Waste Knot Program

Waste Knot is a program for businesses, schools, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and other organizations committed to reducing waste and protecting the environment. Waste Knot helps organizations to reduce their waste and increase their recycling, as well as recognize community leaders in waste reduction through the Environmental Excellence Awards. Our partners include retail stores, office-based businesses, faith-based organizations, schools, and more. 

Waste Knot trash can
Mike Maloney holds E2P2 Award in front of storefront.

Why Participate

Reducing waste can also reduce your costs. 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.

Large group of people pose with recently awarded E2P2 award

How to Apply

  1. Fill out an online application or Email E2P2 to schedule an appointment. 
  2. Meet with our Waste Knot coordinator for an on-site assessment.
    1. During the assessment, you discuss your waste logistics, purchasing options, staff and member education, and other waste reduction opportunities. 
  3. After the application has been filled out and a site assessment has been done, we create a personalized Waste Reduction Action Plan.
Pastor poses with E2P2 Award next to church.


Chris Simmons poses with E2P2 Award

Technical Assistance

Waste Knot partners are eligible to continue receiving free consulting for recycling program development and improvement. 

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.

Mike Moshier stands in front of store with recently won E2P2 Award
Graphic with award with E2P2 logo. Includes text saying Environmental Excellence Award Winners Annou

Environmental Excellence Awards

WasteKnot Partners can be nominated for the annual Washtenaw County Environmental Excellence Awards. 

This is a way to give recognition to those who go above and beyond to protect the environment. 

Learn more about past winners and award categories on the Environmental Excellence webpage. 

Public Recognition

WasteKnot places advertisements in local newspapers and/or online to recognize the work our partners do to prevent pollution and protect Washtenaw County's waterways

Being recognized as a green business will help you gain credibility within the community. Green businesses are in high demand among Washtenaw County residents.

Jeff Jackson stands near his display holding recently won E2P2 Award