Zero Waste City Guide

Ann Arbor

In this guide to living zero waste in Ann Arbor we try to tackle the most common barriers to zero waste living. The interactive map will help you see what’s around you and the rest of the guide is meant to help you get a head start on your zero waste life.

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The land the City of Ann Arbor occupies is the ancestral, traditional, and contemporary lands of the Anishinaabeg – (including Odawa, Ojibwe and Boodewadomi) and Wyandot peoples.

Contents

Getting Started

What you need to get started

Composting

Finding a home for your food scraps

Grocery Shopping

Shopping zero waste in London

Social Life

Zero waste fun in London

Cleaning & Hygiene

How to get toilettries etc.

Advocacy

Groups and projects to get involved in

Getting Started

Your Zero Waste Survival Kit…

There are a few things you can take with you that will open us a lot of zero waste options. These are just suggestions so feel free to customize your zero waste survival kit to fit your needs

Do your best not to make any new purchases while putting together your kit. For example you probably have cutlery at home you can bring along instead of buying a new “to-go” set. Most of these things you can find at home or at a second hand shop. Some of them you can even make!

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Tupperware or Food Container

Essential for to-go food or getting things from a deli counter.

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Reusable Bag

Comes in very handy, especially if you come across an unexpected zero waste store!

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Cloth Napkin

Replaces tisssue and paper napkins, can be used as a food container in a pinch.

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Reusable Cutlery

For eating on the go, or if a restaurant is using disposable cutlery.

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Cup or Mug

If you need a drink while out and about.

Composting

47% of England’s Municipal Waste Is Biodegradable

Aside from not buying new things, making sure your food scraps get composted is likely the very best thing you can do to reduce your personal waste footprint. Here’s how to get composting in London:

See if you can get curbside collection

Check on London Recycles to see if you can get curbside pickup in your area. If you Can’t get access we’ll help connect you to the proper resources to request pickup.

Find a community compost or farmer

If your council won’t pick up your food waste you can have a look at community gardens near you to see if they’ll accept household scraps. Beyond that we’ve also found that some farmers at markets will take bags of compost.

Start your own compost

Learn to start a compost or a balcony pot from the Royal Horticultural Society

How do I transport compost?

We’ve found that if you need to keep compost in your home it’s best to freeze it in a bag. That also makes it easier to manage when you’re transporting it to your nearest compost.

Grocery Shopping

Build your zero waste shopping routine…

Food is where you will find the most friction when trying to reduce waste.

Get What YOu Can Close to home

Go to the store you tend to shop at and do a completely zero waste shopping trip. That way you know what you can reliably get without changeing routine.

Find a great bulk Store

For the things you can’t get at your usual store you’ll need to find a specialty store that fills the gaps. By The Pound is the most comprehensive option for zero waste food.

Build in a Trip To The Market

If you can find a market close to home, or somewhere you visit often, it’s great to build a routine around market days. E.g. every Saturday go to the park for a walk and pick up food from the market on the way home.

Save Food From Landfill

Use apps like TooGoodToGo or Olio to keep food from going to landfill.