Drop-Off Station
Drop-Off Station

Drop-Off Station


The Drop-Off Station is your one-stop location for all your recycling and safe waste disposal needs, an environmentally preferable alternative to landfilling or illegal dumping. Serving residents and businesses located in Washtenaw County and beyond, the Drop-Off Station provides convenient and accessible recycling services for hard-to-recycle materials such as electronics (e-waste), textiles, plastic bags, freon appliances, lightbulbs, batteries, tires, and expanded recycling for single-stream and metal.

Operated by Recycle Ann Arbor, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, the Drop-Off Station is almost entirely supported by the fees paid by site users to maintain the services provided. The Drop-Off Station does not receive any funding from local government. We appreciate your support!

All customers using the waste and recycling services at the Drop-Off Station are required to pay the gate fee; additional fees on materials will apply depending upon the services being used. See the price list for full details.

SEASONAL NOTICE: During the winter season, the following items cannot be accepted after 5:00 pm due to lighting and safety concerns:

  • Scrap metal
  • General waste
  • Bulky waste
  • Furniture
  • Yard waste
  • Concrete

Staff are unable to unload materials from vehicles. If you are in need of assistance to unload your materials, please come prepared. 

Drop-Off Station Gate Fees 

We provide different payment options based on how often you use our service. For occasional users, we offer one-day rates where you pay the gate fee just once per day. However, if you are a regular and frequent customer, we recommend purchasing either a ten-visit punch pass or an annual pass. Please note that these passes only cover the gate fee; additional fees may apply depending on the materials you have, and these fees must be paid at the gatehouse before entry. The annual pass gives customers a 5% discount on their general waste fees throughout the year. Credit Card transactions only. No cash or checks.

Per Day - Standard: $3
Per Day - 
Large Vehicle: $15
10-visit Punch Pass -
Standard: $25.00
10-visit Punch Pass - 
Large Vehicle: $110.00
Annual Pass - 
Standard: $100.00
Annual Pass - 
Large Vehicle: $190.00
Large vehicle is defined as a small box truck and up, a fully loaded truck, or trailer. RAA reserves the right to adjust for commercial quantities.

Recycle Ann Arbor does not charge additional recycling fees for many of the items brought to the Drop-Off Station to keep recycling costs as low as possible.

The gate fee covers the recycling of these accepted materials:

  • Mixed Paper/Boxboard
  • Cardboard
  • Plastics (#1, #2, and #5 only)
  • Metal (non-electrical items)
  • Glass bottles and jars (any color)
  • Textiles (3 bags or less) 
  • Automotive and rechargeable batteries
  • Motor oil (5 gallons or less)
  • Vegetable oil (5 gallons or less)
  • Oil filters (5 or less)
  • Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) foam (styrofoam)
  • Plastic bags

Additional Fees are charged for certain services and items, these include but are not limited to:

  • General waste, including furniture, construction debris, and concrete
  • Yard waste, branches, leaves, grass clippings, etc.
  • Tires
  • Electronics, appliances, and bulbs
  • Packaging materials and sales
  • Secure document shredding and hard drive destruction

View our current price list for full information on charges.

The Drop-Off Station DOES NOT ACCEPT

  • Alkaline (single-use) batteries
  • Asbestos-containing materials
  • Asphalt
  • Deceased pets, livestock, or wildlife
  • Fertilizer 
  • Food waste
  • Liquids, other than motor oil & vegetable oil 
  • Paints or varnish (latex or oil-based)
  • Root systems
  • Sod or turf
  • Soil, dirt, or sand
  • Stumps, or logs over 8 inches wide
  • Toxics
  • #3, #4, #6, and #7 Plastics 

Things To Know

  • Motor oil and antifreeze must be in a strong, secure bottle to prevent leaks and spillages. No mixed fluids are accepted.
  • Vegetable oil only. No animal-based fats or mixed fats are accepted.
  • Light bulbs must not be taped or tied together.
  • No bedding or towels are accepted.
  • Plastic bags must be clean and dry.
  • PETS and CHILDREN under 13 years old must stay in the vehicle AT ALL TIMES.
  • Staff can refuse any material deemed unsuitable.

Additional Information

  • For further information on what to do once you arrive and how to save time and money by separating materials ahead of time read our Drop-Off Waste & Recycling Tips.
  • Details about the Drop-Off Station's secure document shredding services can be found here.
  • You can find our comprehensive list of accepted plastic bags here.


2950 East Ellsworth Rd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Public drop-off Hours:
Tues. & Thurs. 8:30 am to 6:30 pm*
Saturday 9 am to 6 pm*
Closed Monday, Wednesday, Friday, & Sunday
Credit Cards ONLY. No cash/check. 
*SEASONAL NOTICE - during the winter season, the following items cannot be accepted after 5 pm due to lighting and safety concerns: scrap metal, general waste, bulky waste, furniture, yard waste, or concrete.