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 Program 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
Solid Waste Plan Amendment
Commercial Recycling Survey-A recycling and a solid waste data management tool
Ecoville - Monroe County - Your on-line destination for local recycling
and sustainability information.
Solid Waste Resource Guide
Michigan Green Schools Challenge
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.
Michigan Green Schools Resource Guide.
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. Green, Emerald or Evergreen School Michigan Green School Application can be found HERE.
Applications will be accepted between January 1st and March 1, 2016.
GREEN SCHOOLS 2015:
Evergreen - Edith Wagar Middle School, Eyler Elementary School, Jefferson 5/6 Elementary School, Meadow Montessori School, Monroe County ISD, Ritter Elementary School, St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School, St. John the Baptist Early Elementary, St. Mary Middle School Campus, St. Michael the Archangel Early Elementary School, St. Joseph Catholic School, St. Patrick Catholic School, Sodt Elementary School, Waterloo Elementary School
Emerald - North Elementary School, Sterling Elementary School, Summerfield Elementary School
Green - Dundee Elementary School Dundee Middle School, Dundee High School
For questions or more information, please contact: Dan Rock (734) 240-7909 or email@example.com
Earth Day 2016
Earth Day Events Being Planned for April 23rd– Exhibitors Wanted!
This year’s Earth Expo will promote local green living by emphasizing buying and living locally and educating residents on everyday actions they can take to help restore and protect our community and the Earth. The Expo will feature exhibitors in the health and wellness field that promote the connection between green living and personal health and wellness to support the “Healthy Planet, Healthy You” theme.
Earth Day 2015 Sponsors – County of Monroe, Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, River Raisin Institute, Monroe County Library System, Monroe Family YMCA, ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital, DTE Energy Foundation and DTE Energy.
If you would like to be a sponsor, vendor or exhibitor at the event, please e-mail: Dan_Rock@monroemi.org or call 734-240-7909
Check back soon for more Earth Day 2016 information.
RecycleNOW LOCATIONS AND TIMES
Effective June 2015, the RecycleNOW drop-off recycling bins in Bedford Township that were located at the township hall and Bridgepoint Church will now be available at the Temperance Road Elementary, 1575 W. Temperance Road, Temperance, MI, on each Tuesday of the month between the hours of 7AM-6PM.
The following are acceptable items at RecycleNOW locations: plastics type 1, 2, 4, 5 and 7, newspaper, magazines, paperboard boxes, glass, tin, aluminum, milk and juice cartons, soft cover books, paper. Please, NO plastic bags as they clog the machines which sort the recycling.
The new monthly schedule is as follows:
First Tuesday of the month: Dundee Kroger, 571 E. Monroe St., Dundee
Second Tuesday of the month: St. Joseph Catholic Church, 2238 Manhattan St., Erie
Every Tuesday: Temperance Road Elementary; 1575 W. Temperance Road, Temperance
Every Wednesday: Monroe Charter Township Hall, 4925 E. Dunbar Road, Monroe
Household Hazardous Waste Collections
Four Household Hazardous Waste Collection events are scheduled for 2016. 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 2016 are as follows:
May 28 - 8 am-noon – Monroe Township Hall - 4925 E Dunbar Rd, Monroe
June 28 - 3 pm – 7 pm – Bedford Township Hall - 8100 Jackman Road, Temperance
August 16 - 3 pm – 7 pm – Monroe Township Hall - 4925 E Dunbar Rd, Monroe
September 17 – 8 am – noon – Bedford Township Hall - 8100 Jackman Road, Temperance
The Monroe County Recycling and Green Community Program assisted with collection of over 2,500 passenger tires during the only tire collection event scheduled for the 2014 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.
In 2016, we will again hold tire collection events. The collection will take place from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm on the last Wednesday of each month (April through October) at the Monroe County Drain Commissioners Office; 1005 S. Raisinville Road, Monroe, MI 48162. No registration is required. The location will be manned with volunteers to assist in the unloading of your tires. The site is also secure on hours that are not listed and dropping your tires at that location outside of the scheduled times could result in fines or prosecution to anyone that does.
*There is a limit of 20 tires per resident. Passenger vehicle tires only.
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 disposal 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 ProMedica Regional Hospital (formally Mercy Memorial Hospital), Medicine 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 Recycling and Green Community 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 Recycling and Green Community Program along with the Habitat for Humanity Restore are partnering to offer the 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.
Paper Shredding Events*
Secure Document Shred Events coincide with two of our Household Hazardous Waste collection events as follows:
- August 16, 2016 – 3 pm – 7 pm – Monroe Township Hall - 4925 E Dunbar Rd, Monroe
- September 17, 2016 – 8am – noon – Bedford Township Hall - 8100 Jackman Road, Temperance
*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 in environmental stewardship in Monroe County.
Please note: The Evaluation Committee meets two times each year, in April & November. In order for your request to be considered, it should be received by the fifteenth day of March & October. After review by the Evaluation Committee, final decisions will be made and grant recipients will be announced.
Environmental Fund Grant Scoring Guidelines
Environmental Fund Grant Proposal Budget (Word document)
Environmental Fund Grant Guidelines
Environmental Fund Grant Reporting Requirements (pdf)
ANY QUESTIONS, COMPLAINTS, OR PROBLEMS
Please contact Monroe County Recycling and Green Community Program Coordinator
Dan Rock (734) 240-7909 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Monroe County Environmental Health Division
Office of Recycling and Green Community
2353 S. Custer Rd, Monroe, MI 48161-2234