Waste Reduction Sponsorships

The Washtenaw County Board of Public Works (BPW), Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners, and the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) approved the 2017 Solid Waste Plan (SWP). The SWP sets forth a set of goals and principles for reducing waste and increasing landfill diversion within Washtenaw County. The BPW created a new committee to provide input, guidance, and direction, and technical advice for implementation of the SWP called the Plan Implementation Advisory Committee (PIAC).

In furtherance of the goals and objectives related to eliminating waste, the BPW and the PIAC have created the Waste Reduction Sponsorships. Waste Reduction Sponsorships are available to all organizations that serve Washtenaw County residents and seek funds for projects related to the goals of the 2017 Solid Waste Plan.

Businesses, municipalities, authorities, 501(c)(3) non-profits, community organizations, formally organized neighborhood groups, and other organizations are encouraged to apply.

Waste Reduction Sponsorship Application Process

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2017 Washtenaw County Solid Waste Plan Goals

All projects seeking sponsorship from Washtenaw County must further the goals of the SWP, below (available on page 9 of the plan). Each goal has a robust set of objectives, provided in more detail on pages 57-60.

  1. Reduce the overall amount of municipal solid waste (MSW) generated per capita in Washtenaw County by 5% in the year 2022 and by 10% in the year 2027, with a target of working towards zero waste. 
  2. Increase municipal solid waste diversion rates from current levels (33%) to 38% in 2022 and 43% in 2027, with a target of 100% diversion.
  3. Develop, support, and monitor comprehensive education, outreach, and feedback programs to achieve the goals of this Plan.
  4. Ensure the safe, lawful and efficient management of municipal solid waste.
  5. Operate collaboratively within the County and regionally outside of the County for a comprehensive sustainable materials management strategy. 

Sponsorship Types

All sponsorships have a minimum match requirement of 50% of project costs - more details available in the application process document linked above.

  • Small - $4,000 or less in sponsorship requested; total project $8,000 or less
  • Medium - $4,000.01 to $9,999.99 requested, total project $8,000.01-$19,999.99 
  • Large - $10,000 to $200,000 requested, total project $20,000 and above

Projects which significantly expedite progress towards the goals of the 2017 SWMP, such as a sponsorship for a regional Materials Recovery Facility or additional Drop Off Stations can be eligible for additional funds. Please contact the Public Works Manager at (734) 222-6864.

Application Requirements

Find all requirements in the Application Process document linked above.

Ready to Apply?

Use the application form here