The Plastic Pollution Solution is a pilot program of Recycle Ann Arbor in partnership with the Washtenaw County Food Policy Council that launched on July 3rd, 2018– International Plastic Bag Free Day.
The Plastic Pollution Solution is a campaign aimed at:
- Educating the community about the issue of single use plastic bags and wrap
- Encouraging the reduction and reuse of these materials
- Facilitating a convenient collection system for recyclable plastic bags and other plastic wraps in the community.
Recycle Ann Arbor is facilitating the development of a diverse network of drop off locations collecting plastic bags, plastic wrap, and other soft film plastics to ensure that they are recycled properly and do not end up in the landfill or worse, as pollution in our waterways.
Currently, you can drop off your soft plastics at Zingerman's Deli at 422 Detroit St. Ann Arbor, MI. Look for the green bins (see image below) located on the porch near the bike parking.
Zion Lutheran Church and Rudolf Steiner School are also participating in the pilot program as non-public collection locations that serve their congregations, students, and teachers. The program seeks to expand across the Ann Arbor Area in early 2019.
Recycle Ann Arbor's Drop Off Station currently receives 1,000 lbs of soft plastics each month. Through establishing a network of convenient drop off locations at area businesses, churches, libraries, and schools Recycle Ann Arbor hopes to increase the amount of soft plastic collected by double or triple.
Plastic bags and plastic wrap pose a serious problem within our curbside recycling collection, creating contamination and damaging the recycling sorting equipment.
In a changing Recycling industry landscape that faces mounting obstacles, having clean, uncontaminated recyclables are crucial to future success. By focusing on proper recycling of soft plastics, we hope to decrease the level of soft plastic contamination that we are currently seeing in our curbside collection program.
In addition to contaminating the recyclables collected curbside, soft plastics often pollute our waterways, our soil, our streets, and outdoor spaces.
Pilot Program Details
Where: Zingerman's Deli - 422 Detroit St., Look for the Green Bin on the bike parking porch.
When: Pilot Program is running through Dec. 2018.
What: Soft Plastics: plastic grocery store bags, plastic film overwrap, sandwich bags, plastic film, and bubble wrap. All plastic must be clean and dry and free of food residue.
Why: Remember to reduce your plastic use whenever possible, and when plastic use is unpreventable recycle it properly. Keep it out of the landfill and from becoming pollution.
If you are interested in becoming a drop off collection location within the Plastic Pollution Solution network, fill out this form.