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  |  March 19, 2020
As we adjust to life during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are all taking urgent steps to protect our health, the health of the people we love, and the health of people most vulnerable.  The rapid spread of the virus is forcing changes to our day-to-day lives at breakneck speed.
News  |  February 16, 2020
Residents fought to keep the plant from opening, and then to shut it down, for thirty years. As a health hazard and noxious neighbor, the incinerator drew protest from citizens, environmental coalitions, and Canadian leaders across the river since planning began in the mid 1970s
News  |  June 27, 2019
For 33 years, the Detroit trash incinerator was among the worst examples of environmental injustice & environmental racism in the City of Detroit. For decades, Detroiters breathed burned trash, most of which came from mostly whiter, wealthier communities– Closed now after 33 yrs.
News  |  May 30, 2019
Launched in 2016, Recycle Ann Arbor’s searchable A to Z Recycling Guide catalogues the best local disposal answers for hundreds of items, from aerosol cans and artificial Christmas trees to vegetable oil and wire hangers.
News  |  April 30, 2019
As organizers and advocates of the Breathe Free Detroit campaign along with earlier campaigns, Ecology Center staff have been fighting for the closure of the Detroit trash incinerator for many years.  You may be wondering why it's closed now after so many years.
News  |  April 30, 2019
It is our responsibility to step up our game. Ugh, I know...we are all doing the best we can in so many areas of our lives. But, wherever you are in your consumption of plastic, you can do better. We must all do better.