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 Welcome to the Office of Recycling and Green Community Programs

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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   


JUST ANNOUNCED – MONROE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS TO SPONSOR TWO MEDICATION TAKE BACK EVENTS

In response to the epidemic of prescription drug and heroin abuse in the County, the Monroe County Board of Commissioners are sponsoring two Medication Take Back Events for county residents to safely dispose of unwanted or expired medications. The events will be held:

May 28 2-7 PM Mercy Memorial Hospital, 718 N. Macomb Street, Monroe

July 15 2-7 PM Carr Park Community Center, 9240 Lewis Avenue, Temperance

Residents are encouraged to bring any unwanted or expired prescription and over the counter medications, medication samples, personal care products and veterinary medications. No medical waste; including sharps or syringes will be accepted. Please bring all medications in their original container with any personal information blacked out.

It is essential to properly dispose of medications. Flushing or tossing unwanted medications could contaminate water supplies and harm wildlife. Medications tossed in the trash can possibly be stolen and abused, and leaving unwanted medications around and 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.


 

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 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.  Green, Emerald or Evergreen School Michigan Green School Application in pdf or word

GREEN SCHOOLS 2014: 

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

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 Expo was held April 5th at the MB&T Expo Center.  The event featured over 60 different exhibitors and drew hundreds of attendees.  Earth Day will be celebrated in Monroe County on April 25, 2015.  For information on reserving FREE exhibit space or to be a sponsor please email Jamie Dean at Jamie_dean@monroemi.org.  Promote your green business or organization!


 RecycleNOW LOCATIONS AND TIMES

ATTENTION - RECYCLE SCHEDULE CHANGE
 

Effective May 2014, the RecycleNOW drop-off recycling bins will be available at the Bedford Township Hall, 8100 Jackman Road, Temperance, on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday 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, 7AM-6PM

First and Third Tuesday of the month: Bridgepoint Church, 9875 Lewis Ave., Temperance, 7AM-6PM

Second Tuesday of the month: St. Joseph Catholic Church, 2238 Manhattan St., Erie, 7AM-6PM

Second and Fourth Tuesday of the month: Bedford Township Hall, 8100 Jackman Road, Temperance, 7AM-6PM

Every Saturday & Sunday: Monroe Charter Township Hall, 4925 W. Dunbar Rd., Monroe, 8AM-5PM

 
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 June 2014 through September 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:

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 2,500 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 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.


 

 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
 
 

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