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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

Michigan Green Schools Resource Guide.

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. 

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

Monroe County-area schools, led by Summerfield Elementary, collected more than 9 tons of outdated telephone directories in the fourth annual YP Project ReDirectory® phone book recycling school challenge. 

The ten participating schools collected 9.04 tons of directories, with Summerfield Elementary collecting the most, 5.61 tons, earning them the top prize of $400. 

Prizes totaling $1,600 were awarded by YP, the local search, media and advertising company that offers the Monroe County YP Real Yellow PagesSM directory, the YP.comSM site, and the free YPSM app.

The complete results from this year’s challenge are:

School                                                                   2013 Weights       Prizes

Summerfield Elementary School                        5.61 tons              $400 
Waterloo Elementary School 0.63 tons  $300 
St. Patrick Catholic School 0.61 tons  $200
St. Joseph Catholic School  0.56 tons $100 
St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School  0.36 tons  $100
Ritter Elementary School  0.27 tons  $100 
Jefferson 5/6 Elementary School  0.27 tons  $100 
North Elementary School  0.26 tons  $100 
Edith Wagar Middle School  0.26 tons $100 
Dundee Elementary School  0.21 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 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 jamie_dean@monroemi.org.  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.

Earth Day  

Earth Day



Beginning in March the Recycle bins will be available as follows:
Dundee Kroger, 571 East Monroe St., Dundee, 8am-4pm - 1st Tuesday of the month
St. Joseph Church, 2238 Manhattan Rd., Erie, 8am-4pm - 2nd Tuesday of the month
Bridgepoint Church, 9875 Lewis Ave., Temperance, 8am-4pm - 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month
Monroe Township Hall, 4925 E. Dunbar Rd., Monroe - 8 am - 4 pm every Saturday
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 2014 through May 2014.

Household Hazardous Waste Collections

Four Household Hazardous Waste Collection events are scheduled for 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 2014 are as follows:

April 12 - 8am-noon - Monroe County Drain Commission, 1005 South Raisinville Road, Monroe
June 18 - 3 pm - 7pm - Bedford Township Hall, 8100 Jackman Road, Temperance
August 18 - 3 pm - 7 pm, Monroe County Community College, 1555 South Raisinville Road, Monroe
October 4 - 8am - noon, Bedford Township Hall, 8100 Jackman Road, Temperance


Tire Collection 

The Monroe County Solid Waste Program assisted with collection of over 2,300 passenger tires during the only tire collection event scheduled for the 2013 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 on Tire Recycling Event in 2014.  Registration will be open from April 1, 2014 -- April 25, 2014.  Registration is REQUIRED to participate in this event.  There is a limit of 7 passenger tires per household.

Register for tire recyclingThe date and location of the event will be revealed at the time of registration.

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.

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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 Shred  

Paper Shredding Events*

Dates for Secure Document Shred Events for 2014 are as follows:

August 18, 3 pm- 7 pm, Monroe County Community College, 1555 South Raisinville Road, Monroe

*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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