Zero Waste City Guide

Ypsilanti

Zero Waste City Guide

The best local resources for reducing waste and its impact on the planet, and communities near and far.

Contents

Interactive Map

Find out what resources are near you

Getting Started

Basic waste reduction toolkit

Composting

Finding a home for your food scraps

Grocery Shopping

Zero waste shopping in Ypsilanti

Repair

Extend the lifetime of your belongings

Resources

Helpful links

Interactive Map

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

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 tissue 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

38% of Michigan’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 Ann Arbor:

Get connected with a neighbor

You can check out the Share Waste app to see if your neighbors have a way to take your compost.

Start your own compost

If you have a yard you can consider making your own compost pile! Here’s a good intro how to video.

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 changing 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. Filter the map above to find your closest bulk store. 

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 library, walk downtown, and pick up food from the market on the way home.

Ypsilanti Food Co-Op

Great bulk section, loose veggies, spices, coffee, and grains!

Growing Hope Farmers Markets

Support local farmers and bring your own bag.

Save food from going to landfill

Olio allows you to list and pick up excess food from your neighbors

Repair

Keep your stuff out of the landfill

Learn to Repair

Join Maker Works or All Hands Active at a community repair day!

iFixIt Repair Guides

Repair guides for everything, written by everyone.

Tool Sharing

All Hands Active has a tool sharing program for members, the library offers some tools to checkout, or  you can list or request tools on Olio to start up tool sharing in Ann Arbor.

Resources

Additional helpful links 

County Trash to Treasures Guide

Comprehensive list of all the resources you could need to rent, repair, donate, or recycle your stuff!

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