Celebrating America Recycles Day at Ann Arbor's recovery facility

Family-centric events in the works Saturday, Nov. 14

“Learning a bit more about how and why we recycle in our community is a perfect way to celebrate America Recycles Day,” according to MacKenzie Maxwell, environmental educator at the Ecology Center.

Ann Arbor’s Materials Recovery Facility will be hosting a free, behind-the-scenes tour during their monthly open house from 10 a.m.to 12 p.m, Saturday, Nov. 15th, which happens to be America Recycles Day this year.

“Our open houses give individuals the opportunity to explore the recycling process through hands-on activities and crafts and guided tour of the facility,” Maxwell says. “This month, we’re going to help our visitors make bird feeders from discarded plastic bottles. The winter months are a great time to begin attracting birds to backyard feeders, and re-purposed bottles do the job as well as any store-bought feeder.”

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

Groups of five or more should register in advance at mrftours@ecoenter.org.

Open houses are held monthly at the Materials Recovery Facility, 4150 Platt Rd.; the schedule can be found here: http://www.ecocenter.org/weekday-program-information.

For more information, see www.ecocenter.org/education/mrf.

Weekday tours of the facility are also available for groups of 15 or more; contactmrftours@ecocenter.org or 734-663-9474 for more information.

For more information, contact: MacKenzie Maxwell, mackenzie@ecocenter.org

Published on October 31, 2014