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Solid Waste Management

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 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 
Solid Waste Plan Amendment
Tire Recycling

2017 CALENDAR OF COLLECTION EVENTS -Household Hazardous Waste/Shredding
Recycle Now Newsletter - Spring 2017

"Like" the Monroe County Health Department on Facebook for updates on future recycling events
Earth911 - A great resource for all things green! 

 Michigan Green Schools Challenge

Take part in the Michigan Green Schools Program and join the growing Green School movement!

Michigan Green Schools Resource Guide

Schools which become an official Michigan Green School will receive a Green School flag, a 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 each year as green status is designated on an annual basis.  Michigan Green School Application can be found HERE. 

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

GREEN SCHOOLS 2016-2017, Congrats and keep up the great green work!!!

Evergreen - Arborwood Elementary, Edith Wagar Middle School, Eyler Elementary, Fred W. Ritter Elementary, Jefferson 5/6 Elementary, Meadow Montessori, Monroe County Intermediate School District, New Bedford Academy, 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, Sterling Elementary, Whiteford Agricultural Schools

Emerald - North Elementary, Sodt Elementary, Triumph Academy

Green - Mason Central Elementary 

For questions or more information, please contact: Dan Rock (734) 240-7909 or dan_rock@monroemi.org  


Earth Day 2017  

This year’s Earth Expo will be held April 8th at the Monroe County Community College Gerald Welch Health Education Building.  It 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.

If you would like to be a sponsor, vendor or exhibitor at the event, please fill out the Exhibitor Registration or call 734-240-7909.

For more info and agenda, see our Event Flyer

 RecycleNOW Drop-off Locations and Times

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 sorting machines at the recycling facility. It decreases the value of the recyclables and is dangerous for those who have to remove them.

Here's a handy 

Printable guide of acceptable materials

Bins are available from 7 am until 6 pm.

Every Tuesday: NOTE: As of April 4th, 2017- Temperance bins will be RELOCATED to behind Bedford Township Hall 8100 Jackman Rd. formerly at Temperance Road Elementary; 1575 W. Temperance Road, Temperance

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

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 

***2017 Household Hazardous Waste Collections***

Four Household Hazardous Waste Collection events are scheduled for 2017.  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 are as follows:

Bedford Township Hall: 8100 Jackman Rd, Temperance, MI 48182
Sat., June 17th, 8am - 12pm (Shredding, too)
Wed., Sept. 13th, 3 - 7pm

 Monroe Charter Township Hall: 4925 E Dunbar Rd, Monroe, MI 48161
Sat, May 13th, 8am - 12pm
Tues., Aug 1st, 3 - 7pm (Shredding, too)

Click Here for a List of Common Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Products

Tire Recycling Collections

Monroe County residents will have 4 opportunities in 2017 to recycle unwanted passenger vehicle tires through the tire recycling program offered by the Monroe County Recycling & Green Community Program and the Monroe County Drain Commission. The collections will be held the last Wednesday of each month from April through July at the Monroe County Drain Commission Office, 1005 South Raisinville Road, Monroe. Available dates for 2017 include: April 26th, May 31st, June 28th, July 26th. The site will be open each day from 9AM – 12PM or until the trailer is full. These dates and hours are the only times that tires can be left at the site. Tires will not be accepted at any other time; and leaving tires after hours is illegal dumping, which is considered to be a punishable offense. 

Participants are allowed to bring up to 20 tires per vehicle and collected tires will be recycled at no charge. All tires must be clean and off the rim. Only passenger vehicle or light truck tires will be accepted. This program is for Monroe County residents only. Tires from commercial sources will not be accepted. Residents who have large tires to recycle can call the Environmental Health Office at (734) 240-7900 for recycling information.

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. 

Medication Take Back and Free/ Low-Cost Health Screenings:

  • Thursday, June 8th, 8 AM - 12 PM at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church
  • Thursday, June 15th, 8 AM - 12 PM  at Dundee Assembly of God Church

Offered in partnership with the United Way of Monroe/Lenawee Counties. Visit www.unitedwaymlc.org for health services provided.

Red Med Bin Program for Medication Waste Disposal

Residents now have access to safe and proper 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 - 734-243-7500
  • Monroe Post of the Michigan State Police - Open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Monroe County Sheriff Office Bedford Substation - 734-847-6146
  • Erie Township Police Station - 734-848-4082
  • 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 Recycling

The Recycling and Green Community Program along with the Habitat for Humanity Restore partner to offer the FREE 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*      


Secure Document Shred Events coincide with two of our Household Hazardous Waste collection events as follows:

  • August 1, 3 pm – 7 pm - Monroe Township Hall - 4925 E Dunbar Rd, Monroe
  • June 17, 8am - 12pm - 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)  

For additional information or any questions:

Please contact Monroe County Recycling and Green Community Program Director

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

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