Ann Arbor Ready For Trash Created By University Of Michigan Students Moving

Apr 29, 2014

As University of Michigan students prepare to leave town for the summer one common place to stop is the intersection of Oakland, East University, and Tappan.  The city of Ann Arbor has once more set up dumpsters for bulk recycling and trash in the area.

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

For years the end of April and early May meant large piles of garbage outside of student rental properties as University of Michigan students didn’t want or couldn’t take all of their possessions with them.  To help avoid this illegal dumping the city has created a drop off spot.

The change means a single person can handle the collection of trash and recycling, instead of several crews and trucks going around and picking up the items.  30 yard dumpsters are filled about 6 or 7 times daily at the drop off site.

Dan Cozart watches the trash and recycling drop off point.  He says most of what gets dropped off can’t be re-used, but it’s common to see evidence that the dumpsters were picked overnight.

Kurt Mueller dropped off an old table Tuesday as he prepares to move to a new home.  He says the drop-off site has been useful during his time at U of M, with his housemates typically having some large trash item to drop off at the end of each semester, and also occasionally giving an item through away by others a new home.

The drop off site is open from 11 to 5 daily through May 10th.

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— Andrew Cluley is the Ann Arbor beat reporter, and anchor for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him