Waste Knot Program

Waste Knot trash can

About Waste Knot

A collection of businesses, schools, government agencies, and non-profit organizations committed to reducing waste and protecting the environment.

Waste Knot is part of Washtenaw County's Environmental Excellence Partnership Program.


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The Waste Knot Program

The Waste Knot Program provides help to organizations that would like to reduce their waste and increase their recycling. Waste Knot also recognizes businesses in the community that lead in waste reduction through the Environmental Excellence Awards.

Waste Knot applications go through a screening process for eligibility. Eligible applicants schedule a site visit and a meeting with our Waste Knot coordinator, where you discuss your waste and recycling logistics, purchasing options, stakeholder education, and waste reduction opportunities. Each organization then receives a personalized Waste Reduction Action Plan and welcome letter. Waste Knot uses the “3Ps – Practice, Purchase, Policy” framework for the waste reduction action plan. 


Our partners include retail stores, office-based businesses, faith-based organizations, schools, and more. 

Many organizations find that reducing waste also reduces costs. Integrating waste reduction and recycling, sustainability and community leadership into  business practices can lead to profitability. According to The Recycling Partnership, 7 out of 10 Americans will go out of their way to support a company that makes strong efforts to be sustainable.

So join over 300 partners currently leading the way in Washtenaw County!

Waste Reduction Project Funding 

Whether or not you’re a Waste Knot partner, Washtenaw County may have funding to help with your waste reduction projects. Visit our page on Waste Reduction Sponsorships to find out more information and how to apply.