Recycle Ann Arbor is pleased to announce the appointment of Bryan Ukena as its Chief Executive Officer. Ukena has deep roots in the recycling industry, dating back to the late 1980s. Ukena began his recycling career in Arkansas, helping establish the state’s first recycling program in the City of Eureka Springs. He went on to hold leadership positions in Colorado, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. As Co-President of Minnesota-based Eureka Recycling, the nation’s largest non-profit recycler, Ukena oversaw the development and financing of a privately-owned, state-of-the-art Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), and the growth

By Dan Ezekiel, one of the founders of Recycle Ann Arbor in the early 1970s  article first published by the Ecology Center in 2003  In the spring of 1978, I attended a meeting to organize leafletting for the first pickup by Recycle Ann Arbor, a new organization loosely modeled on... read more

How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? None, because the woodchuck knows that wood doesn’t belong in the curbside recycling bin! Although wood is a natural resource, it has no place in a curbside single-stream recycling system. When properly disposed of, wood can be recycled into products commonly used in gardens and outdoor spaces. Additionally,... read more

Some of the items we purchase are unfortunately destined for the landfill simply because there is no ability or option to recycle, reuse, or repurpose that item for various reasons- often due to what material(s) it is made from. Practicing a lifestyle in which you put “reduction” first will allow you to minimize the items you have to worry about... read more

A grateful farewell to CEO Kirk Lignell and “welcome back” to interim CEO Bryan Weinert After six years at the helm, Recycle Ann Arbor CEO Kirk Lignell will be stepping down from his position in April. We are sad to see Lignell go but wish him well in his new pursuits with a fast-growing Dexter-based company, Valicor. Lignell... read more

Keep that old furniture out of the landfill AND the curbside bin.  There are plenty of reasons why you might need to dispose of or replace furniture: moving out of Ann Arbor, upgrading your existing furniture choices, or replacing broken pieces that just can’t be repaired. In the City of Ann Arbor, furniture cannot be placed on the curbside or in apartment... read more