After major upgrades, Ann Arbor is about to have an operational recycling plant again for the first time in over five years. Local nonprofit Recycle Ann Arbor, under contract with the city, has been busy overseeing repairs and getting new equipment installed at the Materials Recovery Facility at 4150 Platt Road. “We are excited to report the project is nearly complete,” said Erica Bertram, Recycle Ann Arbor communications director. “The equipment is operational, and we have just completed the testing to ensure that it works as envisioned.”
After the testing phase, the city-owned facility will be officially considered open Dec. 1, Bertram said. The new and improved plant will be a cutting-edge facility driven by a zero-waste ethic, according to Recycle Ann Arbor. In hopes of minimizing contamination of the recycling stream going to the plant, the nonprofit is trying to educate residents about what not to place in curbside recycling bins.