Ann Arbor Earth Day 2018 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 2018 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 22.

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 Event
at Pioneer High School, Ann Arbor Michigan
Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth Storytime
at Barnes & Noble Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor MI
Library Lab: Sub-Irrigated Planters
at Ypsilanti District Library – Whittaker Rd, Ypsilanti Michigan
Earth Day Volunteer Opportunity
at Maryfield Wildwood Park, Ann Arbor Michigan
Ann Arbor Downtown Earth Day
at Library Lot, Ann Arbor Michigan
Plum Market Earth Day
at Plum Market, Ann Arbor Michigan
Plum Market Earth Day
at Plum Market, Ann Arbor Michigan
Earth Day Festival
at Leslie Science & Nature Center, Ann Arbor MI
Earth Day Volunteer Opportunity
at Miller Nature Area, Ann Arbor Michigan


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 (April 22-May 5). 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. But when I put in our local zip code, the Target on Ann Arbor-Saline Rd is not in the list. Ann Arbor East (Carpenter Rd) is on the list.

Save the date! Recycle an old car seat at Target 4/22-5/5 and get a 20% coupon off your next car seat or stroller. Learn more: ?

Posted by Target on Tuesday, April 17, 2018

EWaste & Prescription Take Back Events

Ann Arbor Public Schools and University of Michigan Planet Blue usually team up on a large eWaste recycling event in the spring at Pioneer High School. This year they are planning one for June. They are looking for an alternate location due to the construction on Stadium Blvd near Pioneer.

There are a few other events.

No Events

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.


Ann Arbor Reuse Options

Earth Day focuses on Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. When looking at Reuse, there are several reuse sales coming up. Not only do they save you money, they help keep used items out of the landfill. Check out our Mom2Mom Guide for upcoming Spring 2018 sales.

Ann Arbor Mom2Mom Sales - Spring 2018There are two big book sales this weekend: Jay Lee Court holds their annual Ann Arbor event Thursday-Saturday April 19-21. Then Bookstock, Metro Detroit’s largest used book sale starts on Sunday in Livonia, a relatively short drive from Ann Arbor.

Bookstock 2018

Also, don’t forget to check the various thrift stores and resale shops around town. 

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Anna Mae owns & operates Ann Arbor with Kids, a website dedicated to Family Activities in Ann Arbor. My husband and I moved to Ann Arbor in 2003 and our daughter joined the family in 2006.

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