Behind the scenes look at where your milk jugs and cereal boxes end up

Open house at Ann Arbor's recycling plant offers free tours Oct. 25, 2014

Ever wonder what happens to your empty milk jugs and cereal boxes after the truck empties the big blue bin at your curb each week?

MRF tourYou can find out during a free, behind the scenes tour during an open house at Ann Arbor’s Materials Recovery Facility from 10 12 p.m, Saturday, Oct. 25. 2014

“The tour will give a general introduction to recycling in Ann Arbor and include a guided tour of the recycling plant,” according to MacKenzie Maxwell, environmental educator at the Ecology Center who coordinates the program. “Visitors also will be able to participate in a hands-on recycling activity by making a repurposed bag from an old t-shirt.”

Long pants and closed-toed shoes are required for touring the facility. Children under 6 are not allowed on the floor tour, but additional age-appropriate activities will be available for them.

Groups of five or more should register in advance at

Open houses are held monthly at the Materials Recovery Facility, 4150 Platt Rd.; the 2014-2015 schedule can be found here:

Weekday tours of the facility are also available for groups of 15 or more; or 734-663-9474. For more information,

Tours are made possible and FREE by the City of Ann Arbor.

For more information, contact environmental educator MacKenzie Maxwell at

Published on October 3, 2014