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  |  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.
News  |  November 15, 2018
Detroiters Challenge Incinerator Company for Right to Clean Air
News  |  October 30, 2018
The Detroit trash incinerator is still spewing toxic chemicals and harmful particles, so we’re still at work on the Breathe Free Detroit campaign, and it’s been an eventful autumn for campaign activities both in and out of the city.
News  |  September 26, 2018
With a new school year in full swing, the Ecology Center is excited to be back in Michigan’s schools. As a preview of what’s ahead in this year’s jam-packed environmental education calendar, we reflect on some of the accomplishments of the 2017-2018 school year.
News  |  September 10, 2018
Fourteen area public schools were invited to participate in the challenge, and three fifth-grade students from Heritage School in Saline produced an educational video to earn this year’s prize.