Our Work in the Community

We have deep roots in the Ann Arbor community having first begun collecting recyclables over 30 years ago in 1977. The early years were a true grassroots program: just a truck and some concerned Ann Arbor citizens with the initiative to make a difference. This is our community and we give back by the service we provide, the partnerships we create, and the programs we support.

Together we can make a difference.

Our Community Programs

Change Round-Up

Visit the ReUse Center to Donate. Each quarter we collect donations for a different charity. Currently, we are collecting donations for the Syrian American Rescue Network (SARN). 

SARN’s mission is to provide humanitarian and economic support to Syrian refugees as they reach self-sufficiency in Michigan. To accommodate the growing number of Syrian refugees coming to our area, SARN has now expanded into Washtenaw County, providing English as a Second Language training, tutoring, cultural mentoring, mental health support, job placement, social events and networking and support among fellow refugees.  

Past Recipients of Change Round Up


Recycle Ann Arbor in the News


Issues of the Environment: Tips For Reducing Holiday Waste, Radio: WEMU 89.1

Ann Arbor, MI Weighs Proposals From 3 Companies to Operate MRF, Online News: WasteDive

Holiday Recycling & ReUse Video Guide with Environmental Elf. TV: Ann Arbor's Community Television Network (CTN)

Recyclers Are Ready to Dispose of Campaign Yard Signs. Online News: WasteDive

Recycling Rift: the Bitter Break-Up at the MRF. Print News: Ann Arbor Observer

Issues of the Environment: Recycling Improving in Washtenaw County Schools. Radio: WEMU 89.1

The State Wants Your Ideas: How Can We Change Our Trash-Tossing Ways? Radio: Michigan Radio NPR Stateside

Pilot Program in Dearborn Public Schools Focuses on Community Recycling Improvement. Online News: Press & Guide Southgate, MI

Recycle Ann Arbor ReUse Center Celebrates 20th Anniversary. Online News: MLive, Ann Arbor News