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. Events indicated with a star (*) will be held at the Ann Arbor District Library (AADL) Pittsfield ​​​​​​Branch located at 2359 Oak Valley Dr, Ann Arbor, MI.

Recycling Craft Events 2018-2019

Sept. 29th - Reducing Waste with Reusable Sandwich Bags

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

Oct. 20th - Recycled Lantern Light for a Spooky Night*

Add a little light to your night by creating your own beautiful, spooky, or silly, recycled-glass lantern.

Nov. 17th - Plastic Bag Pollution & Recycled T-Shirt Bags*

Replace those plastic bags with reusable 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.

Dec. 8th - Recycled Gift Giving & Tile Decorations

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

Jan. 19th - Making Mini Musical Mechanisms

Brighten the dark winter days with a bit of music by designing your own mini musical instruments with different materials that can be reused and recycled.

Feb. 9th - Making Paper & Recycled Hearts* 

Spend time with someone you love and learn how recycled paper is made. Use recycled paper to create a lovely Valentine's card for someone special in your life. 

Mar. 9th - 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!

Apr. 13th - 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.

May 4th - Magnetic Metal Mother's Day Gifts

Come learn how metals are recycled and sorted at the MRF, and create a recycled gift that your mother will surely think is totally metal! Create an awesome gift for your mom using magnets. 

June 1st - 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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