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 cannot be reused it should be taken to the Drop-Off Station. 

Electronics: Many replaced, working electronics can be donated to the ReUse Center. Items that cannot be reused can be taken to the Drop-Off Station or Recovery Yard. 

Cardboard: Reuse cardboard as often as possible before placing in your curbside bin. If you have a quantity too large for the cart it can be taken to the Drop-Off Station or the Recovery Yard. 

Paper Gift Bags: Keep for reuse. If they're not suitable for reuse they can be placed in your curbside recycling cart. 

Christmas Trees: From Dec. 14th, 2018 to Jan. 31st, 2019, Christmas trees can be taken to the following parks between 6 am and 10 pm: West Park, Gallup Park, Olson Park & Southeast Area Park. More info at PLEASE NOTE: The Drop-Off Station is NOT the location for Christmas tree drop-off as it has been in the past. 

Artificial Christmas Trees: Please donate artificial Christmas trees that are in usable condition to the Reuse Center. Artificial Christmas trees made of plastic and metal can be recycled at the Drop Off Station. Please note: if your artificial tree is composed of too many materials or has wooden elements, it cannot be recycled. 

Food Waste: Unopened non-perishable items can be donated to Food Gatherers. Compost items at home - see the City of Ann Arbor's Composting Guide

Plastic Bags: Reuse for as long as possible. Larger quantities can be taken to the Drop-Off Station and area grocery stores such as Kroger and Meijer. 

Greeting Cards: Reuse cards in craft projects or donate the front page to the Scrapbox on State Circle in Ann Arbor. The back page can be placed in your curbside recycling cart for recycling. Note: Cards with foil or metallic features can't be recycled curbside. 

Replaced Items: Including sporting goods, books, and electronics. Donate any usable items to the ReUse Center. Items that can't be reused can be taken to the Drop-Off Station or Recovery Yard. 

Styrofoam Packaging: Can be taken to the Drop-Off Station. 

Textiles: Reusable, good textiles can go to one of the Ann Arbor's many thrift stores. Torn or stained textiles can be taken to the Drop-Off Station. 

Wrapping Paper: Save quality paper for reuse. Torn, crumbled wrapping paper can be placed in the curbside recycling bin. Foil or metallic paper can NOT be recycled and should be reused. You can also wrap your gifts in reusable fabric. Check out for ideas. 

Christmas Lights: Try to fix them first. If they cannot be fixed, the Drop-Off Station and Recovery Yard will accept them. 

Be Waste Aware this Season

Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle this Holiday: Reducing your impact on the environment while saving money this season only takes a few changes to habits. 

Non-Material Gifts: Give experiential gifts like vacations or services, like gift certificates for massages & movie tickets. 

Give Handmade Gifts: Use reused and recycled materials whenever possible. 

Shop & Buy Local: It helps to support your local economy. Shopping local and buying locally made items also benefits the environment in that it uses fewer resources and creates less pollution. 

Reduce Food Waste: Shop wisely and plan ahead; buying only what you need in order to minimize food waste. 

Reuse Gift Bags & Wrapping: And, try not to overly package gifts.

Look for Recycled Materials: Buy cards, paper, and gifts made from recycled materials. 

Download the Holiday Guide

The Environmental Elf on How to Recycle and Reuse through the Holidays


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