University of Michigan
Join Us for Zero Waste Week
This campus-wide challenge will teach you, step-by-step, how to produce less waste and support the circular economy in Ann Arbor!
Join to Win Prizes!
Everyone who joins the challenge will be entered to win one of our prizes from local businesses!
- Free Bike from Common Cycle
- 3 Weeks of Produce from Argus Farm Stop
- 2 $50 Gift Cards to Detroit Street Filling Station
- $10 at Vertex Coffee
Sunday, March 19th, 2pm
Join us for a Zoom session on how to get ready for your zero waste week.
Monday, March 20th, 7pm
South Quad Kitchen
In person or from your kitchen, learn how to cook zero waste.
Screen Printing & Clothing Swap
Tues & Wed, March 21&22, 11-1pm
On the Diag
Bring a shirt/bag/anything and print a compost themed design on it yourself!
And drop off any clothing you no longer want and pick up some free stuff from others!
Sustainable Business Forum
Thursday, March 23rd, 7pm
Ross School of Business
Join us to discuss the role of the business community in bringing about a circular economy and zero waste.
Waste Justice Panel
Friday, March 24th, 2pm
Hear from local and global activists about the deep intersection of waste practices and broader social justice issues.
Story of Plastic Screening
Saturday, March 25th, 5pm
Understand the full picture of plastic production and disposal and hear from the humans at the center of this issue.
How it works
Do your best to avoid trash and recycling for one week and collect any waste you do create to review at the end of the week.
What counts as waste?
Any new thing you acquire during the week including wrappers, bags, containers, receipts, and food scraps (if you don’t have access to a compost).
Waste from your work and waste associated with medications etc. don’t count. Keep yourself healthy and continue taking any medication you need to feel your best, without worrying about the trash.
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Why zero waste?
Learn how to take concrete action on waste and climate issues
Waste isn’t just about trash. From extraction to disposal, our materials economy sits at the root of climate change and environmental breakdown. Learn what you can do in your own life to reduce waste and build momentum for a zero waste future at the university and in Ann Arbor.
of GHG emissions come from the production of stuff we consume
of waste are created upstream for every pound of trash we throw out
Join the challenge to win a prize!
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