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Two Ann Arbor waste collection routes will shift days following success with recycling plan

Written by Nancy Stone,
Published: April 18, 2011

After launching an extended recycling program using convenient recycling carts and Recyclebank incentives last summer, the City of Ann Arbor is able to seize some waste collection efficiencies and eliminate one solid waste collection route each day.

Following the reconfiguration of the collection routes for trash, recycling and seasonal compost pickups, only two Ann Arbor areas with curbside collection service will have a different solid waste collection day, effective the week of Monday, April 25.

• The residential locations bordered by Packard, South Main, East Huron and South State Street will shift from a Tuesday to a Monday pickup day.

• Residential locations bordered by Glazier Way, Huron Parkway, Plymouth Road, and US-23, including University Commons and Glacier Hills, will shift from a Wednesday to a Tuesday pickup day.

Recycling doesn’t pay its own way, but the combination of avoiding landfill fees and the city’s profit-sharing contract with the municipally owned, privately operated recycling plant helps offset the recycling collection and processing costs, according to the city.

It costs less to handle recyclables than trash. And over time, as recycling markets continue to improve, these cost-saving benefits to the community and the environment are expected to increase as more recycling displaces trash.

For more information on the City of Ann Arbor’s solid waste programs, please consult the web at or phone 734-994-7336 (99-GREEN).

You can also view this article and learn more here.

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