What is Zero Waste?

“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... read more

Winter Holiday ReUse & Recycling Guide 2018

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 ca... read more

Recycle Ann Arbor Says Farewell to Christine Chessler-Stull and Welcomes Angela Porta

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 wil... read more

Recycle Ann Arbor's Zero Waste Program Welcomes Angela Porta

Angela Porta was recently hired as the Zero Waste Program Assistant. She previously worked at Recycle Ann Arbor in 2016 as an intern assisting with research and events for the Zero Waste Washtenaw program. Between roles at RAA, Angela was a Solid Waste Intern at Washtenaw County’s Solid Waste Divi... read more

Recycle Ann Arbor Awarded Grant to Expand Zero Waste Events in Ann Arbor

Recycle Ann Arbor’s Zero Waste Special Event program has grown significantly since 2012 and the interest in the community has also grown. In 2015, we further expanded our reach by partnering with the Washtenaw County Office of the Water Resources Commissioner (Solid Waste Department) to develop Ze... read more

Zero Waste Washtenaw: Working with Community Events to Divert 6.4 Tons of Waste Since 2015

In May 2015, Recycle Ann Arbor was awarded a $19,500 "pollution prevention" grant from the State of Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to expand Zero Waste events throughout Washtenaw County. The grant partners were the Washtenaw County Office of the Water Resources Commiss... read more

Zero Waste Washtenaw Program Update

In spring of 2015, Recycle Ann Arbor was awarded a grant for $19,500 by the State of Michigan Departement of Environmental Quality to focus on expanding the Zero Waste Special Events program.  This program is now known as "Zero Waste Washtenaw", which is a partnership between Recy... read more

To recycle or not Recycle Pizza Boxes?

To recycle or not recycle pizza boxes? Many communities, including Ann Arbor, hear this question often. The answer is that the Ann Arbor community does accept pizza boxes in the curbside recycling cart - as long as a few simple steps are followed to reduce possible contamination. To better spread t... read more

Pollution Prevention Grants

This spring, the State of Michigan DEQ department put out a call for “pollution prevention” grant applications. Recycle Ann Arbor, in partnership with the Washtenaw County Office of the Water Resources Commissioner, Ecology Center, and WISD, were awarded two grants. Here’s a brief summary of t... read more

Zero Waste Detroit

Zero Waste Detroit (ZWD) is a collaborative of over twenty community, environmental and environmental justice organizations in the City of Detroit that has been in existence since 2007.  ZWD's goal is to move the City of Detroit to a solid waste management system that captures the value of the wast... read more

“Who Does What” in the Local Solid Waste Universe

Some recent news coverage on contractual and operational issues at the city of Ann Arbor owned materials recovery facility (MRF) created quite a bit of confusion among elected leaders, local media and citizens about who exactly is providing what solid waste services in Ann Arbor.  We understand the... read more

2015/16 Budget Amendment

Ann Arbor City Council 2015/16 Ann Arbor Budget AmendmentSponsors: GRAND, KRAPOHL AND WESTPHALApproved Unanimously on Voice Vote MAY 18, 2015 CREATE A COMPREHENSIVE ORGANICS MANAGEMENT PLAN Whereas, There is a strong ethic of conservation and environmental stewardship among the residents of Ann A... read more

The City of Ann Arbor Parks Recycling Program to Continue and Expand in 2015

Due to its success and overwhelming positive community feedback, the city of Ann Arbor parks recycling program will expand slightly to include twenty parks for 2015. In 2014, fourteen city parks were chosen to pilot, based on the frequency of park users and events, with special consideration for are... read more