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Materials & 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, CFL & LED Recycling
Cell Phone Recycling
Earth Day
Electronics Recycling
Environmental Fund Grant
Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)
Medication Disposal
Mercury Thermometers
Michigan Green Schools
Motor Oil
Our Water 
Paper Shredding
RecycleNOW - Free Drop-Off Recycling  
Solid Waste Management Plan Amendment
Tire Recycling

The First "R" is Reduce for a reason. The most effective way to reduce waste is to not create it in the first place. Put another way, the most sustainable product is the one you don't buy. Making a new product requires a lot of materials and energy - raw materials must be extracted from the earth, and the product must be fabricated then transported to wherever it will be sold. As a result, reduction and reuse are the most effective ways you can save natural resources, protect the environment and save money. For more on what you can do, click here: https://www.epa.gov/recycle

Fall 2019 RecycleNOW newsletter - Recycling events info
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For a general overview of how recycling works, click here for the Recycling 101 booklet!

"Like" the Monroe County Health Department on Facebook for updates on future recycling events

 Michigan Green Schools Program
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Michigan Green Schools is a non-profit 501(c)3 agency dedicated to assisting all Michigan schools – public and private – achieve environmental goals which include protecting the air, land, water and animals of our state along with world outreach through good ecological practices and the teaching of educational stewardship of students pre-kindergarten through senior high school.

 2018-2019 GREEN SCHOOLS
Congrats and keep up the great green work!!!

Dundee Elementary School
Fred W. Ritter Elementary
Meadow Montessori School
Monroe County Intermediate School District
North Elementary School
St. John the Baptist, Elementary School
St. Mary Middle School Campus
St. Michael the Archangel, Early Elementary School
St. Patrick Catholic School
St. Joseph Catholic School
Sterling Elementary School

Bedford Junior High School
Eyler Elementary School
Sodt Elementary School
Triumph Academy

Dundee Middle School
Dundee High School
Mason Central Elementary School

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

Green School applications, ideas, and more can be found here.

Green School Resource Guide HERE

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 was previously recognized as an official Michigan Green School, you need to reapply each year as green status is designated on an annual basis.  

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


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

Earth Day Expo 2020  


April 25th 11 am - 2 pm at the Monroe County Community College - Gerald Welch Health Ed. Building.  

Join the celebration of our planet and all things green at the Monroe County Earth Day Expo! This free family-friendly event has activities for everyone and includes prize drawings, entertainment, and educational exhibits focused on living sustainably. Also featured at the event will be environmental education efforts underway in our schools, including the Michigan Green Schools Program and a student project focused on climate literacy. Please mark your calendar and join us in April 2020!

The Expo is also looking for sponsors and exhibitors focused on the environment, health and wellness, and sustainability. Please email Dan_Rock@monroemi.org or call 734-240-7909 for more info!

 Free RecycleNOW Drop-off Locations and Times

The RecycleNOW program accepts flattened cardboard, paper, metal cans, plastic and glass bottles, and jugs. Please make sure your recyclables are empty, clean, and dryRecycleNOW is a single stream program which means all items go loosely, not bagged or stuffed into other items, into one bin. They'll be sorted at the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF).

Want to recycle right? Click here: Recycling Simplified

NO PLASTIC BAGS should ever go in the bins. Plastic bags are the number one contaminant in single-stream recycling. If it's stretchy plastic or you can poke your finger through it, then it doesn't belong in the bin. Plastic bags can break the sorting machines at the recycling facility, decrease the value of the recyclables, cause them to take up more space, and are dangerous for workers who have to remove them by hand from the sorting mechanisms.

Plastic bags are also among the most common sources of marine debris, where they can be mistaken as food by birds and fish. They don't biodegrade and can't be recycled in your curbside recycling bins. However, you can recycle them along with bubble wrap and other stretchy plastic at local retail stores such as Meijer, Target, Kohl's, Lowe's, Kroger, Walmart, and more! Click here for examples of plastic bags, wraps and other plastic films that can be recycled in those storefront bins.

Curious what happens to all those recyclables you put in the bin? They're taken to a Materials Recovery Facility or MRF, you can find out more by clicking on the following video!

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Bins are available from 7 am - 6 pm. 

  • Every Tuesday: Bedford Township Hall, 8100 Jackman Rd., Temperance
  • Every Wednesday: Monroe Charter Township Hall, 4925 E. Dunbar Rd., Monroe
  • First & Third Monday 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 & Thursday: Stevens Disposal, 16929 Ida West Rd, Petersburg
NOTE: If RecycleNOW day falls on a Holiday, this will usually cause a one day delay during that week 

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Recycling guidlines


2019 Household Hazardous Waste Collections

Four Household Hazardous Waste Collection events are scheduled for 2019. These events are free of charge and open to Monroe County residents only; business waste will not be accepted. Acceptable materials include, but are not limited to: sharps in rigid sealed containers, pesticides, fertilizers, automotive fluids, cleaning products, paints, flammable items, all types of batteries, mercury-containing items, smoke alarms, and fluorescent bulbs. To view more information on Household Hazardous Waste, including what is accepted at a collection, please visit the Household Hazardous Waste page.

Although can be disposed of with regular trash but when completely dry. Doing this saves program funding. This allows the use of funds raised for an HHW collection to be used for their intended purpose, to dispose of toxic and hazardous wastes. Kitty litter can quickly dry out latex paint when mixed at a 1:1 ration. Click below to learn more.

Click here to learn how to safely dispose of latex paint at home.

The dates and locations are as follows:

Bedford Township Hall: 8100 Jackman Rd, Temperance, MI 48182


June 20th, Thursday, 3 pm -7 pm 
HHW only


Sept. 21st, Saturday, 8 am -12 pm
HHW and Shredding 


  Monroe Charter Township Hall: 4925 E Dunbar Rd, Monroe, MI 48161


May 11th, Saturday, 8 am -12 pm
HHW only


August 13th, Tuesday, 3 pm -7 pm
HHW and Shredding



What do we do with all that Household Hazardous Waste?

Tire Recycling Collections
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Monroe County residents will again have multiple opportunities to recycle unwanted passenger vehicle tires through a program offered by the Monroe County Recycling & Green Community Program, the Monroe County Drain Commission and the DEQ Scrap Tire Cleanup Grant. 

2019 dates are as follows:

April 24th

May 29th

June 26th

July 31st

The collections will be held the last Wednesday of the month from April through July at the Monroe County Drain Commission Office, 1005 South Raisinville Road, 9 AM – 12 PM or until the trailer is full. The dates and hours above 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 10 tires 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 Disposal

4.25 billion prescriptions are filled in the United States every year, and it is estimated that 3% to 7% of medications intended for patients goes unused. That's millions of pounds of pharmaceuticals that could adversely affect the environment if disposed of improperly.  Studies have shown 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 community.

Got sharps? Click here for information on proper disposal. They can also be brought to our HHW drop-offs, but ONLY in a hard sealed container. 

2019 Medication Take Back and Free/ Low-Cost Health Screenings, all events 8 AM - 12 PM:

  • May 2nd - Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church
  • May 9th - Dundee Assembly of God Church
  • October 17th - Redeemer Baptist Church
  • November 7th - Carleton United Methodist Church

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

Red Med Box 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 liquids or 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.

 Battery and Bulb Recycling Program

You can recycle your CFL (the spiral ones), LED bulbs and batteries at several locations around the county.  
Monroe County CFL, LED, and Battery Recycling Locations: 

  • Dundee Ace Hardware – 545 E. Monroe St., Dundee (accepts batteries and bulbs)
  • Lambertville Do it Best Hardware – 8100 Secor Rd., Lambertville (bulbs only)
  • St. Pierre Ace Hardware – 1490 Stewart Rd., Monroe (accepts batteries and bulbs)
  • Baker’s Ace Hardware – 905 N. Dixie Hwy., Monroe (accepts batteries and bulbs)
  • Kroger Stores:
    571 E. Monroe St. Dundee (batteries only)
    3462 W. Sterns Rd. Lambertville (batteries only)
  • Monroe County Health Department - 2353 S. Custer Road (accepts batteries and bulbs)

Batteries contain heavy metals and corrosive chemicals that can be dangerous to the environment, and health of the public, if not disposed of properly. Half of the mercury, 65% of the lead and 75% of the cadmium, in residential trash is from discarded batteries.  While each battery has only a small amount of these compounds, as a community we discard nearly 1.5 million batteries every year.  Unfortunately, the things we commonly do to dispose of residential solid waste does not keep these materials from affecting the environment.  Home trash burning puts pollutants in the air immediately.  Even landfills, the most common destination of solid waste in Monroe County, could possibly leak pollutants into the water table over time.  Monroe County consumers can do their part by choosing better disposal options for batteries.

Click here to learn what happens to all those batteries.
Please observe the following DOs and DON'Ts at the drop-off locations.

  • Do not leave batteries over 12 volts.
  • Do bag button batteries.
  • Do tape across the positive (+) and negative (–) contacts or place batteries in a plastic bag if the electrical contacts are on the same side (as a common 9V battery).
  • Don't place batteries outside the collection receptacle.
  • Do make sure the battery is discharged (has no power left).
  • Don't disassemble batteries before placing in a receptacle.
  • Don't include cracked or leaking batteries.


 Electronics Recycling


The Recycling and Green Community Program in partnership with the Habitat for Humanity Restore offer 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.  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 Shredding Events coincide with two of our Household Hazardous Waste collections:

  • August 13th, 3 pm - 7 pm  - Monroe Township Hall - 4925 E Dunbar Rd, Monroe
  • September 21st, 8 am -12 pm  - Bedford Township Hall - 8100 Jackman Road, Temperance

***There is a limit of 100 pounds per vehicle***

Additionally, most office supply stores offer secure document shredding for $1/lb  

Staples (734) 457-0135 and UPS store (734) 240-1163 Both offer the service


 Environmental Fund Grant Program

The Monroe County Environmental Fund is a grant program to provide and leverage resources to foster the development of a sustainable community. The goal of this program is to enhance, restore or protect natural surroundings, promote utilization of green technology and planning tools, and catalyze progress towards environmental stewardship. 

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.

Click here for Environmental Fund Grant application materials 


Please contact the Monroe County Recycling and Green Community Program

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

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