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City of Ypsilanti receives grants for full-sized recycling bins

City leaders approve the purchase of 5,000 recycling carts for Ypsilanti residents.

Ypsilanti city leaders have approved the purchase of 5,000 96-gallon bins from Cascade Cart Solutions to eligible households next year.

Ypsilanti’s Curbside Recycling Program is currently being offered to city residents living in a 4-unit or smaller apartment building or home in the City of Ypsilanti and receiving garbage services provided by the city. Bins can be picked up at the Department of Public Services. Residents must show ID and proof of residency to receive the bins.

The newest bins will have two wheels for easy maneuverability, a lid, and more storage space.

The city of Ypsilanti has also purchased additional carts to expand the city’s recycling program for certain multifamily residential units, with information being brought forth later regarding the multifamily program.

The national non-profit, The Recycling Partnership, alongside the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, have worked together to bring more recycling opportunities to Ypsilanti residents. 

“It’s a grant-funded endeavor,” Bonnie Wessler, Ypsilanti Department of Public Services Director, stated. “Each cover a portion of the carts and the educational materials that go along with it.”

Ypsilanti is also partnering locally with WRRMA (Washtenaw Regional Resource Management Authority), whose mission is to decrease recycling contamination in Washtenaw County. 

“We are looking for ways to expand the red bins to more multi-unit buildings,” Wessler stated. 

Recycling will be collected on the same day as garbage. Residents are to place their carts on the curb after 6 p.m. the night before or no later than 6 a.m. on the collection day. Households already receiving recycling curbside pickup must use the new carts. All residents' carts are to be stored beside a home, on or under a back porch, or inside a garage. Carts are to be placed in the roadway within 3 feet of the curb, with the handle facing the house, and at least 3 feet from other carts and objects.

To learn more, visit the City of Ypsilanti’s website.