ATTN: Reuse Center will be closed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 21st. There will be NO delay in curbside recycling collection. 

Plastic Pollution Solution

The Plastic Pollution Solution is a program of Recycle Ann Arbor in partnership with the Washtenaw County Food Policy Council that launched on July 3rd, 2018– International Plastic Bag Free Day.

Plastic is everywhere and unfortunately that includes the environment, too. Single-use plastics exacerbate plastic pollution, which is why we created this campaign to give you the resources to reduce plastic use first and foremost, to reuse the plastic you do have, and to properly recycle any plastic that is no longer able to be reused.

The goals of the Plastic Pollution Solution campaign are to: 

 

PPS ZWH

 

 

This campaign's current focus is on single-use plastic bags and other soft plastics because they are not only contaminating our environment but also our single-stream curbside recycling system. Plastic bags and other flexible plastics pose a serious problem within our curbside recycling collection, creating contamination and damaging the recycling sorting equipmentIn a changing recycling landscape that faces mounting obstacles, having clean, uncontaminated recyclables are crucial to future success. By providing resources to reduce, reuse, and properly recycle soft plastics, we hope to decrease the level of soft plastic contamination that we are currently seeing in our curbside collection program. 

Properly Recycle Soft Plastics

Recycle Ann Arbor is facilitating the development of a diverse network of drop off locations collecting plastic bags and other soft, flexible plastics to ensure that they are recycled properly and do not end up in the landfill or worse, as pollution in our waterways. The soft plastics we receive will be recycled by our partner, Trex, to be made into composite lumber. 

Look for the green bins (see image below) at participating public collection locations:

 

PPS CollectionBin CleanDrySoftPlastics

 

COMPLETE LIST OF WHAT IS ACCEPTED

ALL ITEMS MUST BE CLEAN AND DRY.

WHAT IS NOT ACCEPTED

Get Involved

If you are interested in becoming a drop off collection location within the Plastic Pollution Solution network in 2019, fill out this form.