Hold It, Don't Roll It ~ Swim Instead


You know the A2 Holiday drill: roll your trash carts out one day later next week. Friday routes will be handled on Saturday. City Hall, the Drop-Off Station and MRF will be closed on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26 too. But the pools will be OPEN starting Saturday, May 24th! And since it's Curb Your Car Month, you can walk to the nearest pool. After all, we are the 3rd most Walkable City in America.

Pick a Size, Any Size

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Compost cart that is. The City of Ann Arbor is now selling three sizes of curbside compost carts: 96, 64 and 35-gallons, all for the low, low price of $25. But wait, there's more! If you already bought a 96 gallon curbside cart you can trade it in for a smaller one. Now that's a deal. Don't forget you can purchase curbside carts online or by phone at 734.994.2807. Operators are standing by ...

Roll Out the Rain Barrel


We'll get the rain, it won't run (away.) It's time for the Huron Rivers Watershed Council's annual Spring Rain Barrel Sale. Buy your rain barrel online from HRWC and pick it up on Sunday, May 4, 2008, between 1 -4 p.m. at Huron High School. You'll get a credit on your storm water bills, water for your gardens and help reduce the overflow into the storm sewers.

Going, Going Green!

You may have noticed that at AADL we’re into green: our new branches feature elements of sustainable design, such as bioswales and convective cooling, and our newest branch, Traverwood (opening this summer!) even boasts the use of ash trees reclaimed from the site. This January we also transitioned from disposable plastic bags to more environmentally friendly, reusable canvas totes, which are available at any circulation desk for $2.

Following that train of thought we’ve added “green living” to the records of titles that focus on practical applications of environmentally friendly ideals—like alternative energy for your home, reducing your carbon footprint and even raising your children “green.” A simple keyword search for “green living” does the trick, bringing up over 70 recent titles. Standouts include Organic Housekeeping and How to Live Well without Owning a Car, a favorite of the people at GetDowntown.

It's Easy Being Green


Over 90% of Ann Arbor households recycle on a regular basis. Now that's impressive. Even more impressive is how easy it is to do it right -- just watch Recycle Right on CitiTV Channel 19 and explore the ins and outs of recycling in Ann Arbor. The premiere of this sure-to-be-nominated-at-next-Sundance documentary is Saturday, Feb. 23 at 8:30 p.m.

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