Recycling Program

Curbside Recycling 

The City of Ypsilanti offers a curbside recycling program to help reduce your waste.  Properties that receive residential garbage pickup via the City are eligible for curbside recycling; some multifamily properties and commercial businesses may be eligible on a case by case basis but pickup volume will be limited.   Multifamily properties with up to 4 units and commercial businesses may be eligible to participate; please fill out this form for multifamily properties and this form for commercial businesses

Not interested in using the new, larger cart? Sign up for a Recycle Ann Arbor Drop-Off Station pass here!  The City does not pick up recycling set out in the red bins or outside the cart.

WHEN IS CURBSIDE RECYCLING COLLECTED IN MY AREA?

Your recycling is collected on the same day as your garbage, but is every other week.  Whether you are an "A" week or a "B" week depends entirely on your address. Check your collection schedule by using the links on this page or by calling 734-483-1421.  Yard waste and recycling pickup will be on the same day; garbage pickup remains unchanged.

HOW DO I SET OUT MY CART PROPERLY ON COLLECTION DAY?

Place your cart on the curb after 6 p.m. the night before your collection day but no later than 6 a.m. on your collection day. Place the cart in the roadway within 3 feet of the curb, with the handle facing the house, or on the curb if there is not a parking lane available. Make sure the cart is accessible to our crews. Place it at least 3 feet from other carts and objects, but do not place it underneath short trees or behind mailboxes, lamp posts or parked cars, or on top of snowbanks.

DO I HAVE TO PUT MY RECYCLING IN THE NEW CART?

Yes. All recycling must be inside the cart.  Residents must use the new cart to set out recycling moving forward. Recycling should be placed loose in the cart, not in plastic bags.

We only accept recycling inside a cart, not set beside it, for three reasons. First, because it's safer for our employees and reduces the risk of injury associated with bending and lifting.  Next, because it reduces the likelihood that recycling can be blown around the neighborhood, becoming litter. Finally and most importantly, because it reduces contamination. Wet paper and cardboard products cannot be recycled and are considered contaminants. If we take a highly contaminated load to the recycling facility, it will be rejected- and the literal tons of recyclable materials that have been collected that day will be put into the trash and the City may be assessed an additional fee.   In order to ensure that we can continue curbside recycling, we must reject non-recyclable materials.

WHAT MATERIALS CAN I PUT IN THE RECYCLING CART?

Your new cart comes with information about what can be recycled, and you can find a detailed list here on our website.  Nothing has changed about what materials can be recycled.  Here is what we collect in the recycling carts:

  • Plastic bottles and containers (numbered 1, 2, and 5)
  • Aluminum and steel cans
  • Cartons
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Cardboard (no food or grease, flattened)
  • Newspaper, junk mail, mixed paper—all colors and types

All containers should be empty and dry. Replace caps on empty containers.    Please note that if our pickup crews see material that we cannot accept curbside in your cart, we will not pick up the cart. Material that cannot be recycled is considered contamination.  If we take a highly contaminated load to the recycling facility, it will be rejected- and the literal tons of recyclable materials that have been collected that day will be put into the trash and the City may be assessed an additional fee.   In order to ensure that we can continue curbside recycling, we must reject non-recyclable materials.

CAN I RECYCLE HOSES, CORDS, WIRES, OR CLOTHES IN MY CART?

No. These items wrap around equipment at the recycling processing facility, creating a safety hazard for workers and causing facility shutdowns. Scrap metal, like chains and metal hangers, can be taken to the Recycle Ann Arbor Drop-off Station. More information about the DOS is available at cityofypsilanti.com/dropoff.

CAN I RECYCLE PLASTIC BAGS OR PLASTIC WRAP IN MY CART?

No. Plastic bags and wrap cause equipment jams at the recycling processing facility. Your household plastic film—like grocery bags, drink case wrapping, cling wrap, and bubble wrap—can be dropped off at almost any large retail or grocery store for recycling. Most people save up their clean and dry plastic film and take it to the grocery store every few months; you can also take plastic bags to the Recycle Ann Arbor Drop-Off Station.

CAN I RECYCLE SHREDDED PAPER IN MY CART?

No, shredded paper must be placed in the garbage. The tiny shreds simply can’t make it through the recycling sorting process.   You can take shredded paper to the Recycle Ann Arbor Drop-Off Station.

WHAT IF I WANT A DIFFERENT SIZE CART?

If you find you need a different cart size after using the one provided for about a month, please contact the Department of Public Services at 734-483-1421 or recycling@cityofypsilanti.com to discuss how to continue participating in the recycling program.  We encourage people who want to recycle but have difficulty using the cart to use the Recycle Ann Arbor Drop-Off Station.

WHAT IF MY CART IS STOLEN OR DAMAGED?

Each cart will be assigned to an address and can be identified by its RFID tag. If your cart is lost or stolen, please call the Department of Public Services at 734-483-1421 or recycling@cityofypsilanti.com. You may write your house number on the cart with a grease pen for easy identification. Additionally, a police report should be filed with the local police department immediately upon vandalism or theft.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CITY’S CURBSIDE RECYCLING PROGRAM?

Currently, only City residential solid waste customers (those that receive garbage services provided by the City's contractor) are eligible to receive curbside recycling services. Multifamily properties with up to 4 units and commercial businesses may be eligible to participate; please fill out this form for multifamily properties and this form for commercial businesses.  We encourage individuals to use the Recycle Ann Arbor Drop Off Station; please note that commercial businesses are ineligible for a pass provided by the City.

Acceptable Materials

The full list of materials accepted curbside is available here.  

WRRMA Waste Wizard

Not sure how to dispose of something? The Waste Wizard is a great new interactive tool that can help you get your materials to the right place.

 

Recycle Ann Arbor Drop-off Center

Glass, Styrofoam and other materials not collected curbside may be taken to the Recycle Ann Arbor Drop-off Center.  Residents can get a pass from DPS or the City Clerk office to waive the standard entrance fee.

 CLICK HERE for details on Recycle Ann Arbor Drop-off services.

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