Materials Recovery Facility

As of July 1st, 2017, Recycle Ann Arbor both collects Ann Arbor's recyclables curbside AND facilitates the sorting and processing of those materials. Ann Arbor's city-owned Material Recovery Facility (MRF) remains inoperable at this time. In the meantime, Recycle Ann Arbor uses the space at 4150 Platt Rd. to drop loads of collected recyclables and loose load the materials into large trailers to be hauled to Ohio and sorted at our partner Rumpke's state of the art sorting facility. One of the greatest benefits to hauling Ann Arbor's materials to Rumpke's facility in Ohio is improved glass recycling. For many years glass has been downgraded significantly and reused as landfill cover or road base. Through the use of Rumpke's glass recycling facility, Ann Arbor's glass is recycled back into glass containers and fiberglass. Recycling glass into higher markets has significant benefits to reducing carbon emissions as glass makes up roughly 15% of total recyclables and producing new glass is an energy-intensive process. 

Brian Stewart

In addition to better glass recycling, Recycle Ann Arbor staff also separates cardboard from commercial dumpsters, bales the material and then ships it to Taylor, MI to be marketed directly to the paper mills. 

Seth and OJ Sorting Recyclables

Facilitating the sorting of recyclables allows Recycle Ann Arbor to observe the quality of recyclables deposited into curbside bins. Ann Arbor is full of good earth stewards and savvy recyclers, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't work to do even better. Recycle Ann Arbor intends to use the ability to observe the most common contaminants that are winding up in curbside recycling bins to help educate the community about better recycling practices. 

Through quarterly audits, we will monitor the level of contaminants and ensure it is below national averages. We will also communicate the results of Ann Arbor's recycling efforts through the use of the EPAs WARM calculator. 

 

Tours & Education

At this time, the Materials Recovery Facility is closed to the public. Currently, no tours or open houses are provided on site. Monthly recycling crafts will be hosted at Ann Arbor Parks locations for the 2019-2020 season

Parks & Crafts are offered one Saturday per month from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm or 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, June through May. Individuals and families can drop in for a FREE 30 to 60-minute activity. Pre-registration is encouraged, especially for groups of 5+. Please pre-register by emailing education@ecocenter.org to assure adequate staffing and supplies are on-hand. For select events, if you register a week or more in advance you and your family will receive free admission to a facility or activity.

 

Events will be held at the following locations: 

Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave.
Bryant Community Center, 3 W. Eden Ct. 
Gallup Park (meeting room), 3000 Fuller Rd. 
Huron Hills Golf Course, 2465 E. Huron River Rd. 
Mack Indoor Pool, 715 Brooks St. 
Veterans Memorial Park, 2150 Jackson Ave. 

 

Nov. 9th - 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, Veterans Memorial

Prepare our garden for winter. Make a recycled bird feeder. Enjoy a free skate rental and admission if you register a week or more in advance. 

Dec. 7th - 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, Ann Arbor Senior Center 

Decorate the center for winter. Create an ornament using shells, beads, buttons, and more. 

Jan 25th - 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, Mack Indoor Pool

Make an embossed art project and swim in our heated pool. Open swim 1-5 pm. If you register a week or more in advance, you'll receive one free family admission to the pool. 

March 28th - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, Gallup Park

Enjoy spring in the park and pick up trash. Create a magnet with mascot Reco the Racoon. 

April 11th - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, Bryant Community Center

Take home a handcrafted and compostable plant pot with seedlings. Then help us garden. 

May 9th - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, Huron Hills Golf Course

Make recycled paper into a Mother's Day card then enjoy a round of FootGolf. If you register a week or more in advance, you and your family will recieve a free round of FootGolf.  

Ann Arbor Recyclables Audited April 5, 2019

Material Breakdown:

Cardboard #11 20.38%

Mixed Paper 35.36%

Sorted Residential (News) 13.76%

Steel Cans 1.61%

Aluminum Cans 0.26%

HDPE 1.04% 

PET 2.47%

#1 - #7 Plastic Mixed 1.17%

Aseptic/Tetra 0.03%

Misc. Scrap Metal 0.67%

Mixed Glass 13.34%

Residue (Contaminants) 9.91%

 Where do our recyclables go?

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