Recycling and Zero Waste

We're working to lead a movement toward a Zero Waste society. 

Our role is helping effect a cultural transformation in the way we design, consume, and dispose of products, with a focus on "better, not more."

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In 1970, we developed one of the country's first community-based recycling programs, and today we provide recycling and reuse services through our nonprofit subsidiary, Recycle Ann Arbor (RAA). RAA collects curbside recyclables in Ann Arbor, and runs the Drop-Off StationReUse Center, and Jackson Road Recovery Yard, allowing households and businesses to recycle or reuse their unwanted items.

Today we seek to reduce and eventually eliminate waste from the material economy, so that all products are reused, repurposed, recycled - or not even created in the first place. In this field, our direct services are provided in Ann Arbor and southeast Michigan - and our education and advocacy efforts have a broader scope.

 

Our Zero Waste work includes:

 

News

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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The need to protect the environment has become more imperative with the advancement of technology. Materials that have become common over the past century, such as plastics, are not easily returned to the Earth through natural processes.
January 12, 2017
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Research indicates that environmental education provides beneficial effects for students, especially those students who are at risk or have some form of disability. We provide synopses of the research methods and findings for three studies.
January 12, 2017
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The Michigan Environmental Literacy Plan (MIELP) is a set of guidelines and resources intended to get K-12 students connected with the natural world. MIELP was passed in 2011 with the vision of creating “environmentally literate citizens”.
December 27, 2016
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A material recovery facility is the hub of a community’s recycling program. It can spark regional economic development; provide good local jobs; be a key component in recycling education; and guarantee the environmental benefits of recycling are realized.
September 28, 2016
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The Dearborn Education and Action on Recycling program (DEAR) seeks to use Dearborn's schools as agents of community and environmental change by reducing the amount of contamination in Dearborn's recycling system.

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