Recycling Education Events

NOTICE: Tours at Ann Arbor’s Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) are currently suspended.

Saturday Recycling Crafts are offered one Saturday morning per month from 10am-Noon, Sept. - June. Individuals and families can drop in for a 30-60 minute activity.  Groups of 5+ are asked to pre-register by emailing mrftours@ecocenter.org to assure adequate staffing and supplies are on-hand.

 

Recycling Robots

Join us Saturday, May 6th at W.R. Wheeler Center, 4252 Stone School Rd. from 10am-12pm!

The MRF cannot sort a cell phone! Mixed material items like e-waste should not be put in your curbside cart, but how we handle e-waste has a big impact on our environment.  Join us for a discussion about the recovery value and pollution risks associated with e-waste, and learn about local options for safely recycling your electronics. May’s craft: Use those items that do not belong in your recycling cart to create recycled robots.

Groups can pre-register for our open house by e-mailing mrftours@ecocenter.org or calling 734.369.9272.

 

Future Recycling Craft Dates and Themes

June – Saturday, June 3rd

Summer Celebrations without Styrofoam

Outdoor eating is a common summer pastime. Styrofoam coolers, paper plates, and plastic forks – which of these items can be recycled in your curbside cart? None! Instead of resigning yourself to a trash-filled summer, join us for a party demonstrating alternative ways you can celebrate by using recycled or reusable items. June’s craft:  Use compostable materials to create decorations that you can take home for your next summer celebration.

 

General Information

NOTICE: Tours at Ann Arbor’s Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) are currently suspended.

Interested groups of 15+ may schedule a FREE weekday tour during our normal business hours, 8am-5pm, September through June.

Weekday tours can be arranged for school field trips, scout groups, green clubs, college groups, organizations and more! See our programs below for more information.

 

Types of Programs

We encourage learners of all ages and interest levels to visit the Materials Recovery Facility and offer a variety of programs to do so. 

Our standard program is about 75 minutes long, includes a brief introduction to recycling, a short video, recycling craft or activity, various hands-on activity stations and tour of the facility. This is ideal for elementary-high school-age students, homeschool groups, and scout groups. 

Our college and adult programs last from 75-120 minutes long and focus on solid waste management in Ann Arbor as a whole, looking at not only recycling but landfilling and composting.

Our preschool program is from 45-60 minutes in length and introduces younger learners to recycling through a story, hands-on recycling sorting game, songs, and a paper-making activity. Visitors under the age of 6 are not permitted on the floor when the plant is in operation, so does not include a floor tour of the facility. Rest assured, these young ones still get to gear up and pretend they are on the facility floor.

Published on March 23, 2017

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February 27, 2017
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On Thursday, February 23, the Ann Arbor Environmental Commission unanimously endorsed the Recycle Ann Arbor / Rumpke proposal to process City recyclables until the City’s materials recovery facility (MRF) is back up and running.
January 12, 2017
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January 12, 2017
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