Need to get rid of a couch or other furniture because of Ann Arbor’s Couch Ban Law? Read this press release from the City of Ann Arbor, MI.
FREE SOFA COLLECTION EVENT IS OCT. 22-24
ANN ARBOR, Mich. Sept. 29, 2010 In response to the recent passage of a city ordinance that prohibits the outdoor storage of upholstered furniture, the City of Ann Arbor is providing a free sofa collection event for Ann Arbor residents and property managers from Friday noon, October 22, through Sunday, October 24, 2010 at a drop-off area located at the intersection of East University and Oakland streets. The hours of daily operation will be 12 noon to 5 p.m.
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Those leaving any other types of materials, depositing furniture from non-Ann Arbor properties, or using the site during off- hours are subject to illegal dumping fines. The collection site will be actively monitored on a 24-hour basis.
Ann Arbor’s new ordinance, referred by some as the “porch couch ban,” goes into effect Oct. 2, 2010, but will have an amnesty period to allow residents to properly dispose of their upholstered furniture. The ordinance passed following the momentum of public sentiment related to a tragic off campus area house fire, exacerbated by a porch couch, which resulted in the death of a student this past summer. Ann Arbor joins many campus communities disallowing upholstered furniture, including East Lansing, Kalamazoo, Mount Pleasant, Ypsilanti, and Marquette in Michigan as well as Columbus, Ohio, and Madison, Wisconsin.
Sofas and other items that do not fit into the city’s refuse carts are subject to fines if abandoned at the curb. For-fee suggestions for disposing of furniture, including taking materials to the Drop-Off Station at 2950 E. Ellsworth, 734.971.7400 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 734.971.7400 end_of_the_skype_highlighting are posted on the city’s Web site under “bulky items” at www.a2gov.org/recycle.