Saturday Recycling Crafts are offered one Saturday morning per month from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, September through June. Individuals and families can drop in for a FREE 30 to 60-minute activity. Pre-registration is encouraged, especially for groups of 5+. Please pre-register by emailing to assure adequate staffing and supplies are on-hand.

Events will generally be held at the Ann Arbor District Library (AADL) Westgate Branch. The AADL Westgate Branch is located at 2503 Jackson Ave, Ann Arbor, MI. The library is located in the Westgate Shopping Center, additional parking behind the building.

2018-2019 school year events will be announced soon. See below for a sampling of last year's activities.


Recycling Craft Events 2017-2018

Reducing Waste with Reusable Sandwich Bags

Illustrate what you love about reduce, reuse, recycle on your own reusable sandwich bag.

Recycled Papermaking & Making Masks

Create your own beautiful, spooky, or silly recycled paper mask.

Glass Recycling & Table Tiles

Add sparkle to your holiday table with your own mosaic tile created with clay, glass, beads, buttons, and shells.

Recycled Gift Giving & Decorations

Create light bulb trinkets and decorative packaging out of common household items.

Plastics Recycling & Looking Out for Nature

Transform plastic containers into winter feeders and shelters for backyard wildlife, and use alternatives to plastic to create compostable ones.

Metal Recylcing & Making Music

Brighten dark winter days with a bit of music by designing your own instrument with reused and recycled materials.

Plastic Bag Pollution & Recycled T-Shirt Bags

Bring your favorite old t-shirt or select from our colorful collection, and we will help you create your very own reusable bag to replace plastic bag waste.

Compost Up Close & Planting Pots

Take home your own handcrafted compostable pot and native plant seedling. We will share recipes for generating rich compost and give you the opportunity to observe some of nature's recyclers up close.

E-Waste Explored & Recycled Robots

Mixed material items like e-waste cannot be put in your curbside cart, but how we handle e-waste has a big impact on our environment. Use those items that do not belong in your recycling cart to create recycled robots.

Summer Celebrations Without Styrofoam

Join us for a party demonstrating alternative ways you can celebrate by using recycled or reusable items. Use compostable materials to create decorations that you can take home for your next summer celebration.

Published on September 19, 2017


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This September, two Ecology Center staff members are taking to the streets—and trails—in the fight to end toxic pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the Detroit trash incinerator. They’re driven by a simple conviction: everyone deserves to breathe clean air.
News  |  June 27, 2018
Summer’s here and so is the stench of piled up garbage waiting to be burned at the Detroit Renewable Power incinerator. The Ecology Center’s Detroit office is less than two miles away from the incinerator. Last week the wind carried the putrid smells right up to the front door.
News  |  May 30, 2018
On May 18, Breathe Free Detroit activists gathered at the Spirit of Detroit statue to release an extensive research report on the Detroit trash incinerator and to deliver a petition signed by 15,000 people to Mayor Mike Duggan.
News  |  December 21, 2017
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Students learning about Solar Panels
Press Release  |  November 29, 2017
Announcing the My Solar School Contest, where students drive innovation and leadership in solar investments at Michigan schools.
News  |  September 27, 2017
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