MRF December open house to offer ideas to reduce your waste this holiday season

What can you do with all that left-over bubble wrap after you’ve worked out your holiday stress by popping the bubbles? Find out how to recycle bubble wrap and other tricky items like Christmas trees, too, at the monthly open house at Ann Arbor’s Materials Recovery Facility Saturday, Dec. 13 from 10 a.m. to noon.

MRF Open house“We’ll also be making recycled gift boxes for visitors to take home,” says MacKenzie Maxwell, the environmental educator at the MRF. Visitors will get the opportunity to see where their recyclables go and explore ways to reduce their impact this holiday season. “Hopefully folks will leave with a better understanding about what happens to their recyclables, and ways to have a less wasteful holiday,” Maxwell says.

Long pants and closed-toed shoes are required for touring the facility. Children under 6 are not allowed on the floor tour, but additional age-appropriate activities will be available for them. Groups of five or more should register in advance at

Open houses are held monthly at the Materials Recovery Facility, 4150 Platt Rd.

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

For more information, contact: MacKenzie Maxwell,

Published on December 4, 2014