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Solid Waste Administration


The city's solid waste services (a2gov.org/solidwaste) coordinates residential trash, compost, and commercial trash and recycling collection. Trash, recycling, and compost carts must be placed on the curb before 7 a.m. on normal weekly collection days and removed 24 hrs. following pickup. Carts should be placed in street, on extension if a bike lane or busy street is present, and not exceed weight limits. Persons with a physical handicap can arrange to have trash and recyclables collected from a side door at no charge (call (734) 794-6320). Report missed pickups at (734) 662-6288, online at a2gov.org/a2fixit, or via the A2 Fix It mobile app.

Residential recycling collection is provided by Recycle Ann Arbor, (734) 662-6288, recycleannarbor.org. For a comprehensive list of allowable items and other information, such as where to obtain a new recycle bin, see a2gov.org/recycle

Call (734) 794-6320 for information on trash and recycling services for apartments and businesses. All businesses are required to recycle; call (734) 994-7336 to set up free collection service. Commercial trash dumpster pickups are provided under a for-fee franchise agreement with Waste Management and coordinated through the city's Customer Service desk, (734) 994-7336.

Learn dispose of large items, visit a2gov.org/reuse or call a private hauler or the Drop-Off Station operated by Recycle Ann Arbor, 2950 E. Ellsworth, (734) 971-7400, open Tues. & Thurs. 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. and Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Entry fee and prices online at recycleannarbor.org. There is no additional charge to dispose of household recyclables. For a fee, the Drop-Off Station also accepts large items and other materials that require specialized disposal, such as appliances, electronic devices, and automotive fluids. recycleannarbor.org. Compostable yard waste, plate scrapings (including meat and bones) and fruit and vegetable scraps are collected weekly from April through December. Compost carts and can be purchased from the customer service center, 301 E. Huron. Paper yard waste bags (available at local stores) and bundles of brush (less than 4' long, 18" in diameter, and 50 pounds), are also accepted. Fall leaves can be mulched on-site, composted at home, or prepared for weekly curbside compost pickup in bags or compost carts. For specific dates and details on what can and can't be composted, visit website. a2gov.org/compost

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