Ann Arbor Recycles on America Recycles Day

Ann Arbor Recycles on America Recycles Day

a fun family-friendly event

Saturday, Nov. 14th 10 am to 2:30 pm

America Recycles Day is the only nationally recognized day and coast-to-coast community-driven awareness campaign dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States. It has been held on – and in the weeks leading into – Nov. 15 since 1997. This year celebrate your year-long recycling efforts on Saturday, Nov. 14th with Recycle Ann Arbor and the Ecology Center.

Recycling has deep roots in the Ann Arbor community. The Ecology Center's pioneering recycling efforts in the 1970s led the nation in developing community recycling programs. The Ann Arbor community continues year after year to make the conscientious decision to invest their time and money into reducing, reusing, and recycling. This wise investment helps sustain our environment for future generations by conserving natural resources, preventing the pollution that collecting new raw materials creates, and reducing both the amount of waste in landfills and the amount of greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming.  

Ann Arbor has a lot to celebrate in regards to recycling. Leading Michigan with the highest recovery rate in the state. Michigan’s recycling efforts are far behind the rest of the nation, tracking a mere 15% recovery rate compared to a nationwide average of 34.3%. Ann Arbor’s average recovery rate is around 46% (albeit a difficult number to track down); its recycling systems are a model to follow. To celebrate these just efforts nonprofit community recycler, Recycle Ann Arbor and Ecology Center are organizing a Reduce, Reuse and Recycling event, Ann Arbor Recycles, on Saturday, Nov. 14th. 


Ann Arbor Recycles Schedule:

10:00 am to Noon - Event kicks off at the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF)

    Pick up your Reduce, Reuse, Recycle passport at the MRF (Materials Recovery Facility) on 4150 Platt Road, near East Ellsworth Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48108 at the Wheeler Service Center. Click here for a site map. Tour the MRF (where your recyclables are sorted), have fun creating a bird feeder out of a used plastic bottle and ask recycling questions.


10:30 am to 2 pm - Visit Recycle Ann Arbor ReUse Center

    The two-part tour ends at Recycle Ann Arbor ReUse Center at 2420 S. Industrial Highway, Ann Arbor MI, 48104. Browse the shelves of the ReUse Center, learn all about Urbanwood, donate some unwanted items, and then most importantly, take the reduce pledge and vow to not use plastic or paper bags through the rest of the year, a tall order. To help you follow through on your pledge, you’ll get a free ReUse Center reusable bag for participating. And, helping create a more sustainable world isn’t already enough, you’ll get to peruse the ReUse Center’s vast selection of used books and pick one to take home*.

*Tip: Concerned about further growing your huge book collection at home, try trading in a book instead.

Recyclables piled before sortingRecyclables sorted and baled

Recyclables piled high before being sorted.                                                          Recyclables sorted and baled. 

     Landfill mural at the Materials Recovery Facility by David Zinn                         Plastic bottle repurposed into a bird feeder.