Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Single-stream recycling to be introduced campuswide

Beginning Aug. 30, paper and container recyclables can be placed in the same bins across campus. Known as single-stream recycling, U-M has joined the City of Ann Arbor in changing the recycling system to collect common items in the same bin, as well as accept additional materials.


While dumpsters across campus will be relabeled this month to reflect the changes in the recycling program, bins within buildings will have lids replaced, where possible, Grounds and Waste Management officials say. Lid replacement in buildings will occur gradually throughout the 2010-11 academic year.

The building transition schedule, which is subject to change, can be found at While bins may continue to be labeled “Paper” or “Containers,” campus community members can place recyclables in either bin.

New materials that can be recycled in this single-stream recycling program include all plastics except for the following items: #3 plastic, plastic grocery bags, and other plastic films and Styrofoam. For a printable list of materials acceptable for recycling, go to