Ann Arbor Earth Day

Ann Arbor Earth Day 2019 Events & Recycling Options

Earth Day is fast approaching. Each year the big Ann Arbor Earth Day event is at Leslie Science and Nature Center featuring many local organizations. In the spirit of Earth Day, there are also several recycling/disposal events in the next couple of months.
Ann Arbor Earth Day

Ann Arbor Earth Day 2019 Events

Each year the big Ann Arbor Earth Day event is the Earth Day Festival held at Leslie Science and Nature Center. Many organizations throughout Ann Arbor come together for one big event. This year’s Earth Day Festival is on Sunday, April 28.

Ann Arbor Earth Day Festival - Making a Seed Bomb
Seed Bombs at 2017 Ann Arbor Earth Day Festival

Check out our report from the 2017 Earth Day Festival – which includes 4 tips for attending the Earth Day Festival.


There are several other events happening around town leading up to the Earth Day Festival:

Date/Time Event
Earth Day 5K
at Lillie Park South, Ann Arbor Michigan
Earth Day Volunteer Opportunity
at Island Park, Ann Arbor Michigan
Earth Day Craft
at Learning Express Toys of Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor MI
Earth Day Craft
at Learning Express Toys of Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor MI

Ann Arbor Recycling Options

As part of Earth Day, I thought I would also share some information on recycling options.

Car Seats

In honor of Earth Day Target kicks off their Car Seat Trade-In program on Earth Day (April 22). It runs through May 4). Bring in a car seat to a participating Target location, and receive 20% off of a new Car Seat, Booster Seat, Travel System, or stroller. Returned seats will be recycled by Waste Management. Note the website says that most Target locations are participating. Both Ann Arbor Target stores are listed.

EWaste & Prescription Take Back Events

Ann Arbor Public Schools and University of Michigan Planet Blue teamed up on a large eWaste recycling event in the spring from 2008-2016 School. They have cancelled future events.

There are a few other events, be sure to check residency requirements.

No Events

Pittsfield & Lodi Townships offers residents a Clean-Up Voucher to use once each year at the Recycle Ann Arbor Drop-Off station.


Home Toxins

The Washtenaw County Home Toxins Reduction Program provides safe disposal of many home toxins. We have used this FREE program with great success in the past.

Ann Arbor Household Hazardous Waste Disposal

Prescription Drugs

Medication should not be flushed down the toilet. Select Pharmacies can take back non-controlled prescription and over the counter drugs. Some police stations provide a Big Red Barrel Program that will accept prescription or over the counter pills including controlled substances. More information can be found on Washtenaw County’s website.

Other Take-Back Events

No Events


Ann Arbor Reuse Options

Mom2Mom Sales

Most of the Mom2Mom sales for spring are over, but there are still a couple left. Check back in a couple months and the Mom2Mom guide will have the fall sales.

Ann Arbor Mom2Mom Sales - Spring 2019

Ann Arbor Children’s Resale Shops

Ann Arbor has several consignment shops for kids clothing and gear.

Thrift Shops

Thrift shops are a great option for items you just want out of your house (and a great place for bargain shopping). Local thrift shops include:


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