Recycle Ann Arbor Covid-19 Response

Update as of July 11th, 2020

Effective Monday, July 13th, 2020, the State of Michigan requires masks to be worn in all indoor public spaces. And, to be worn in crowded outdoor spaces where social distancing of at least 6 feet is not possible. Wearing masks helps prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Recycle Ann Arbor requests that you wear a mask while onsite outdoors when social distancing is not possible or while inside any public Recycle Ann Arbor building. We thank you for your cooperation. 


Update as of June 6th, 2020 

Recycle Ann Arbor Drop Off Station is now accepting single stream recyclables: cardboard, paper, plastic, glass (materials allowable in your curbside recycling bins, please separate out glass) AND, as of Saturday, June 6th, all outdoor collection at the Drop Off Station resumes. This expands collection for the following items: glass, boxboard/paper products, tires, metal, light plastic tubs/bottles, cardboard, general waste, concrete, propane tanksFreon appliances, wood and yard waste. The barn remains closed. 

Materials currently NOT accepted on Tues., Thurs., or Saturdays: 

  • NO SOFT PLASTIC (plastic bags, bubble  wrap)

Beginning August 24th, these items will be accepted on Mondays only from 9 am to 6 pm. More information about Specialty Mondays.

Update as of May 23rd, 2020

Recycle Ann Arbor Drop Off Station Partially Reopens to Offer Expanded Single Stream Recycling Service. Normal days and times: Tues. & Thurs. 8:30 am to 6:30 pm and Saturday 9 am to 6 pm. We are working on a plan to fully reopen soon. 


Update as of May 1st, 2020 

Recycle Ann Arbor Recovery Yard Partially Reopens to Expand Drop Off Recycling for Ann Arbor Area 

We are pleased to announce the partial re-opening of Recycle Ann Arbor’s Recovery Yard. The reopening of this division will provide expanded drop off recycling services for the Ann Arbor Area. Located at 7891 Jackson Road Ann Arbor, MI 48103, the Recovery Yard will be open Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm. The office remains closed. All transactions are limited to credit cards that are conducted outside the office door. Our sales manager will be available by phone at 734-426-2280 or email at  While on site we ask that all visitors practice social distancing– maintaining 10 feet of space between themselves and others at all times. Recovery Yard staff will be following health and safety precautions to help prevent the spread of Covid-19. Recycle Ann Arbor is screening all staff onsite for signs of illness at the start of shifts and providing staff with proper personal protection equipment in order to keep our staff as safe as possible while providing essential recycling and waste services to our community. 

At this time drop off recycling services are limited to the Recovery Yard. We are working on a plan to expand those services to the Drop Off Station on Ellsworth Rd– stay tuned. 



Update as of March 26th, 2020

In light of Governor Whitmer’s recent “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order, 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 10-13 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 10 -13 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 

  • Recovery Yard is partially reopened for drop off recycling and waste services effective Monday, May 4th, 2020. 
  • New hours of operation 7:30-3:30 M-F; Closed Saturdays 
  • Office is closed to the public.
  • Credit Cards only. A credit card machine is installed in a drop box outside. Customers can ring buzzer on dropbox for service and to complete transactions.
  • We are using a through-door drop box on the main office door to provide receipts for transactions. 
  • We are only offering drop off recycling and waste services. No roll-off dumpster rental at this time.
  • We are temporarily not accepting:  Styrofoam, hard drive shredding, motor oil, antifreeze
  • Material are evaluated from office video camera system – no longer evaluating loads in parking lots or line; only making estimates based on video cameras and communications
  • “No Touch” policy of any material dropped-off
  • Office will be sanitized regularly.
  • All staff on site must wear proper PPE: gloves, face masks, and safety glasses. 
  • All staff and visitors on site must maintain 10 ft of physical distance at all times.

Drop-Off Station 

  • Drop Off Station is partially reopened for single stream recyclable drop off effective Saturday, May 23rd, 2020. 
  • Hours of operation: Tues. & Thurs. 8:30-6:30;  Saturdays 9 am to 6 pm 
  • $3/ entry free. Credit Cards only. A credit card machine is installed in a drop box at the gatehouse.
  • For a list of what we are temporarily not accepting. 
  • Staff and customers must where a face mask while on site. 
  • “No Touch” policy of any material dropped-off, please be prepared to unload your materials. 
  • Site will be sanitized regularly. 
  • All staff and visitors on site must maintain 10 ft of physical distance at all times. 

Main Office & Administration

  • The Main Office is CLOSED. Staff are working remotely. Please call 734-662-6288 or email 
  • 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.