What are the Top 6 materials being recycled in Ann Arbor?
Ann Arbor residents may not know it, but the city is a top exporter of quality recycled aluminum.
That’s according to Ann Arbor’s Materials Recovery Facility, which was honored as a top recyclable material processing center by FCR Recycling, the company's solid waste contractor.Â FCR RecyclingÂ processes and sells Ann Arbor’s recycled materials once they've been picked up from curbs outside city homes and businesses.
The company awarded Ann Arbor for its quality recycled aluminum, which goes straight to an Anheuser-Busch plant in St. Louis, Missouri to create new beer cans.
Want to find out where some of those recyclables you’ve sorted go?Â
Take a look at the some of the top recycled materials annually in Ann Arbor by weight.
1. Newspapers and magazines: 13,672 tons per year are used to create newspapers, box board, notebooks, ceiling tiles and insulation at Graphic Packaging in Kalamazoo.
2. Corrugated cardboard: 9,198 tons per year are used to create corrugated cardboard and box board at PCA in Filer City, Mich.
3. Mixed glass: 4,808 tons per year are used for roadbed material at local landfills.
4. Office paper: 1,621 tons per year are recycled into copy paper, newspaper and boxboard at American Fiber in Atlanta, Ga.
5. Pop bottles (or #1 plastic): 1,180 tons per year are turned into fabric, carpet and fleece at Mohawk Ind. in Summerville, Ga.
6. Steel cans: 831 tons per year go to creating new steel cans and car parts.