In July, national recycling industry leader Bryan Ukena took the helm of Recycle Ann Arbor as its new CEO. Ukena comes to Recycle Ann Arbor after serving as Co-President of Minnesota-based Eureka Recycling, the nation’s largest non-profit recycler. His roots in the recycling industry—he prefers to think of it as a movement—go deep, beginning with activism to initiate Arkansas’ first recycling program. In a recent interview on Ann Arbor’s Community Television Network, Ukena reflected on the trajectory of his career, the reduce-reuse-recycle movement, and Ann Arbor’s promising recycling future.

One of the three little pigs might have made his house out of bricks, but he definitely didn't put any of his leftover construction material into the curbside recycling bin. Don't make us into the big, bad wolf by disposing of your construction material in the wrong way! Many types of construction material can be reused or recycled when brought to a proper... read more

Plastic bags and plastic film have unfortunately become synonymous with our societies reliance on items of convenience and single-serve packaging. It’s sometimes hard to say “no plastic bag, please” and even more difficult to avoid plastic film that comes with some of the items we purchase. If you do end up with plastic bags or plastic film lying around, know that... read more

Recycle Ann Arbor is pleased to announce the appointment of Bryan Ukena as its Chief Executive Officer. Ukena has deep roots in the recycling industry, dating back to the late 1980s. Ukena began his recycling career in Arkansas, helping establish the state’s first recycling program in the City of Eureka Springs. He went on to hold leadership positions in Colorado,... read more

By Dan Ezekiel, one of the founders of Recycle Ann Arbor in the early 1970s  article first published by the Ecology Center in 2003  In the spring of 1978, I attended a meeting to organize leafletting for the first pickup by Recycle Ann Arbor, a new organization loosely modeled on... read more

How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? None, because the woodchuck knows that wood doesn’t belong in the curbside recycling bin! Although wood is a natural resource, it has no place in a curbside single-stream recycling system. When properly disposed of, wood can be recycled into products commonly used in gardens and outdoor spaces. Additionally,... read more