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.
Money is saved when your business prioritizes reducing and reusing materials by reducing your track pick-up service and reducing the need to continually purchase single-use items.
Reducing waste and increasing recycling helps protect the climate by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. More than 40 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions result from the production, transportation, use, and disposal of material goods, according to a report done by the EPA.
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Meet with our Waste Knot coordinator for an on-site assessment. During the assessment, we review your waste logistics, purchasing options, staff and member education, and other waste reduction opportunities.
After the application has been filled out and a site assessment has been done, we create a personalized Waste Reduction Action Plan that notes work already being done and outlines recommendations for changes that can be made to reduce even more waste.
Waste Knot places advertisements in local newspapers and online to recognize the work our partners do to reduce waste and protect the environment.
Environmental Excellence Awards
Waste Knot 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.
Waste Knot partners are eligible to apply for a mini-sponsorship two times per year within the Waste Reduction Sponsorship program to support a project that reduces waste. Funds can be requested for amounts ranging from $500 - $3,000. While partners can also apply for a larger Waste Reduction Sponsorship, the mini-sponsorship is specifically for Waste Knot partners and does not require any matching funds. Applications are due March 1st and September 1st. Waste Reduction Sponsorship Information
EPA program: U.S. Food Loss and Waste 2030 Champions are businesses and organizations that have made a public commitment to reduce food loss and waste in their own operations in the United States by 50 percent by the year 2030.