Volunteering at Recycle Ann Arbor

As a nonprofit organization, Recycle Ann Arbor relies on the support of volunteers in many capacities to help deliver the best service to our customers. Volunteer for as little as a few hours per year up to regular weekly hours. Unless noted, you must be 18 or older to volunteer with Recycle Ann Arbor.

Check out our volunteer page on United Way of Washtenaw County!

If you have a large group (more than 5 individuals), please contact us 1-2 weeks in advance so we can try to accommodate your organization with a project. Volunteer assistance is always welcome in a variety of areas:

Sign up to volunteer

 Please fill out and sign a volunteer waiver. Bring your signed waiver with you the first time you come to volunteer with us.

Drop-Off Station (DOS)

2950 East Ellsworth Road • Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30-6:30 • Saturday, 9-6

Our Drop-Off Station gives residents of Washtenaw County access to recycling services for both regular household recycling, and harder to recycle items, such as Freon appliances, tires, and styrofoam.

Volunteers can help with customer assistance, sorting of recyclable materials, traffic direction, and other special projects. Volunteers must be age 18 or older. Small groups only, please. Community service volunteers accepted. Please call the Drop-Off Station at (734) 971-7400 on the day you would like to volunteer to check their need for volunteers that day.

The Drop-Off Station is an “open-air” facility and can fluctuate in temperature greatly - especially in the very cold months. Please wear layered clothing to be comfortable inside/outdoors. Clothing that is “quick-dry” (not jeans or cloth-boots) is encouraged during wet and cold weather. Close-toed shoes are required.

"I always have a great time volunteering at the Drop-Off Station -- I just love sorting items and interacting with the public!" - University of Michigan Circle K Volunteer, 2014

The ReUse Center

2420 South Industrial Highway • Monday-Friday, 10-6 • Saturday, 10-5 • Sunday, 11-3

The ReUse Center is a donation based retail (thrift) store specializing in a range of household goods and appliances.

Volunteers can help with customer assistance, sorting and organizing of merchandise, and other special projects as needed. Volunteers must be age 18 or older. Small groups only, please. Community service volunteers accepted. Please call the ReUse Center at (734) 222-7880 on the day you would like to volunteer to check their need for volunteers that day.

The ReUse Center is an “open-air” facility and can fluctuate in temperature greatly - especially in the very cold months. Please wear layered clothing to be comfortable inside/outdoors. Close-toed shoes are required.

Community Outreach & Zero Waste Events

Do you enjoy interacting with the public and attending community festivals? Join the Zero Waste Team at area events to educate the public about recycling, composting and waste reduction. Most shifts are 2 hours in duration. Must be 18 or older. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for upcoming event dates.

"I have now volunteered at three zero waste events, and everytime, I am amazed by the potential garbage that instead becomes compost/recycling!"- University of Michigan Circle K Volunteer, 2014

Become a Waste Wizard

*Registration is now closed for the class of 2018. 

Do you want to learn the ins and outs of recycling and help others to learn too? Work with us to reinvigorate recycling in Ann Arbor, while keeping participation high and contamination low! This work is valuable for your community and the environment. Volunteers may assist with online outreach (social media, emails), event outreach (community festivals, presentations), door-to-door education, and neighbor recruitment. 


Our Outreach Coordinator will then follow-up to let you know how you can best help our efforts. Must be 18 or older or accompanied by an adult lead. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions before signing up.

Community Service Volunteers

If you need to complete court-ordered community service hours, Recycle Ann Arbor can help!

The ReUse Center and Drop-Off Station can take volunteers who need to complete 10-100+ hours of service. We do ask for prior notification to make sure we are able to help you achieve your volunteer requirement in the time you need. Want to get started? Contact the department you are interested in volunteering with.

Contact Us

Still have questions? For further information about volunteering with Recycle Ann Arbor, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you have an idea on how you can help Recycle Ann Arbor further its goals of reducing waste and saving energy, we would love to help put it into action! Suggestions and comments are always welcome. Contact Recycle Ann Arbor at (734) 662-6288 or e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..