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:
- Educate the community about the issue of single use plastics.
- Encourage the reduction and reuse of single use plastics.
- Facilitate a convenient collection system to properly recycle plastic bags and other soft plastics throughout the community.
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 equipment. In 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:
- Zingerman's Deli - 422 Detroit St., Ann Arbor - Outside bike parking porch
- Zion Lutheran Church -1501 W. Liberty St., Ann Arbor - Welcome Center
- Zion Lutheran (Chelsea) - 3050 S. Fletcher Rd., Chelsea - Lobby
- Trinity Lutheran Church - 5353, 1400 W. Stadium Blvd., Ann Arbor - Lobby
- Emmanual Lutheran Church - 201 N. River St., Ypsilanti - Lobby
- St. Mark's Lutheran Church - 1515 S. Harris Rd., Ypsilanti- Lobby
- King of King's Lutheran Church - 2685 Packard Rd., Ann Arbor - Lobby
- Holy Faith Church - 6299 Ann Arbor - Saline Rd., Saline - Lobby
- Lord of Light Lutheran Church - 801 S. Forest, Ann Arbor - Vida Cafe Area, Lower Level
- Saline District Library - 555 N. Maple Rd., Saline - Foyer
COMPLETE LIST OF WHAT IS ACCEPTED
ALL ITEMS MUST BE CLEAN AND DRY.
- Grocery bags
- Bread bags
- Case overwrap (the wrapping over toilet paper, water bottle cases, etc.)
- Dry cleaning bags
- Newspaper sleeves
- Ice bags
- Wood pellet bags
- Ziplock and other reclosable food storage bags
- Produce bags
- Bubble wrap and air pillow
- Salt bags
- Cereal bags
WHAT IS NOT ACCEPTED
- Saran wrap / Cling wrap
- Frozen food bags
- Pre-washed salad mix bags
- Chip bags
- Candy bar wrappers
If you are interested in becoming a drop off collection location within the Plastic Pollution Solution network in 2019, fill out this form.