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 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:

Battery Recycling 

Cell Phone Recycling
CFL Recycling

Drop Off Recycling

Earth Day

Electronic Waste

Household Hazardous Waste
Medication Disposal

Mercury Thermometers

Motor Oil

Our Water 

Paper Recycling
Tire Recycling

Phone Book Recycling
Yard Waste   

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Commercial Recycling Survey-A recycling and a solid waste data management tool Ecoville snapshot smaller version 

 Ecoville - Monroe County - Your on-line destination for local recycling

                                                  and sustainability information.  


 Solid Waste Resource Guide


 Michigan Green Schools Challenge

Is your school
GREENWould 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 in pdf or word. 

Applications are due March 2, 2015.


Evergreen Level Certification - Edith Wagar Middle School, Jefferson 5/6 Elementary, Meadow Montessori School, Monroe County ISD, Ritter Elementary School, St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School, St. John the Baptist Elementary, St. Joseph Catholic School, St. Mary Middle School Campus, St. Michael the Archangel Early Elementary, St. Patrick Catholic School, Sodt Elementary School, Summerfield Elementary School and Waterloo Elementary School.

Emerald Level Certification – Dundee High and Dundee Middle School, North Elementary School

Green Level Certification – Dundee Elementary School and Eyler Elementary School 

Phone Book Recycling Program

Congratulations to the 12 Monroe County schools that participated in the fifth annual YP Phone Directory Recycling Challenge - a total of 6.62 tons of books were collected.  Summerfield Elementary won first place, collecting 2.13 tons.  

School                                                                  2014 Weights       Prizes

Summerfield Elementary School                             2.13 tons             $400

St. Joseph Catholic School                                      0.60 tons             $300

St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School                    0.59 tons             $200

Monroe Catholic Elementary Schools                     0.50 tons             $100

Waterloo Elementary School                                   0.49 tons             $100   

Dundee Elementary School                                      0.39 tons             $100

Monroe County Intermediate School District           0.39 tons             $100

Sodt Elementary School                                           0.36 tons             $100

Ritter Elementary School                                         0.35 tons             $100

Jefferson 5/6 Elementary School                             0.34 tons             $100

North Elementary School                                        0.30 tons             $100

St. Patrick Catholic School                                      0.18 tons             $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 2015  

Earth Day Events Being Planned – Exhibitors Wanted

Monroe County Earth Day Expo Planning Committee is accepting registrations for exhibitors for the 2015 Earth Day Expo to be held on Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 10 am to 2 pm. at the MBT Expo Center.  This year marks the tenth annual celebration of Earth Day in Monroe County.

This year’s Earth Expo will again promote local green living by emphasizing buying and living locally and educate residents on everyday actions they can take to help restore and protect our community and the Earth. New this year, the Expo is also looking for exhibitors in the health and wellness field to promote the connection between green living and personal health and wellness to support the “Healthy Planet, Healthy You” theme.  

Earth Expo activities are family-friendly and include, prize drawings, entertainment, educational exhibits, crafts and activities for children.  Best of all, they are FREE! Monroe County Recycling and Green Community Program, River Raisin Institute, the Monroe County Library System, Mercy Memorial Hospital and the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary are coordinating this event.  The Expo is a fantastic opportunity to promote your business or organization with over 600 visitors expected to attend!  Please plan to join the celebration on April 25.

Registrations are being accepted until March 20, 2015 for those interested in reserving a free exhibit space. The Expo planning committee is also seeking groups, businesses or individuals who would like to be a sponsor of the event.  To register as an exhibitor or sponsor, contact Jamie Dean at (734) 240-7909 or Jamie_dean@monroemi.org.  



Effective February 2015, the RecycleNOW drop-off recycling bins will be available at the Monroe Charter Township Hall, 4925 W. Dunbar Road, Monroe, MI, on each Wednesday of the month between the hours of 7AM-6PM. 

The new full monthly schedule is as follows: 

First Tuesday of the month: Dundee Kroger, 571 E. Monroe St., Dundee 

First, Third and Fifth Tuesday of the month: Bridgepoint Church, 9875 Lewis Ave.,Temperance 

Second & Fourth Tuesday of the month: Bedford Township Hall, 8100 Jackman Rd., Temperance 

Second Tuesday of the month: St. Joseph Catholic Church, 2238 Manhattan St., Erie 

Every Wednesday: Monroe Charter Township Hall, 4925 W. Dunbar Road, Monroe  

The following items can be recycled at the RecycleNOW locations: plastics type 1-7, newspaper, magazines, paperboard boxes, glass, tin, aluminum, milk and juice cartons, soft cover books, paper.
To find out dates, locations and what materials to recycle view the  RecycleNow February 2015 through May 2015.

Household Hazardous Waste Collections

Four Household Hazardous Waste Collection events were completed in 2014.  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 2015 will be posted in the spring of 2015. 

Tire Collection 

The Monroe County Solid Waste 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. 

Registration is closed for the only tire collection event of 2014.  Check back in the spring of 2015 for possible collections in 2015.

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 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.

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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*      

Paper Shred

Dates for Secure Document Shred Events for 2014 are completed.  Please check back in 2015 for additional opportunities.

*There is a limit of 100 pounds per vehicle.


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)  


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

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