Business Recycling

If you are looking to contract a recycling provider to take away your recycling, the municipality you pay taxes to determines your options. Recycle Ann Arbor provides curbside recycling for businesses within Ann Arbor city limits. Some other locations have a preferred recycling hauler with which you will need to contract. Have other businesses nearby? Ask what they do and see if you can share a contract.

Washtenaw County offers help with business recycling in multiple ways:

Clean Sweep Program Pesticde Disposal

Clean Sweep

The Clean Sweep Program provides free pesticide disposal for Michigan businesses and residents.  Follow the link to learn about the program, what is accepted, and how to make an appointment.

Waste Knot with a cartoon garbage can

Waste Knot Program

The Waste Knot Program provides recognition, technical assistance, and education to businesses, schools, governmental agencies, and non-profit organizations. These organizations demonstrate leadership in waste reduction and recycling, which protects our environment and improves their bottom line. This program is part of the Environmental Excellence Partnership Program (E2P2).

  • Green Pages E2P2 Directory: A listing of local businesses and organizations that are members of our Environmental Excellence Partnership Program.
  • Environmental Excellence Awards ProgramRecognizes businesses and non-profit organizations in Washtenaw County that practice environmentally sound behavior in the areas of water quality protection, waste reduction, and recycling, and pollution prevention. Awards are provided once each year.
  • Michigan Materials Marketplace: A marketplace that helps organizations find markets for their recyclable material and manufacturers find recycled material to use.
  • Hospitality Environmental Benefits Calculator: The Northeast Waste Management Officials’ Association (NEWMOA) offers a free calculator for hotels to estimate the financial and environmental benefits of sustainable practices. 
  • Shrink Wrap Recycling: Washtenaw County Solid Waste works with local marinas to recycle high- and low-density polyethylene, or Number 2 and Number 4 plastics, also known as boat shrink-wrap. Contact the Solid Waste Program at 734-222-6860 for more information.
  • Thumb Bioenergy - used cooking oil collection: Thumb Bioenergy partners with over 800 restaurants throughout Michigan to collect used cooking oil. The cooking oil is turned into premium biodiesel.