The City of Ann Arbor fired the private company that ran its recycling facilities in July of 2016. Since then, the city council has been hearing various proposals from new private companies to take over the management of the facility. The Ecology Center and 350 SE Michigan have endorsed the Recycle Ann Arbor/Rumke proposal, outlined here in a post by the Ecology Center. There are several reasons to support this proposal, including the following:

  • The RAA/Rumke proposal does not use the harmful practice of compacting unsorted recyclables prior to shipment (this causes the materials to become compressed and interlocked, making them very difficult to sort at the facility and leading to high amounts of leftover un-recyclable materials)
  • The RAA/Rumke proposal is locally based in Michigan (WMF and Emterra, the two other proposals, are based in Texas and Canada respectively)
  • RAA is a community non-profit, unlike WMF and Emterra, who are profit-driven

If you are able, please come to the City Council meeting on Monday, March 6 at 7 PM, at 301 E. Huron St. to show support for the RAA/Rumke proposal. If you cannot attend, please contact your city council member and let them know how you feel!