All curbside solid waste carts (both recycling and trash) should be:
- Put out by 7 am for residents or 6 am for businesses and DDA locations on your designated service day. Note: Service will be delayed one day if your service day falls on a major holiday.
- Place carts 3 ft apart from other carts and obstacles with the steel bar and lid opening facing the street
- Place carts in a uniform line, no staggering carts behind each other.
- Place carts on a cleared street or driveway, else shovel a shelf, 1 inch from ground level - into the street side of snow banks to ensure service of carts. Please refrain from placing carts atop snow banks.
We appreciate your extra attention to your curbside recyclables during winter and your dedication to reducing the amount of waste headed to the landfill. Keep in mind that both Recycle Ann Arbor Drop Off Station and the Recovery Yard accept a broader list of materials for drop off recycling. For a complete list of materials accepted at each location along with hours of operation and check out the handy A-Z Recycling Guide.