Last Call for Carts

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July 30, 2010 is the deadline for ordering a compost cart at the one-time only fee of $25. But wait there's more! The carts will be home-delivered starting in September. And ordering couldn't be easier. You can order online, by phone at 734.994.7336 ext 0 or in person at 220 E. Huron -- the Customer Service Center. So quit dragging those paper yard waste bags and starting rolling with the flow -- the recycle flow.

City Hall Closed Monday, July 5th

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In observance of the Independence Day holiday, all City Hall offices will be closed on Monday, July 5th. Trash, recycling and compost service will NOT be affected so put your stuff out on your regularly-scheduled trash day. And remember, July 5th is the start of the Single-stream Recycling Program. More stuff into the recycle bin, less stuff in the landfills. Yeah!

Free e-Waste Recycling

Do you have an computer, monitor, or other type of e-Waste that you want to get rid of but don't know how to? The Office of Campus Sustainability along with Ann Arbor Public Schools are sponsoring a free event to recycle unwanted electronics in a responsible, earth friendly way. This event is a part of U-M's month long celebration of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. On Saturday, April 24 between 9am and 2pm you can bring any unwanted computer systems, A/V equipment, hand held devices, and other types of e-Waste to Pioneer High School for safe and environmentally conscious recycling. e-Waste is the fastest growing waste stream and distributes hazardous chemicals into the environment. By recycling your e-Waste in this way, you will be protecting the environment, conserving natural resources, acting responsibly, and providing raw materials for more products to be made.

There is also an institutional e-Waste event on Thursday April 22 and Friday April 23 between 9am and 2pm at Washtenaw Intermediate School District. Registration is required for this event.

For more information on this event and how to spread the word, visit their website.recyclerecycle

Carting Off the Christmas Tree

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Drop and drag time will be here before you know it! The City of Ann Arbor's curbside collection of holiday trees will be held Monday, Jan. 18 - Friday, Jan 22, 2010. If Mother Nature delivers a snowstorm, just leave them buried and the City will pick them up when things thaw out. Be sure and get those ornaments off your holiday tree -- metal, glass or plastic can ruin the recycling machinery and spoil the mulch. Wreaths and roping have wire/plastic backing so put those in the trash cart. If you'd like to drop off your undecorated holiday tree, head to parking lot adjacent to the Drop-Off Station through Jan. 30, 2010.

Free Computer and TV Recycling at Pioneer High School May 5

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Dig out your old computer systems, monitors, speakers, printers, cell phones, televisions and modems and take them to the Ann Arbor Pioneer High School Parking lot (Map) this Saturday, May 5th, from 9am-2pm.

The Ann Arbor Public Schools and the Climate Savers Computing Initiative at the U of M are co-sponsoring a free e-waste recycling event in cooperation with Apple Computers.

For a complete list of accepted materials go to ClimateSavers@M.

All equipment collected will be destroyed and recycled in the U.S. in accordance with all local, state and federal guidelines, regulations and laws pertaining to the collection, transportation and recycling of electronics equipment.

Making Dirt

When I grew up, my family had a vegetable garden behind our house and we kept a compost bin for all of our food trash. After I got my own place, I felt guilty for throwing food into the trash, but the bins that I saw in stores were kind of pricey. So, when this past weekend turned out to be so warm and sunny, I went into the backyard and dug a pit for a compost heap. There are lots of variations on the compost bin, and all of them are very easy to do. Whether you are a gardener or just want to cut down on your trash output, here are some books to check out.
The Compost Heap
Backyard Composting: Your Complete Guide to Recycling Yard Clippings
The Complete Compost Gardening Guide

But be sure to remember one thing that I forgot; if you dig a hole near a tree, you’re going to run into roots. Oops.

Compost Extravaganza Sale

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Prices so low you won't believe your eyes! The City of Ann Arbor has slashed prices on bulk compost 50 to 75 percent from last year. That's right folks, they've got to clear out the Compost Center for the 2009 growing season. Your gardens and lawns are crying out for nutrients so head on over to the Wheeler Service Center and get going on a great deal.

Pitch It -- If You Can Find It

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Our holiday greenery may be buried under a foot of snow by next week, but if you can find it and dig it out, drag it to the curbside and Monday, January 19 ~ Friday, January 23, the city will pick up the trees on your normal trash collection day. If the snow buries them again at the curb, the City will reschedule pickup after a thaw. You can also dispose of undecorated holiday trees at the Drop Off Station through Jan. 31st.

Trash Talk for Tree Town

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Turkey Time Trash tips: if your regular trash/recycling day is Thursdays, it will be Friday, Nov. 28, this week. If trash/recycling day is normally Fridays, it will be Saturday, Nov. 29. Get that last bit of yard cleanup done soon because curbside compost pickups end Saturday, Nov. 29. And a final FYI: City Hall offices will be closed Thanksgiving Day and Friday, Nov. 28.

Finally! It IS easy to be green!

If you are like me, you are interested in being more socially responsible, like going beyond simple recycling and doing your part to help save our planet for future generations, but you don't have lots of money and time to devote to "going green". Sound familiar? If so, then you need to get yourself a copy of Renee Loux's Easy green living : the ultimate guide to simple, eco-friendly choices for you and your home. This lifestyle guide is PACKED with information about the simple, affordable choices we can make to avoid toxins, conserve natural resources and generally be more eco-smart. Whether you choose to take tiny baby steps or completely overhaul your wasteful self, you will find the answers you need. One of my favorite easy eco-tips is the following: "About 100 million trees and 28 billion gallons of water are used annually to produce the 5.8 million tons of catalogs and unsolicited wads of preapproved credit card offers and other junk that arrive at our homes - 44 percent of which are thrown away unopened....Stop credit card offers. Go to www.optoutprescreen.com, where the consumer credit report industry lets you opt out of receiving preapproved and prescreened credit card offers." Now imagine if we all did that!

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