Welcome to the Office of Recycling and Green Community Programs
The Office of Recycling and Green Community is charged with managing waste reduction, recycling and hazardous waste disposal in Monroe County. The recycling and green community coordinator is responsible for communicating with local municipalities in orchestrating recycling events and hazardous waste disposal days. Please feel free to contact the office of Recycling and Green Community Programs for any questions regarding your concerns with household hazardous waste and recycling.
The Division of Environmental Health is calling on you to help make recycling efforts in Monroe County the best and most affordable to all. To that extent we ask that you sort your recyclables accurately as to ensure the materials will be recycled. Many who faithfully store up their recyclables in anticipation of a successful contribution to a greener environment are denied that hope because of those who use the bins as rubbish collection sites. We must provide a clean source of materials or the collections may prove fruitless.
The following links offer more information:
Cell Phone Recycling
Drop Off Recycling
Household Hazardous Waste
Phone Book Recycling
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Commercial Recycling Survey-A recycling and a solid waste data management tool
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Solid Waste Resource Guide
Michigan Green Schools Challenge
Michigan Green Schools Resource Guide.
Is your school GREEN? Would you like to achieve green status with recognition from the Governor of Michigan? Take part in the Michigan Green Schools Program.
Schools which become an official Michigan Green School will receive a flag, certificate signed by the Governor and be recognized at the Monroe County Earth Day Celebration. If your school has already been established as an official Michigan Green School in the past, you need to reapply as green status is designated on an annual basis. Start planning now -- applications are due to Jamie Dean by March 1, 2014.
Green, Emerald or Evergreen School Michigan Green School Application in pdf or word
Congratulations to the Green Schools 2013!
Dundee Elementary School
Dundee Middle School
Eyler Elementary School
North Elementary School
St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School
Summerfield Elementary School
Temperance Road Elementary School
Dundee High School
Jefferson 5/6 Elementary School
Sodt Elementary School
Edith Wagar Middle School
Meadow Montessori School
Monroe County ISD
Ritter Elementary School
Waterloo Elementary School
St. Patrick Catholic School
Saint Joseph Catholic School
Phone Book Recycling Program
Ten Monroe County-area schools will be vying for the top prize of $400 as the fourth annual YP Project ReDirectory® school challenge gets underway.
Monroe County Solid Waste is coordinating the program, joined by Republic Services and YP toencourage residents and businesses to recycle outdated phone directories when the new ones are delivered. Last year more than 32,000, or 16.05 tons, of directories were recycled.
The contest begins Sept. 20, and continues through Oct. 13.
There are ten schools participating in the program this year where directories can be recycled in containers provided by Republic Services.
· Dundee Elementary, 420 Ypsilanti Street
· Edith Wagar Middle, 11200 Grafton Road
· Jefferson 5/6 Elementary, 5102 N. Stoney Creek Road
· North Elementary, 8281 N. Dixie Highway
· Ritter Elementary, 5650 Carleton-South Rockwood Road
· St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School, 8125 Swan Creek Road
· St. Joseph Catholic School, 2238 Manhattan Street
· St. Patrick Catholic School, 2970 W. Labo Road
· Summerfield Elementary, 232 E. Elm Street
· Waterloo Elementary, 1933 S. Custer Road
A total of $1,600 will be awarded among the schools participating in this year’s challenge by YP, the local search, media and advertising company which offers the Monroe County YP Real Yellow PagesSM, the YP.comSM site, and the YPSM app. Prizes will be awarded to the top three schools, with $400 going to the school collecting the most directories, $300 for second place, and $200 for third place. Schools finishing fourth through tenth will each receive $100.
Monroe County Residents and Businesses Can Control Phone Directory Delivery!
Choose which phone directories you receive, or even stop directory delivery altogether.
Simply click on the green "Opt-Out of the Yellow Pages" button, enter your zip code and follow the prompts to make your choice. Once complete, you will be sent a confirmation email. Be sure to click the link embedded in the confirmation email to finalize your request.
As the industry's official website to manage requests, all Local Search Association and the Association of Directory Publishers member companies are committed to honoring requests made through the Opt-Out web portal. The information gathered through the site will not be sold to third-parties and it will be used solely to update publishers' delivery information.
Earth Day 2014
The ninth annual Earth Day celebration will be held April 5th from 10am-2pm at the Expo Center at the Monroe County Fairgrounds. The event is a great opportunity for the entire family to learn about living green in Monroe County. If your group or business has a green message to share please contact Ms. Dean at email@example.com. Exhibitor space is free and registrations will be accepted until March 1, 2014. Sponsorships for the event are also accepted.
The event is free and open to the public and will feature free refreshments and entertainment, and a prize drawing. Please plan on joining us on April 5th.
Come learn about living green in Monroe County.
RecycleNOW LOCATIONS AND TIMES
RecycleNOW bins are now located at the following locations on the designated days:
Dundee Kroger, 571 East Monroe St., Dundee, 8 am - 4 pm - 1st Tuesday of the month
St. Joseph Church, 2238 Manhattan Rd., Erie, 8 am - 4 pm - 2nd Tuesday of the month
Meijer, 1700 North Telegraph Rd., Monroe, 8 am - 4 pm - 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th Wednesday of the month
Monroe Township Hall, 4925 E. Dunbar Road, Monroe, 8 am - 4 pm - 2nd Saturday of the month
St. Paul Lutheran Church, 9144 Lewis Ave., Temperance, 8 am - 4 pm - 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month
The following items can be recycled at the RecycleNOW locations: types 1 and 2 plastic, glass, aluminum, tin and license plates. Newspapers are accepted at the Monroe and Lambertville Kroger locations only. These sites only accept containers that held food, beverages, detergent or bleach.
To find out dates, locations and what materials to recycle view the RecycleNow October 2013 through January 2014 Flyer.
Household Hazardous Waste Collections
Household Hazardous Waste Collection events are completed for 2013. To view more information on Household Hazardous Waste, including what can be accepted at a collection, please visit the Household Hazardous Waste page. The dates and locations for 2014 will be posted in the Spring of 2014, please check back then.
The Monroe County Solid Waste Program assisted with collection of over 2,300 passenger tires during the only tire collection event scheduled for the 2012 calendar year. If you have passenger tires, tractor/trailer tires or farm implement tires that you would like to recycle, you can contact Jason Childress at 734-240-7900 for information on where these can be properly disposed during the normal course of the year.
There will be a one day event later in the spring. It is a requirement that you complete registration prior to this event. The dates of the registration are as follows:
Registration Required - Please check back in the Spring of 2014 for updated information.
Registration is now closed
Limit of 7 tires per household
Medication Waste Disposal
Nearly 4 billion prescriptions are filled in the United States every year, and it has been estimated that as much as a third of the dispensed medication is unused -- leading to potentially 200 million pounds of pharmaceutical that could adversely affect the environment if disposed of improperly. Studies have demonstrated that pharmaceuticals are present in our nation's waterways, and further research suggests that certain drugs may cause ecological harm. In addition, leaving unwanted medications around the house presents a danger to children, guests and pets. Reducing access to prescription medication is a strategy to address prescription drug abuse among community youth. Proper disposal of pharmaceuticals at medication take back events or drop off locations are one way that you can protect the environment and your family.
Red Med Bin Program for Medication Waste Disposal
Residents now have access to disposal of expired or unwanted medications at 6 locations through the Red Med Bin disopsal program. This is an expansion of a medication collection program which began in 2009.
Accepted materials include unwanted or expired prescription and over the counter medicines, medication samples, cold and flu medications, unopened epi-pens and veterinary medications. Please bring all medicines in their original containers with personal information blacked out. No sharps of any type will be accepted. Other unaccepted items include personal care items such as soaps and shampoos, empty containers, thermometers and used epi-pens. (Mercury thermometers can be accepted at the following pharmacies: Macomb Pharmacy located at Mercy Memorial Hospital, Medicinne Shoppe Pharmacy in Lambertville and Monroe County Health Department in Monroe.)
Red Med Bin Locations (Please call ahead for hours of operation if not listed below):
City of Monroe Police Department
Monroe Post of the Michigan State Police - Open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Monroe County Sheriff Office Bedford Substation
Erie Township Police Station
Village of Dundee Police Station - Open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. -5 p.m.
Village of Carleton Police Station - Open Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-3:30 a.m.
Monroe County Solid Waste CFL Recycling Program
You can recycle your CFL (compact fluorescent light) bulbs at several locations around the county. For more information on CFL bulbs and the impact these have on energy savings and the environment, where to recycle and how to clean up a broken bulb, please read the Monroe County CFL Flier.
Monroe County CFL Recycling Locations:
Dundee Ace Hardware – 545 E. Monroe St., Dundee
Lambertville Do it Best Hardware – 8100 Secor Rd., Lambertville
St. Pierre Ace Hardware – 1490 Stewart Rd., Monroe
Baker’s Ace Hardware – 905 N. Dixie Hwy., Monroe
Banas Hardware – 8771 Ida-Maybee Rd., Monroe
Petersburg True Value Hardware – 64 Saline St., Petersburg
Collection Site for Electronic Waste
The Monroe County Solid Waste Program and the Habitat for Humanity Restore are partnering to offer collection of electronic waste on an ongoing basis. The Restore will be accepting computer systems, monitors, CPU's, printers, keyboards, peripherals, laptops and televisions. The Habitat for Humanity Restore is located at 840 LaPlaisance Road in Monroe. They will accept materials from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm Tuesday through Saturday, they are closed on Sunday and Monday. Since the inception of the program, over 1,000,000 pounds of electronics have been recycled. For questions, please contact the Restore at (734) 243-1108 or the Monroe County Recycling and Green Community Program Coordinator at (734) 240-7909 or visit this page.
Paper Shredding Events*
Dates for Secure Document Shred Events for 2013 are as follows:
September 28, 8am-noon, Bedford Township Hall, 8100 Jackman Rd., Temperance
October 1, 2013 Noon-3 pm, Milan Senior Center, 45 Neckel Court, Milan, MI 48160
*There is a limit of 100 pounds per vehicle.
ENVIRONMENTAL FUND GRANT PROGRAM
The Monroe County Environmental Fund is a grant program to provide resources to foster the development of a sustainable community; enhance, restore or protect natural surroundings; promote utilization of green technology and planning tools; and progress environmental stewardship in Monroe County.
Environmental Fund Grant Scoring Guidelines (pdf)
Environmental Fund Grant Proposal Budget (pdf)
Environmental Fund Grant Proposal Budget (Word document)
Environmental Fund Grant Guidelines (pdf)
Environmental Fund Grant Guidelines (Word document)
Environmental Fund Grant Reporting Requirements (pdf)
ANY QUESTIONS, COMPLAINTS, OR PROBLEMS
Please contact Monroe County Recycling and Green Community Program Coordinator
Jamie Dean (734) 240-7909
Monroe County Environmental Health Division
2353 S. Custer Rd, Monroe, MI 48161-2234