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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 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:

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
Phone Book Recycling
Solid Waste Plan Amendment
Tire Recycling
Yard Waste

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Have something to recycle? Look for a recycling solution here: http://search.earth911.com/

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 can be found HERE. 

Applications will be accepted between January 1st and March 1, 2016.


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 dan_rock@monroemi.org  

Earth Day 2016  

Earth Expo: April 23rd from 10am - 2pm at the MBT Expo Center

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 2016 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.



Click the following for the Earth Expo Flyer 

 Expo flyer


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. 

Printable guide of acceptable materials


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 (NEW DATE) -  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


Tire Collection

In 2016, we will again hold tire collection events on the last Wednesday of each month (April through August) on the following dates: April 27th, May 25th, June 29th, July 27th, and August 31st. The collection will take place from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm 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):

Red Med Box image

Monroe also has three Yellow Jug Old Drugs participating pharmacies across the County. Yellow Jug Old Drugs ® is a program operated by Great Lakes Clean Water Organization to collect and properly dispose of unwanted/unused drugs in a safe and approved manner to help keep our water clean: 
  • Crary Drug Inc, Temperance - (734) 847-6788 - accepts controlled substances 
  • Bedford Wellness Pharmacy - (formally The Medicine Shoppe), Lambertville - (734) 856-9123
  • Mercy Memorial Macomb Pharmacy - (734) 240-4100

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:

 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 accept 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*      

Paper Shred

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.


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)  


Please contact Monroe County Recycling and Green Community Program Coordinator

Dan Rock (734) 240-7909 or dan_rock@monroemi.org

Monroe County Environmental Health Division
2353 S. Custer Rd, Monroe, MI  48161-2234

Office of Recycling and Green Community
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