Recycling Plant Open Houses

Recycling Plant Open Houses

NOTICE: ANN ARBOR'S MATERIALS RECOVERY FACILITY (MRF) IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED. TOURS AND OPENHOUSES ARE CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

Saturday Open Houses are offered one Saturday morning per month from 10am-Noon, Sept. - June, to give the public a chance to tour the MRF’s recycling operations and to participate in monthly featured craft or activities. Individuals and families can drop in for a 30-60 minute activity and tour of the facility. Groups of 5+ are asked to pre-register by emailing mrftours@ecocenter.org to assure adequate staffing and supplies are on-hand.

Visitors under the age of 6 are not permitted on the floor tour portion of the open house, but are encouraged to join us and participate in additional age-appropriate activities!

Compost Up Close!

Join us Saturday, April 23rd at Ann Arbor's Recycling Facility from 10am-12pm!

Ever wonder how old leaves, banana peels, and apple cores are transformed into soil? Explore the way nature recycles, and how you can compost from backyard to curbside. Visitors will not only get an opportunity to dig into compost and see some of the critters at work, but also get to take home finished compost in their very own (compostable) seedling pots.

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

 

Open House Dates and Themes

Click here for a copy of the 2015-2016 Open House brochure schedule!

September – Saturday, September 12th

Back to School – The Waste Less Way! Recycled Pencil Holders

Get back into the swing of school by creating pencil holder creatures from old cans and scraps. Join us and explore other ways to reduce, reuse, and recycled during the school year, as well!

October – Saturday, October 24th

Repurpose your Creativity: T-Shirt Bags

Looking for ways to reuse old fabric? Come join us and learn about ways to repurpose old clothing and textiles! Visitors will get the opportunity to create their very own reusable bags from an old t-shirt.

November – Saturday, November 14th

America Recycles Day! Bird Feeders

Celebrate America Recycles Day with us! We will be creating bird feeders from old recycled material and learning about how we can recycle more, beyond the curbside bin. Information will be provided on how to get rid of those tricky or lesser-known recyclables.

December – Saturday, December 12th

A Waste-Less Holiday: Recycled Gift Wraps

Make reducing part of your holiday tradition! Explore use less while still celebrating this joyous time of the year. Visitors will get the opportunity to make gift wrap from repurposed or recycled material.

January – Saturday, January 16th

Tricky Recyclables: Recycled Robots

Come join us in creating robots and creatures using some of those tricky recyclables and scraps, including bottle caps, CD’s, and boxes. Visitors will get the opportunity to look at those tricky recyclables through a creative, robotic lens!

February – Saturday, February 13th

Loving to Recycle: Recycled-paper Valentines

Curious how paper is recycled? Want to show your valentine how much you love them by recycling? Come join us in crafting your very own valentines using old paper!

March – Saturday, March 19th

Worms Eat Our Garbage: Worm Bins + Workshop

Did you know that worms could eat your garbage? Come join us and explore just how those wiggly creatures turn old banana peels, apple cores, and moldy lettuce into rich, organic soil. Visitors will get the opportunity to learn about worms and take a close look inside worm bin. In addition to seeing how worms can recycle our old food waste, visitors will get the opportunity to see how we sort our old recyclables. Those interested in creating a bin can sign-up for the workshop portion of the open house held at 12PM. Cost is $20, and includes all materials needed to start vermicomposting at home! Pre-registration by Wednesday, March 9th is required for the workshop portion of the Open House.

April – Saturday, April 23rd

Compost Up Close!

Ever wonder how old leaves, banana peels, and apple cores are transformed into soil? Explore the way nature recycles, and how you can compost from backyard to curbside. Visitors will not only get an opportunity to dig into compost and see some of the critters at work, but also get to take home finished compost in their very own (compostable) seedling pots.

May – Saturday, May 14th

Save it and use it! Recycled Wind Chimes

Have extra keys, bottle caps, and trinkets you’ve been meaning to do something with? Let your creativity make beautiful, repurposed music and create your own recycled wind chimes! Beyond making wind chimes, we will be looking at other ways to repurpose what others may call junk.

June – Saturday, June 18th

Exploring the Scraps: Summertime Streamers

Cast-offs from manufacturing plants make up a good part of the waste stream. Curious to see how some of those cast-offs can be used? Join us in creating your own summertime streamer from old hot air balloon fabric and learn a bit more about those different kinds of waste.

Parking and Driving Information

Getting to the MRF

The MRF is located at 4150 Platt Road, near East Ellsworth Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48108 at the Wheeler Service Center. Click here for a site map.

Parking at the MRF

Parking can be tight. Cars can park in the lot if there is space available, or they can parallel park along the east (right) side of the road. Click here for a parking map.

Programs are held in the MRF Education Center at the facility. When you arrive, enter the blue door to the left of the scale. From there, take the door to the left upstairs and an educator will be there to greet you.

Additional Reminders

Long pants and closed-toe shoes are required, no high heels. In the winter, the floor tour can be a bit chilly, so please dress appropriately.

Due to safety regulations, children under age 6 may enjoy activities in the classroom only, and are not permitted on the MRF floor when the plant is in operaiton.

Please be aware that we cannot guarantee the plant will be operating during your visit. Rest assured that you will get a full tour of the facility, whether or not the equipment is running.

For more information or to pre-register, contact the MRF Environmental Educator at mrftours@ecocenter.org