Recycling Plant Open Houses

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 mrftours@ecocenter.org to assure adequate staffing and supplies are on-hand.

Glass Recycling & Table Tiles

Join us Saturday, Nov. 19th at W.R. Wheeler Center, 4252 Stone School Rd. from 10am-12pm!

Glass poses some of the greatest challenges for recycling. Explore models of the machines that help us sort recyclables at a MRF, and learn creative ways that your family can reuse glass items in your home. November’s craft: Add sparkle to your Thanksgiving table with your own mosaic tile or hotplate, created from found art, glass beads, and buttons.

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

 

Recycling Craft Dates and Themes

November – Saturday, November 19th

Glass Recycling & Table Tiles 

Glass poses some of the greatest challenges for recycling. Explore models of the machines that help us sort recyclables at a MRF, and learn creative ways that your family can reuse glass items in your home. November’s craft: Add sparkle to your Thanksgiving table with your own mosaic tile or hotplate, created from found art, glass beads, and buttons.

December – Saturday, December 17th

A Waste-Less Holiday: Recycled Gift Giving with Boxes & Bows 

During this holiday season, rethink gift giving and the types of packaging used around gift-wrapping. Learn what types of packaging can be recycled and how to make recycling a part of every celebration. December’s craft: Practice techniques to transform everyday household items into decorative boxes, bows, and wrappings.

January – Saturday, January 21st

Plastics Recycling & Looking out for Nature 

We rely on plastics for so many things, but not all plastics are equal.  Join us to learn about different plastics, why and how they are separated at the MRF, and let your kids try their hand at hand sorting on our portable conveyor belt.  January’s Craft: Transform plastic containers into winter feeders and shelters for backyard wildlife, and use alternatives to plastic to create compostable ones!

February – Saturday, February 18th

Metal Recycling & Making Music 

Metals are considered the most valuable recyclable, but not every metal item can be collected in your curbside cart. We will be highlighting the ins and outs of metal recycling at this month’s event. February’s Craft: Brighten the dark winter days with a bit of music by designing your own instrument with reused and recycled materials.

March – Saturday, March 4th

Plastic Bag Pollution & Recycled T-shirt Bags

In March, join us to learn more about the challenges that plastic bags pose for a MRF.  March’s craft: Replace those plastic bags with reusable t-shirt bags.  Bring your favorite old t-shirt or select from our colorful collection, and we will walk you through the steps to make your very own bag.

April – Saturday, April 8th

Compost Up Close & Planting Pots 

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.

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