Waste Knot

Waste Knot trash canWaste 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

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Why Participate?

How to Apply

  1. Fill out an online application or Email E2P2.
  2. 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. 
  3. 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.


Public Recognition

Waste Knot places advertisements in local newspapers and online to recognize the work our partners do to reduce waste and protect the environment.

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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. 

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

Mini-Sponsorship Program

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

Waste Reduction Resources