Recycling Plant Open Houses

NOTICE: Tours at Ann Arbor’s Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) are currently suspended, but please join us instead at the W.R. Wheeler Service Center for the City’s monthly recycling craft and education event, facilitated by Ecology Center Educators. 4251 Stone School Road. Ann Arbor, MI 48108 map

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 to assure adequate staffing and supplies are on-hand.

Compost Up Close & Planting Pots 

Join us Saturday, April 8th at W.R. Wheeler Center, 4252 Stone School Rd. from 10am-12pm!

Nature is excellent at taking care of our organics, especially when given optimal conditions. Join us to learn how Ann Arbor’s compost facility is similar to and different from your backyard compost. We will share recipes for generating rich compost and give you the opportunity to observe some of nature’s smallest recyclers up close. April’s craft: Take home your own handcrafted compostable pot and native plant seedling.

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


Future Recycling Craft Dates and Themes


May – Saturday, May 6th

E-Waste Explored & Recycled Robots

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.

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.

Published on January 15, 2015

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