Posted by: recycleannarbor | March 31, 2014

Jackson Rd Facility Resumes LIVE Document Shredding (April-Nov)

Recycle Ann Arbor’s Jackson Rd. Facility (formally Calvert’s Roll-Off Containers) at 7891 Jackson Rd. will be once again offering a live secure document shredding service starting for the season on Saturday, April 12th, 2014 (9am-12pm). In 2013, this service was able to divert 35,123 lbs of paper from the landfill.

Allshred Services Truck

Allshred Services Truck

The live shredding service is offered at this facility from April-November, but only occurring on the second Saturday of each month from 9am-12pm when the Allshred Services truck is presentCustomers can expect to pay $4 per grocery bag and $6 per banker’s box for the service. A grocery bag typically holds around 16lbs of paper. If customers do have over twenty boxes to shred, please contact Allshred Services directly at 419-467-2086.

A certificate of destruction is available for those customers who want one.

Customers who may need service during the week and don’t mind utilizing “lock-boxes” (not live document shredding) can choose Recycle Ann Arbor’s Drop-Off Station (2950 E. Ellsworth Rd.) shredding service. There is however a $3 entry fee at this site.

The Jackson Rd. Facility also accepts items such as cardboard, metals, and common household recyclables for drop-off recycling during these events – in addition to during the week. Additionally, they specialize in construction and demolition recycling as well as roll-off container rentals. For a full list of services visit Jackson Rd. Services.

To inquire about Recycle Ann Arbor’s Jackson Rd. services, including roll-off container rentals, please call 734-426-2280 directly. The Jackson Rd. facility is open for recycling drop-off Monday to Friday, 7:30am – 4:00pm, and Saturdays 8:00am to 2:00pm.

 

Posted by: recycleannarbor | February 21, 2014

Earth Day Competition 2014: “Recycled Runway”

RAA ED Comp Logo

Recycle Ann Arbor, in partnership with the Ann Arbor Art Center and Earth Day Festival, will be hosting the 2014 Earth Day Competition: “Recycled Runway” in celebration of Earth Day.

The competition seeks to promote the use of recycled material in creative and artistic ways, while raising environmental and waste awareness among the entrants and those who view the costumes.

All costumes must be made from only recyclable/reusable materials. This can include, but is not limited to: cardboard, aluminum, plastics, paper, steel/tin, Styrofoam, paper bags, glass, and recycled fabric. The use of glue, tape, and paint may be used in small amounts to only enhance the costume. Additionally, footwear and other accessories maybe used, but should be purchased second-hand or made from recycled materials if possible.

“We encourage people just to take a peek in their recycling bin and think creatively about a way to re-purpose some of their recyclables into wearable art” said Christine Chessler-Stull, Outreach & Zero Waste Coordinator. However, local thrift stores or Recycle Ann Arbor’s ReUse Center may also be some good locations to scout out for costume embellishments and ideas.

Final judging and a “showcase runway” will take place at the Earth Day Festival on Sunday, April 27th. Allowing the public to see these finished costumes is an important element of the competition. “If we can get people to be more “waste aware”, think creatively, and have some fun with this competition then we’ve accomplished what we set out to do” said Chessler-Stull. Additionally, the interaction between the entrants and the public about their costume design creates an invaluable opportunity for recycling education.

Costumes will be judged on use of recycled materials, creativity, and overall “look.” Cash prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners within both categories. We encourage adults and children to enter as two judging categories do exist: Youth (ages 17 and under) and Adult (ages 18+).

Those who are interested in entering must pre-register with an entry form found at Recycle Ann Arbor’s Earth Day Competition 2014. The competition is open to all residents or students of Southeast Michigan. The deadline for entry forms is Wednesday, April 16th by 4pm.

For those who want a bit of guidance in making their costume, join us at the Ann Arbor Art Center Costume Creation Workshop on Sat, March 15th 12- 4pm. Register online at The Ann Arbor Art Center for this workshop.

Posted by: recycleannarbor | January 17, 2014

Free* Document Destruction Event at the DOS

Confidential Locked Boxes

Confidential Locked Boxes

On Thursday, January 30th 2014 Recycle Ann Arbor, in conjunction with NPR Recyclers, will be hosting a FREE* secure document destruction day (while lockbox capacity allows) during regular business hours, 8:30am-6:30pm.

Normally, document destruction at the Drop-Off Station (DOS) is $4 per grocery bag or $6 per bankers box, but on January 30th these fees will be waived. A limit of four bankers boxes or six grocery bags per vehicle is being imposed to prevent the lock box capacity being used up by just a few customers with very large quantities.

The service is provided using padlocked boxes, so customers will be able to individually place their documents into the locked boxes. Once full, the boxes will be hauled to NPR recyclers in Romulus, MI. NPR offers full service shredding of old files, purged documents, design work, or other “sensitive” material. Their bonded staff, locking containers, and secure warehouse help to protect the most important data for destruction. NPR provides document destruction for St. Joes and all the William Beaumont locations.

Once all the boxes are full, the service for the day will be discontinued. If you plan to arrive later in the day, we advise calling ahead (734-971-7400) to check the status of lockboxes. Recycling four bankers boxes or six grocery bags offers customers a savings of $24.

NPR Recycling Shredding Service

NPR Recycling Shredding Service

We advise customers to dress warmly if they have a large quantity of documents to place in the lock boxes. Recycle Ann Arbor will assist customers whenever possible, but for security reasons customers cannot leave the site until all their documents are put into the lock boxes.

*Customers who wish to take advantage of this opportunity will still have to pay the $3 entry fee. We encourage customers to bring additional items which can be recycled for free, so as to maximize the value of their visit. Additionally, Recycle Ann Arbor will give everyone participating in the event a voucher that will exempt them from paying the $3.00 entry fee during a February 2014 visit.

With the general entry fee of the day, customers can bring in a wide range of materials at no extra cost including:

  • Plastic #1- #7 (excluding #3)
  • Rigid plastics such and plastic totes and lawn furniture
  • Glass containers
  • Paper, books, and magazines
  • Cardboard
  • Metal items such as microwaves, dishwashers, and bicycles (excludes Freon appliances which have a fee)
  • Up to 3 bags of textiles
  • Styrofoam
  • Plastic Bags
  • Small Household Appliances such as vacuums and coffee makers
  • Automotive and Rechargeable Batteries
  • Motor Oil, Brake Fluid and Transmission Fluid
  • Packing Peanuts
  • CPUs and Laptops

For a full list of materials and details on fees for other recyclable items customers can visit www.recycleannarbor.org

Posted by: recycleannarbor | January 9, 2014

Customer Satisfaction Survey

Curbside Recycling Service

Curbside Recycling Service

Recycle Ann Arbor takes customer service very seriously and we always strive to improve our services. With that, we feel that the best way to continue to succeed is to get feedback from our customer base.

Whether you only know us for curbside recycling or you use one of our divisions- the ReUse Center, Jackson Rd, or the Drop-Off Station (DOS)- we greatly appreciate your support and business.

Please take a moment to complete this customer questionnaire by clicking here. The survey should take only a few minutes of your time.

Surveys completed by Friday, January 24 are appreciated. 

We thank you for your feedback and look forward to the continued growth of Recycle Ann Arbor in 2014.

Posted by: recycleannarbor | December 19, 2013

Recycle Ann Arbor’s Winter Holiday ReUse and Recycling Guide 2013

Be "Waste Aware" this Season.Reducing your environmental impact, while also saving money this holiday season, takes just a few small habit changes. For instance, consider purchasing non-material gifts such as experiences or services. Also, reuse gift bags from past years and try not to over package items. Reduce food waste by purchasing the exact quantities you need.

Even if we are “waste aware” this holiday season, there will inevitably still be some items to dispose of such as gift wrapping paper or old electronics. There are many local options to dispose of these materials (and much more!) once the holidays are over. Even your Christmas tree can be composted!

Recycle Ann Arbor has put together a holiday guide to answer all your local questions regarding reuse and recycling during the holiday season.

Read the 2013 Winter Holiday Reuse & Recycling Guide here. (.pdf)

Happy Holidays & Happy New Year!

Posted by: recycleannarbor | November 25, 2013

Support and Shop Local this Holiday Season

Support Local Businesses this Holiday Season.

Support Local Businesses this Holiday Season.

Recycle Ann Arbor believes in supporting local businesses throughout the year- and the holidays should be no exception! With such a vibrant community of business owners, Ann Arbor has many options to keep your holiday shopping local.

This Saturday, November 30th is “Small Business Saturday”- a day to celebrate, shop, and support the local businesses in town.

We hope you will consider supporting Recycle Ann Arbor’s non-profit divisions that will be open this holiday weekend:

The ReUse Center will be open regular hours (10am-5pm) on Friday, November 29th with 20% off all merchandise. Additionally, the sale will extend into Saturday (10am-5pm) and Sunday (10am-2pm).

The Drop-Off Station (DOS) will be open Saturday, November 30th for all your recycling needs (9am-6pm). Now is the perfect time to clean out your basement before the holiday season. Also, to thank our customers, we will be handing out $3 entry fee exemption vouchers good toward a February 2014 visit.

Consider reuse first this holiday season! Happy Holidays.

Posted by: recycleannarbor | November 5, 2013

America Recycles Day 2013

America Recycles Day 2013.Recycle Ann Arbor will be celebrating “America Recycles Day” by providing the public with a FREE* electronic waste recycling event on Thursday, November 14th (8:30 am – 6:30 pm) at the Drop-Off Station (DOS) located at 2950 E. Ellsworth Road.

Normally, electronic waste recycling at the DOS has a small fee associated with it depending on the type of electronic, such as a television or a printer. All electronic waste is recycled locally through Vintage Tech Recyclers in Canton, MI. “With the quick turn-over of technology today, we want to encourage people to practice good product stewardship, which takes into account the entire lifecycle of the product they are using-including disposal,” said Christine Chessler-Stull, Outreach & Zero Waste Coordinator.

“America Recycles Day” is a national movement started by Keep America Beautiful that happens annually on or around November 15th to promote recycling on a local level through community events. “Recycling is an easy step we all can take to improve our community, conserve natural resources, and create jobs. Through events like this, we aim to educate the public about local recycling efforts and how they can stay involved all year long,” said Chessler-Stull. In that spirit, Amcor Rigid Plastics, a national sponsor of America Recycles Day, will be sending employees from their local division to volunteer throughout the day.

* The $3.00 entry fee will still apply on America Recycles Day. Only electronic recycling fees will be waived. However each customer who stops by will receive a voucher that will exempt them from paying the $3.00 entry fee during a February 2014 visit. Additionally, Domino’s Pizza has generously agreed to provide customers with free pizza at the event (while supplies last).

Customers can maximize the value of the event by also bringing their general recyclables with their electronic waste, in addition to other free items such as household appliances (vacuum cleaners, microwaves, and hairdryers) and metal items (lawnmowers, stoves, and grills). Regular fees still apply for all other chargeable items such as general waste, yard waste, mattresses, tires, and Freon appliances. For a complete list of disposal and service prices, please visit www.recycleannarbor.org

The Drop-Off Station is open Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30am – 6:30pm, and Saturdays 9:00am to 6:00pm. 734-971-7400.

Posted by: recycleannarbor | October 9, 2013

Textile Recycling Service Added at the Drop-Off Station (DOS)

Recycle textiles here!

Recycle textiles here!

The Drop-Off Station (DOS) has spent the summer expanded its recycling services, and has once again extended its recycling services to include textiles as of Thursday, October 10th, 2013.

The Drop-Off Station, located at 2950 E. Ellsworth Road, targets recyclable materials originating from homes and small businesses. It is the largest public drop-off site in Michigan. Customers bring a range of waste types to the site, and Recycle Ann Arbor works to limit the amount of this material sent to landfill. Currently around 50% of the material brought to the DOS is sent for recycling.

This summer has seen a wide range of new services and site improvements at the Ellsworth Road facility including secure document destruction services, mattress recycling and improved signage and driveways.

Customers have often called inquiring about textile recycling programs which, until now, our facility has been unable to provide. Recycle Ann Arbor aims to develop the Drop-Off Station into a “one-stop” location for all customers’ recycling and waste needs. By providing textile recycling, we are moving closer to becoming that location for our community.

To provide customers with a requested service and a convenient system, a textile collection box has been placed at the Drop-Off Station by City Recyclers.

In this box, customers can place:

  • Clothes
  • Curtains
  • Upholstery
  • Bedding
  • Towels
  • Cloth Bags
  • Belts
  • Shoes
  • Soft Toys

All the above items must be bagged and tied before being placed in the container. Bags must only contain textiles.

City Recyclers is a Detroit based business which draws its workforce from the Detroit and Lincoln Park areas. The organization has been around for two years, but already works with Ann Arbor area non-profits such as:

  • Kiwanis
  • Ann Arbor Thrift Store
  • Nu 2 U

City Recyclers sort the collected textiles and good quality items are distributed through local thrift stores. Lower grade textiles are shredded for recycling into new products. As a last option, materials which lack a local market are distributed through South America, Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe.

City Recyclers state that they “….reuse the maximum volume of collected products, fulfilling our responsibility to the environment and Earth. Known for our core values, we are operating in the U.S.A. providing stable employment for many families locally. We pride ourselves on helping others through our recycling programs.”

Customers at the Drop-Off Station can recycle three garbage size bags of textiles for the $3 entry fee they pay when they come in. $2 will be charged for each additional bag over the three bags included in the entry fee. The fee structure is designed to bring a steady flow of textiles to the site as customers start to incorporate textiles into their regular DOS visit.

Recycle Ann Arbor hopes that offering a range of convenient services in one location will increase the ongoing benefits of the Drop-Off Station for customers.

The Drop-Off Station is open Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30am – 6:30pm, and Saturdays 9:00am to 6:00pm.  734-971-7400.

Posted by: recycleannarbor | August 28, 2013

Spending the Summer with Recycle Ann Arbor

My internship at Recycle Ann Arbor for the summer of 2013 has been a great experience.  I have learned about the recycling process in Ann Arbor, helped divert waste from the landfill at the summer Zero Waste events, helped set up local businesses for recycling, as well as met and worked with some wonderful people.

My internship started with a visit to the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF).  This place reminded me of the Mouse Trap game that I would set up and play as a child.  Ann Arbor has single stream recycling; that is sort of what it looks like too, a single stream that forks and empties into collection areas of similar materials.  Materials move along a conveyor belt to be picked up by a magnet, blown to different areas by a puff of air and also sorted by human hands.  The stuff that we recycle gets sorted and hauled away by companies that use these materials to make more goods, such as plastic lumber and carpet.

Chad educates new volunteers at the Mayor's Green Fair

Chad educates new volunteers at the Mayor’s Green Fair

One of the highlights of my summer internship would have to be the Zero Waste events.  I have been completely astonished that these big events have averaged above 90% diversion rates of materials going to the landfill.  For example, the Mayor’s Green Fair in June covered several city blocks in downtown Ann Arbor.  I thought that it would be nearly impossible to have an open section of downtown get on-board with zero waste, but I was wrong.  Recycle Ann Arbor’s Zero Waste volunteers did a great job of interacting and educating the public of our mission.  The residents of Ann Arbor are always up for being green and happily helped us reach a landfill diversion rate of 93%.  The Arbor Brewing Company beer tent at the Mayor’s Green Fair had a landfill diversion rate of 98%; I could not have imagined a big party like that creating so little waste.  Other events like EcoRide and Huron River Day added to my astonishment by repeating similar diversion rates for these big events.

The final project I have been working on for Recycle Ann Arbor has been getting local businesses that are not currently recycling on board with the city’s mandatory recycling ordinance.  We have been reaching out with a letter and follow-up phone call to businesses that are not currently recycling.  From this outreach, we have set-up business assessments to start their recycling service.  A lot of people were surprised to find out recycling is mandatory for businesses in Ann Arbor, but were eager to set up recycling.  It has been enjoyable meeting new people and helping them get equipped to recycle.

The last thing I have to say about my summer internship at Recycle Ann Arbor is the people I have met and worked with have been wonderful.  The volunteers at the Zero Waste events have been so nice and involved in the mission.  The people at Recycle Ann Arbor, the ReUse Center and the Drop-Off Station have been very nice and helpful in my learning experience.  I thought I would be getting coffee and stapling pamphlets, but with this well designed internship I ended up getting a valuable experience instead.  Thank you to everyone I worked with during the summer.

-Chad Rupley attends Eastern Michigan University (EMU) in Ypsilanti, MI. He is majoring in Interdisciplinary Environmental Science & Society and will be graduating December 2013.  He hopes to find a job in the environmental field in Ann Arbor when he graduates.

Posted by: recycleannarbor | August 23, 2013

The Drop-Off Station Introduces Secure Document Shredding

NPR Recycling Shredding Service

NPR Recycling Shredding Service

Recycle Ann Arbor, a national leader in recycling and waste programs, announces that the Drop-Off Station (DOS) is now offering a secure paper shredding service.

The Drop-Off Station, located at 2950 E. Ellsworth Road, targets recyclable materials originating from homes and small businesses. It is the largest public drop-off site in Michigan. Customers bring a range of waste types to the site, and Recycle Ann Arbor works to limit the amount of this material sent to landfill. Currently around 50% of the material brought to the DOS is sent for recycling.

Customers at the facility have often asked if a document shredding service could be provided on site. Recycle Ann Arbor’s Drop-Off Station currently provides a hard drive shredding service but due to limited space has been unable to introduce paper shredding with a shredding truck. To provide customers with a requested service and a convenient system, effective September 1st, Recycle Ann Arbor is launching a document shredding service which utilizes lock boxes. 

The shredding service will cost $4 per grocery bag and $6 per banker’s box. A grocery bag typically holds around 16lbs of paper, the equivalent price per pound is 25 cents. A similar service at a local office supply retailer is 79 cents per pound. Customers using the service will still be subject to the $3 entry fee, but can maximize their visit by bringing other materials for recycling. Metal items, plastics, paper, glass containers, automotive oil and cardboard are all included in the $3 entry fee. However, even when including the $3 entry fee, one full bag of documents is only equivalent to 44 cents per pound!

When customers arrive at the Drop-Off Station they should stop at the gatehouse and pay the appropriate fee. They will be directed into the barn area and a staff member will accompany them to the lock box location. The customer will be asked to show their receipt and will then be able to place their paperwork into a secure lock box.

Once the lockbox is full it will be transported a short distance to NPR Recycling in Romulus, MI where the documents will be shredded on site. NPR offers full service shredding of old files, purged documents, design work, or other “sensitive” material. Their bonded staff, locking containers, and secure warehouse help to protect the most important data for destruction. NPR provides document destruction for St. Joes and all the William Beaumont locations.

Recycle Ann Arbor hopes that offering a range of convenient services in one location will increase the benefits of the Drop-Off Station for customers.

Recycle Ann Arbor’s Jackson Rd facility formally ‘Calvert’s’ (7891 Jackson Rd.) conducts a live shredding event every second Saturday of the month (April – November) and does not charge the $3 entry fee. Customers wishing to see their documents destroyed live can attend these events.

To inquire about Recycle Ann Arbor’s Jackson Rd. services, contact Don Staebler at 734-426-2280. The Jackson Rd. facility is open Monday to Friday, 7:30am to 4:00pm, and Saturdays 8:00am to 2:00pm.

For additional information about the Drop-Off Station, contact Becky Andrews, Drop-Off Station Manager at becky@recycleannarbor.org

The Drop-Off Station is open Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30am – 6:30pm, and Saturdays 9:00am to 6:00pm.  734-971-7400.

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