Where to Put What
When we're pressed for time and/or money, tossing large or hazardous items into the trash. or recycling bins can seem like a reasonable solution. Unfortunately, what's quick and convenient for one member, can be an unfair burden for all the others.
Illegal dumping drains co-op resources, exposes staff to potential hazards, and compromises our environment. To protect both our residents and our ecosystem, Ann Arbor's trash and recycling services come with some very important restrictions.
By following these rules, you will help ensure our compliance with municipal law and the health and well-being of our families.
The Brown Trash Dumpsters
Every court features at least one brown trash dumpster.
The following items are ALLOWED in these dumpsters:
- Everyday trash
- Baby wipes
- Clorox wipes
- Food and coffee grinds
- Pizza boxes
- Baby diapers
- Feminine hygiene products
The Blue Recycle Bins
The City of Ann Arbor offers residential collection for recyclable items via the blue recycle bins placed in every court throughout the co-op. All items must be clean and empty.
The following items are ALLOWED in the blue recycle bins:
- Plastic bottles, tubs, and milk jugs (including plastic caps if screwed tight onto bottle)
- Glass bottles and jars of any color (labels may be left on)
- Metal cans and foil (ball up aluminum foil)
- Mixed paper (newspaper, magazines, junk mail, office paper)
- Cardboard boxes when:
- Broken down
- Cut up if too large for recycle bins
Brown Compost Bins
Composting is a great way to take advantage of nature’s own recycling system. Leaves, grass, and other organic matter provide food for bacteria, worms, fungi, and other microorganisms. These tiny recyclers break down this "food" and turn it into a dark, nutrient-rich dirt, or compost. This service is seasonally available.
The following items are ALLOWED in the brown compost bins:
- Tree limbs, twigs, and trimmings (less than 6-inch diameter)
- Plants, cut flowers & potting soil
- Unpainted, untreated lumber
- Garden pruning, crab apples, etc.
- Grass clippings
- Leaves, brush
- Paper bags, towels, or napkins
- Coffee grounds and filters
Turn Your Trash into Treasure—Not Terror!
If you need to dispose of household items that are not allowed in either the dumpsters or the recycling bins, please do not simply leave them in the dumpster area. Take them to the Ann Arbor Drop Off Station 734-971-7400 or Re-Use Center 734-222-7880.
Learn more at Recycle Ann Arbor .
For information about what can and can't be recycled, visit A - Z Recycling Guide
Consider donating used furniture and other household items that are still in good condition. Many local nonprofit organizations are in great need of donations, including:
Use this handy Trash and Recycling Flyer for a quick reference.