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#5 Recycling Takes Giant Leap

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Month
September
Year
1995
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Thanks to the completlon of the Ann Arbor MRF (Material Recovery Faclllty) , pronounced "merf," Ann Arbor residente (Including U-M studente) will now be able to recycle more Items wlth less effort The MRF wlll funcüon as a solld-waste transfer station where recy clables set out at the curb wlll be processed, more recyclables will be pulled outof the waste stream, and the remainIng waste wlll be compacted before belng sent to the landflll. The compactlng is supposed to cut in half the number of loads the city sends to the landflll, savlng the city an estimated $700,000 a year. Beginning the week of Labor Day, the new rules for curbside recycling are as follows: In the tan crate place newspapers, magazines, Junk mail, mixed office paper, phone books, paperback books, brown paper bags and corrugated cardboard. In the green crate place cardboard milk cartons and juice boxes; glass (all colors) and ceramics (Le. plates and flower pote); plastic bottles or jars of the no. 1 , 2, or 3 varteües (but no shallow tubs, i.e. margarine tubs or yogurt containers); metal items including cans, and aerosol containers; and scrap metal such as pote and pans and coat hangers. In a separate bag place clean, dry textiles (clothlng, rags, sheets, towelsandpaired shoes). If the bag is not clear plastic, be sure to label it so it's not considered trash. In another separate bag or box place boxboard: cereal, tissue and shoe boxes; canned beverage cases, backs of note pads; paper towel rolls; and paper egg cartons. Tle or tape shut the bag or box. In a clear plastic bag place batteries; in plastic milkjugs place motor oil; and in sturdy, clean plastic bags place drained oil filters. In addition, the Drop-off Statíon located at2050S. Industrial is nowacceptingstyrofoam and hardcover books. The new $5.2 million materials recovery facility sits at the corner of Ellsworth and Platt Roads, adjacent to the old Ann Arbor landflll. It is owned by the city but will be run by Connecticut-based Resource Recovery Systems through a 20-year contract The MRFcan handle twice the waste stream of that produced by Ann Arbor alone, and has already contracted wlth other customers including Ypsilantl, Augusta Township, and U-M. Recycle Ann ArborwlD continue its curbside pick-up lunction, but its processing services wlll become obsolete. RAA is now working on converung its facillty into a re-use center, whlch it hopes to have up and running In February or March. RAA Executíve Director Tim Brownell told AGENDA that used building materials. dependlng on thelr quallty , wlll be accepted at the center (at Platt and Ellsworth Roads), and in some cases RAA will pay for the materials. A preliminary list of these materials lncludes: doors, Windows, tubs, slnks, lumber, some fumlture, and carpeting. The center will be open probably Monday-Saturday , durlngwhlch time items woukl also be for sale to the public. RAA wlll be formulating a more detailed list of materials and hours of operatlon, in the coming months. For more Information cali RAA at 971-9676. There wül be a Grand Opening for the Material RecoueryFacüítyhekiSatSeptiejrornlOani1 pm. Be sure to dress appropriaiely for the weather and wear closed shoes. For mere infamation cali the City of Ann Arbor Solid Waste Dept. at 994-2807.

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