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."

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 Station, ReUse Center, and the 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.

 

News

News  |  July 23, 2018
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
2017 has seen unprecedented rollbacks on public health and the environment. Ever wonder what you can do? Here are some concrete ways to create positive impact on climate, as well as other critical environmental health issues in 2018.
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
A group of Michigan lawmakers has proposed new legislation that could impact the health and wellness of students across the state. The seven proposed bills target K-12 public school districts to increase protections for indoor air and water quality, site environmental quality...