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Recycling in Washtenaw County

Most areas of Washtenaw County offer some form of recycling services. Trash, recycling, and composting services vary widely throughout the county. Some municipalities contract a service for all residents, while others require residents to find and contract a waste hauler. Please contact your municipal office for the most up-to-date information on what is available to residents in your area.

For recycling information found below, we recommend calling ahead or checking online to confirm each location can accept your items. Exclusions may apply.

Recycling Databases

Search the below for the items you are looking to recycle. 

  • Turning Trash into Treasure: A comprehensive guide to help you find out how to get rid of hard-to-dispose-of household items, such as appliances, motor oil, antifreeze, computers, furniture and more.
  • Recycle Ann Arbor’s A-Z Guide: A guide for RAA’s services, search to see which location can take your items. The A-Z guide is most useful for those living with and around Ann Arbor.
  • Earth 911 Database: The most comprehensive database you’ll ever find. Search for recycling opportunities based on your item and zip code. A good place to start, but as with any national database, be aware that some information may be incorrect or out of date.

Electronics

  • Computer Recycling: Learn about the environmental and public health issues related to disposing computers as well as recycling options available to County residents.
  • Electronic Waste Recycling: Locations for recycling electronics other than computers, such as cell phones and iPods.
  • Recycle Ann Arbor Drop-Off Station: Accepts electronics
  • Best Buy: Best Buy offers an electronic trade-in program at their retail locations, in which customers are able to trade in their outdated electronics for a Best Buy gift card. Electronics that are broken or have no value can be left for recycling.
  • Staples: Many electronics can be left at local staples stores for recycling. Check the link to see what they accept!
  • US EPA’s Electronics Donation and Recycling Information

Household Hazardous Waste (paints, cleaners, oil, etc.)

  • Washtenaw County Home Toxics CenterOpen to all Washtenaw County residents, the Home Toxics Center offers weekday drop offs as well as Saturday events on select weekends.
  • Recycle Ann Arbor Drop-Off Station: Only accepts select hazardous items like automotive fluids, CFLs, latex paints, and lithium batteries.
  • Fluorescent Bulb Recycling: There are several places to recycle your used fluorescents within Washtenaw County. Fluorescents need proper handling because they contain trace amounts of mercury.
Young boy puts a milk carton into a recycling bin

Other Local Resources

  • Recycle Ann Arbor Recovery Yard:  Services include document shredding, drop-off recycling, drop-off disposal, construction and demolition debris recycling, roll-off container service and stationary compactor services.
  • Recycle Ann Arbor Regional Drop-off Station: Open to all county residents. Recycle Ann Arbor operates Washtenaw County’s most comprehensive regional Drop-off Station (DOS). The DOS is a fully staffed facility open six days a week year-round. The facility is funded through a partnership between Washtenaw County, the City of Ann Arbor and Pittsfield Township.
  • Western Washtenaw Recycling Authority (WWRA): A non-profit public recycling program that provides convenient recycling drop-off centers to the Townships of Bridgewater, Dexter, Lima, Lyndon, Manchester and Sylvan, as well as weekly curbside recycling pick-up to the Village of Manchester and the City of Chelsea.

Thrift Stores

Looking to get rid of extra stuff that’s still usable? Consider bringing items to your local thrift store or listing items on an online marketplace like craigslist or Facebook marketplace. Some thrift stores will even come to you to pick up large items or loads.