Monday, November 2, 2009

Celebrate “America Recycles Day” with a Visit to the Ann Arbor Recycling Center

Recycling is easy in A-Squared because of the resources we have available that make it easy to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Many local stores and markets sell re-useable bags for shoppers as an alternative to plastic or paper bags, with some stores even giving shoppers money back on their order if they bring in their own bags. Local schools encourage students to bring lunches in lunch totes, instead of paper bags. Businesses have recycling stations where employees can recycle water bottles and newspapers in addition to paper.

Another great resource we have in Ann Arbor is the Ann Arbor Recycling Center. The Drop-Off Station is the state’s largest community recycling drop-off center. It is located on East Ellsworth Road in Ann Arbor, just west of Platt Road, and operated by Recycle Ann Arbor with support from the City of Ann Arbor. Many recyclable items are accepted for free, such as paper, metals, glass, batteries and some electronics. In addition, a wide variety of items is accepted for disposal at minimal cost. All accepted items and fees are listed on the Drop-Off Station page at Pick-up service is available for large bulky waste items, at additional charge. Dump trailers are available to rent.

Founded in 1977, Recycle Ann Arbor is a leader in the recycling industry, offering easy and convenient recycling for the Ann Arbor home and workplace. Recycle Ann Arbor is an affiliate of the Ecology Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Recycle Ann Arbor started Michigan’s first curbside recycling program in 1978, and currently operates the Drop-Off Station, the ReUse Center, the Environmental House green building resource center, the Ann Arbor curbside recycling program, Calvert’s Roll-Off Containers for construction debris recycling, and Energy Works of Michigan. For more information about Recycle Ann Arbor, please call (734) 662-6288, or visit Recycle Ann Arbor on the Web at:

Free monthly MRF Open Houses give the public a chance to tour Ann Arbor’s recycling operations and participate in featured activities. For more information, please consult the city Web site at Pre-arranged tours of the MRF are also available for groups of 15 or more; please call for information (734) 794-6000 ext 43118.

The recycling center is celebrating America Recycles Day by hosting an event where families can construct bird feeders using their empty 2-liter bottles. This event will take place Saturday, Nov. 14 at the Materials Recovery Facility, 4150 Platt Road. Starter seed will be provided for participants; individuals should bring their own 2-liter bottle. Call (734) 794- 6000, ext 43118, to reserve your spot. A tour of the recycling plant will be offered following the bird feeder construction.

America Recycles Day (ARD), November 15, is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to encouraging Americans to recycle and to buy recycled products. Celebrating its 12th year, it has grown to include millions of Americans pledging to increase their recycling habits at home and work and to buy products made with recycled materials.

For more information on recycling and green living in Ann Arbor, check out:

The ReUse Center
The ReUse Center accepts donations of reusable household goods, office supplies, and building materials that it resells to the general public at affordable prices. This is a great place to recycle furniture, home goods, electronics, and other items (check their website for a list of accepted donations), and also an excellent resource to find something you need for your home at a reasonable price.
(734) 222-7880

Environmental House Green Building and Energy Program
Recycle Ann Arbor's Environmental House green building and energy program now offers home energy audits. The program offers personalized on-site home assessments, and can show you how to lower your home energy bills through strategic energy conservation.

Ecology Center
The Ecology Center is a nonprofit environmental organization that works at the local, state, and national levels for clean production, healthy communities, environmental justice and a sustainable future. Their major are: GEE-WOW!, an environmental education program for K-12 students, Environmental Health Project, working to protect our health from toxic chemicals in food, air, water, and household products, Clean Car Campaign, promoting real-world solutions to reduce and eliminate pollution from automobile manufacturing and Land Use, preserving farmland and natural areas, concentrate development where infrastructure exists, and reduce traffic congestion.

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