Recycle Ann Arbor, a local nonprofit organization committed to waste reduction, will be celebrating “America Recycles Day” on Saturday, November 15th (10:00 am – 2:00 pm) at the ReUse Center located at 2420 S. Industrial Hwy. Ann Arbor, 48104.

America Recycles Day“America Recycles Day” is a national movement started by Keep America Beautiful that happens annually on or around November 15th to promote recycling practices on a local level through community events.

This year, our focus will be on waste awareness and education to the Ann Arbor community. It’s a day to learn about your options for local recycling, reuse, and general waste reduction in your life- all while exploring what our ReUse Center has to offer.

We will have an Outreach table set-up within the store full of information about our organization, volunteer opportunities, and giveaways* (reusable tote bags, stickers, etc). As we continue to build our local communication platform, giveaways will be given out to those who provide an email address to receive our organization E-updates. In the spirit of the day, we will also have a guessing game focused on a jar full of shredded paper that visitors can take a shot at- the winner with the closest weight estimate will be entered into a raffle for a prize.

“Becoming involved in waste reduction activities, including recycling and reuse, 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 and reuse efforts and how they can stay involved all year long,” said Christine Chessler-Stull, Outreach & Zero Waste Coordinator.

Customers can maximize their visit to the ReUse Center on America Recycles Day by bringing in good, reusable items to donate such as building materials (windows, tiles, doors, etc) and household items (couches, dressers, kitchenware, etc). These similar items and much more, are all available for purchase in our 20,000 sq. foot store space.

For a complete list of accepted items for donation at the ReUse Center, please visit www.recycleannarbor.org

The ReUse Center is currently open Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm, and Sundays, 10am-2pm**.
Donation drop-offs stop one hour prior to closing. 734-222-7880.
**Sunday hours and donation days will change the week of December 1st, 2014.

*Event giveaways were made possible in part by a generous donation from Domino’s Pizza for this event.

Posted by: recycleannarbor | October 20, 2014

Changes to ReUse Center Store Hours & Donation Days

Beginning the first week of December 2014, the ReUse Center located at 2420 S. Industrial Hwy. 48104, will make changes to the store hours and donation days.

  • Effective Sunday, December 7, 2014: Store Hours on Sundays will change to 11am-3pm. (Previously, Sunday hours were 10am-2pm).
    • Monday-Saturday store hours will stay the same at 10am-5pm.
  • Effective the first week of December 2014: No donations will be accepted on Wednesdays.
    • Donations will still be accepted on Mon, Tues, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (10am-4pm) and Sundays (11am-2pm).

Once these changes go into effect they will continue until otherwise noted.

“These small operational changes, especially to donation days, will allow customers to have a more pleasant shopping experience, as they will allow our staff one full day to focus their time on organization and store clean-up,” said Jack Middlebrook, ReUse Center Manager.

Customers can maximize their visit to the ReUse Center by bringing in good, reusable items to donate such as building materials (windows, tiles, doors, etc) and household items (couches, dressers, kitchenware, etc). These similar items and much more, are all available for purchase in our 20,000 sq. foot store space.

For a complete list of accepted items for donation and purchase at the ReUse Center, please visit www.recycleannarbor.org. 734-222-7880.

We announced on June 9th, 2014 that we would expand operation days to include Mondays (8:30am-1:30pm) for summer 2014 – initially scheduled to end on Monday, August 25th.

Due to positive customer feedback and use, the Drop-Off Station (DOS) located at 2950 E. Ellsworth Rd., will extend its Monday operation days through Mon, September 29th, 2014.

“We initially were only going to be open on Mondays until right before Labor Day, but given all the customer interest we decided to stretch it into the early fall” said Becky Andrews, DOS Manager. She went on to say, “Many new customers have taken advantage of our Monday hours because it gives them a chance to learn the lay-out of the site when it’s a bit quieter. If customers can choose to come on a weekday, they can often avoid the lines that a typical Saturday generates.”

Recycle Ann Arbor strives to continually increase customer satisfaction and we take customer feedback seriously. During recent on-site surveys, customers specified that Monday was the preferred additional day they would like to see the DOS open.

The Drop-Off Station 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.

With payment of the general entry fee ($3.00), customers can bring in a wide range of materials 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

Other items such as televisions, car tires, and mattresses are accepted for additional fees. For a full list of materials and details on fees please visit www.recycleannarbor.org

In addition to being open on Mondays (8:30am -1:30pm) through 9/29/14, the Drop-Off Station is regularly open Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30am – 6:30pm, and Saturdays 9:00am to 6:00pm.  734-971-7400.

Posted by: recycleannarbor | July 15, 2014

Recycling Introduced into 14 City Parks: Summer 2014

Choose to use the blue bin!

Choose to use the blue bin!

In many public spaces nationally, such as parks, there typically aren’t enough options to effectively recycle. Studies have shown that if recycling receptacles aren’t present, the majority of people won’t hold on to their plastic water bottle until they get home to recycle it- which leads to unnecessary items being land filled.

To meet this need, Recycle Ann Arbor has partnered with the City of Ann Arbor’s Solid Waste Division and the City of Ann Arbor’s Parks & Recreation Department to make recycling in the parks happen! A section of the City of Ann Arbor’s Solid Waste Resource Plan (2013-2017) focuses on increasing “public space recycling” options, which also includes City parks and nature areas.

As of July 2014, we have introduced recycling options for the Ann Arbor community and park users at 14 pilot parks:

Recycling in the parks is just like recycling at your own home- glass, metal, plastic bottles & tubs (#1, #2, #4-7) and paper can all go into the single-stream sorting bins. As a reminder, no food waste, Styrofoam, plastic bags or dog waste should go into recycling bins though.

Pilot parks were chosen based on the frequency of park users, with special consideration taken into areas with team sport fields, such as baseball and soccer. A pre-pilot waste review was also done and it was noted that considerable recyclable material was present in all the pilot park trash cans, further solidifying the need for recycling.

For more information about recycling in the parks, please contact info@recycleannarbor.org or 734.662.6288 ext. 119.

Posted by: recycleannarbor | July 7, 2014

New Drop-Off Station (DOS) Service: Cooking Oil Collection

Starting on 07/08/14, the Drop-Off Station (DOS) located at 2950 E. Ellsworth Road, will accept plant-based cooking oil for recycling.

The DOS constantly strives to expand the recycling services it offers to customers- specifically trying to implement those services that customers ask for. Customers often brought cooking oil to the DOS for recycling and then were disappointed to find that it was not accepted on-site. To address this, Recycle Ann Arbor has introduced a collection point in the barn. The collection service and processing will be through Thumb BioEnergy LLC, a local company based in Sandusky, MI.

Included with the $3 entry fee, customers can bring up to 5 gallons of cooking oil to the DOS. Customers with more than 5 gallons must pay an additional $0.25 per gallon for each gallon over 5 gallons.

Types of Oil Accepted: Plant-based oils such as vegetable, sesame, peanut, canola, olive, etc. NO ANIMAL-BASED OILS OR FATS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Oils must NOT be mixed with water or meat fats.

Preparing the Oil: Customers should take care to bring the oil to the DOS in a strong sealed container with a tight fitting lid. We encourage customers to use small containers (5 gallons or less) if possible. No barrels or drums will be accepted for collection due to space. If re-purposing a juice container or detergent container it should be thoroughly washed out before filling with the oil.

Placement/Collection Point: A tray has been placed in the barn behind the existing motor oil collection tray. All cooking oil containers should be placed inside the tray to avoid spills. Staff members will be around for assistance if unsure of collection point.

Recycle Ann Arbor reserves the right to refuse any oil deemed unacceptable or in an unsuitable container. Customers are urged to call ahead with any questions about proper protocol and collection so their on-site visit goes as smoothly as possible.

The Drop-Off Station is regularly open Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30am – 6:30pm, and Saturdays 9:00am – 6:00pm. For the summer, the DOS will also be open on Mondays, 8:30am-1:30pm through August 25th. 734-971-7400. Many items can be recycled at the DOS with the $3 entry fee or for additional fees. A full listing can be found at: www.recycleannarbor.org

 

Posted by: recycleannarbor | June 18, 2014

The Urbanwood Project to Host Sawmill Day on Sat, June 21st

Sawmill in action!

Sawmill in action!

The Urbanwood Project and Recycle Ann Arbor (RAA) are hosting their Fourth Annual Sawmill Day on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at RAA’s ReUse Center (2420 S. Industrial Hwy., Ann Arbor) from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Visitors to the event will have the chance to meet the sawyers, see a portable sawmill in action, and learn more about how discarded trees can become valuable products. This family-friendly event is free, open to the public, and showcases the newly-redesigned and restocked Urbanwood Marketplace at the ReUse Center.

The Urbanwood Project is made up of family-owned businesses that salvage logs from dead, dying, and removed trees in local neighborhoods. These businesses also partner with RAA and two other nonprofit resale organizations to sell lumber, slabs, and other wood products, with a portion of all sales benefitting the nonprofit partners. The Sawmill Day event will give a behind-the-scenes view into this creative recycling effort with logs provided by Ann Arbor’s own Lumberjacks Tree Service and hourly demonstrations of a Wood-Mizer portable sawmill from Tervol’s Wood Products. Other Urbanwood partners, including Raven Farm Recycled Woodworks, Scotty’s Custom Sawing and Millwork, and Dan Erickson Sawmill and Woodworking Services, will be on hand to answer questions and introduce visitors to RAA’s Urbanwood Marketplace.

A 2007 study from Michigan State University’s Department of Forestry showed that logs recovered from southeastern Michigan’s communities could produce enough lumber to build 5,600 homes each year. Instead, most of these logs become mulch or firewood. As an alternative, the Urbanwood Project has become a national model for how businesses, communities, and organizations can work together to reclaim urban wood for higher-value uses. Its work has been featured at national and international conferences as an example of best practices for responding to invasive species like the emerald ash borer.

The Urbanwood Project began in 2005 as part of RAA and the Southeast Michigan Resource Conservation and Development Council’s efforts to help communities affected by the emerald ash borer. The Urbanwood Project now has three retail marketplaces: Recycle Ann Arbor’s ReUse Center, the Genesee County Habitat for Humanity ReStore, and Habitat for Humanity Lansing’s Haslett ReStore.

Posted by: recycleannarbor | June 2, 2014

Drop-Off Station (DOS) Expands Summer 2014 Hours

The Drop-Off Station (DOS) will expand its operation days to also be open on Mondays, 8:30am-1:30pm. This additional operation day will begin on Monday, June 9th and go through Monday, August 25th to better accommodate our customers this summer.

DOS Customers Recycling Plastic Bags

DOS Customers Recycling Plastic Bags

Recycle Ann Arbor strives to continually increase customer satisfaction and we take customer feedback seriously. During recent on-site surveys, customers specified that Monday was the preferred additional day they would like to see the DOS open. To provide customers with a requested service and an additional opportunity to recycle, we have chosen to open for half-a-day (8:30am-1:30pm) on Mondays this summer.

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.

With payment of the general entry fee ($3.00), customers can bring in a wide range of materials 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

Other items such as televisions, car tires, and mattresses are accepted for additional fees. For a full list of materials and details on fees please visit the Drop-Off Station Section on www.recycleannarbor.org

In addition to being open on Mondays (8:30am -1:30pm) this summer, the Drop-Off Station is regularly open Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30am – 6:30pm, and Saturdays 9:00am to 6:00pm. 734-971-7400

 

Posted by: recycleannarbor | May 2, 2014

The 2014 “Recycled Runway” Winners Are…

Recycle Ann Arbor would like to thank all of the contestants who created and entered their costumes in the 2014 Earth Day “Recycled Runway” Competition. The purpose of the competition was to promote the use of recycled materials in creative and artistic ways, while raising environmental and waste awareness among the entrants and those who viewed the costumes. All costumers were to be made from only recyclable/reusable materials.

Recycled Runway Competition Winners

Recycled Runway Competition Winners

The showcase and competition of these costume creations took place at the Ann Arbor Earth Day Festival on Sunday, April 27th at 1pm. Each contestant did a little runway “strut” to show off their entire costume to the engaged audience. In addition, we gave each contestant some time to explain their creations including answering questions such as, “Who helped you create your costume?” and “Why is Earth Day important to you?”

After the final runway lap, it was time for the judging! The winners were determined by audience applause and within each category- adult and youth. It is with great excitement, that we announce the winners of the competition:

Adult Category

1st place: Brooke Sparling; costume creation: recycled fabric and wings fashioned from metal wire screening

 Youth Category

1st place: Angelina Smith; costume creation: water bottle skirt and plastic/trash bag top

2nd place: Mairead Seyfarth; costume creation: Target plastic bag top and trash/plastic bag skirt and shawl

Photos of the entire competition showcase at the Earth Day Festival can be viewed on our Facebook album.

We are already looking forward to the 2015 Earth Day Competition- stay in touch with us until then!

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.

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