UPDATE: Recycle Ann Arbor Reuse Center, Drop-Off Station, Recovery Yard and Main Office are CLOSED. Please call 662-6288 or email info@recycleannarbor.org with questions. Curbside Recycling Collection will continue on your scheduled day. Read our complete Covid-19 Response under our latest news.

Recycle Ann Arbor Covid-19 Response

Update as of March 26th, 2020

In light of Governor Whitmer’s recent “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order, we have decided to close the Recovery Yard (7891 Jackson Rd.) as of 4:00 pm on March 26th, 2020, until further notice. The Drop Off Station, Reuse Center and Main offices remain closed. We are working hard to support our staff and keep our community healthy and safe during this rapidly-changing and challenging time. 

Recycling and waste services remain essential to our community and are expected to continue throughout the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order. Recycling Curbside Collection will continue on your scheduled day. The Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) is still sorting materials, and our partners throughout the industry are still processing materials and marketing them to end markets. We have instituted precautions to keep our curbside recycling collection drivers and Materials Recovery Facility staff healthy & safe. 


Health and Safety Precautions

Curbside Recycling Collections 

  • Curbside Recycling Collection is occurring on your scheduled day. 
  • Recycle Ann Arbor team members will be cleaning and disinfecting common/communal areas in the Curbside Collections Division 
  • A cleaning and disinfecting station will be placed in a communal area for collection drivers to use in cleaning their collection vehicles.
  • While performing pre-trip inspections, Recycle Ann Arbor Drivers are required to sanitize their trucks (outside inside door handles, seats, radio, steering wheel, dashboard, joysticks and accessories)
  • All two-way radios will be disinfected after use 
  • Staff are maintaining at least 6 feet of distance between themselves and others at all times. 
  • Staff who are sick are instructed to stay home for at least 14 days. 
  • Recycle Ann Arbor will be posting signage related to the precautions and spread of COVID-19 at primary point of entry and throughout buildings

Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) 

  • The Materials Recovery Facility doors are closed to the public. The facility is still processing recyclables. Drivers and visitors are prohibited from entering the building.
  • Please maintain 6 feet of space between yourself and others on site.  Staff on site will also be practicing social distancing, and wearing proper protective gear to ensure maximum safety.
  • Our staff will be following health & safety precautions to disinfect and sanitize the work space at regular intervals.

Recovery Yard 

  • Effective at 4 pm on March 26th, 2020: Recovery Yard is now CLOSED until further notice. We will alert you when we are able to reopen. 

Drop-Off Station 

  • Drop Off Station is now CLOSED. We will alert you when we are able to reopen. 

Main Office & Administration

  • The Main Office is CLOSED. Staff are working remotely. Please call 734-662-6288 or email info@recycleannarbor.org. 
  • All Recycle Ann Arbor sponsored Zero Waste Events, education/outreach, and community-based recycling events will be cancelled until further notice. 
  • We are not accepting community service or volunteers until further notice.

ReUse Center 

In an effort help prevent the spread of Covid-19, the Reuse Center is now CLOSED. We will alert you when we are able to reopen. 


We want to express our sincere gratitude and concern for our staff and community. We are in this together and will do our best to sustain Recycle Ann Arbor to weather this storm. In the end, we hope to be able to recall all staff and reopen all divisions. In the meantime, keep recycling. 

Thanks for your support,

Bryan Ukena, CEO Recycle Ann Arbor


Recommendations from the Washtenaw County Health Department:


Older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. Please consider staying in as much as possible to reduce exposure.


If you are sick, around others who are sick, or may have been exposed, please stay home and contact your medical provider.


Clean your hands often.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.


Put distance between yourself and other people. Social distancing by keeping at least 6 ft of space between yourself and others.   


Cover coughs and sneezes

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Wash hands for at least 20 seconds.


Clean and disinfect

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.