ZeroWaste Washtenaw (Event Recycling & Composting)

Washtenaw County's Solid Waste Division offers resources and education to implement composting and recycling at special events in the community through the Zero Waste Washtenaw program!


The purpose of Zero Waste Washtenaw is to encourage and assist all community event participants (organizers, vendors, and attendees) in reducing the environmental impact of events by working towards the goal of zero waste.

Zero Waste Washtenaw
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2018 Events

2018 Zero Waste events:

  • Local Food Summit, February 19
  • E2P2 Awards Ceremony, March 15

2017 Events

In 2017, Zero Waste Washtenaw...

  • Partnered with 26 events
  • Recycled 2452 pounds
  • Composted 3371 pounds
  • Achieved an average diversion rate of 81.3%
    Thank you to all of our event partners and volunteers!
  • In October, Zero Waste Washtenaw partnered with:

    • Ann Arbor Farmers Market Food Truck Rally (October 4th)
    • Lawton Elementary's Run-A-Thon (October 6th)
    • Zion Lutheran Church, Chelsea Sauerkraut Dinner (October 14th)
    • Washtenaw / Ann Arbor Crop Hunger Walk (October 15th)
  • In September, Zero Waste Washtenaw partnered with:
    • The Ann Arbor Farmers Market Food Truck Rally (September 6th) for the first time, achieving a 69% diversion rate!
    • Washtenaw Community College's Welcome Day (September 13th), achieving a diversion rate of 80%.
    • Saline Oktoberfest (September 22nd and 23rd), achieving a diversion rate of 66%. That's an increase of 18% from last year! Way to go!
  • September 27, 2017: This article from our partner, Recycle Ann Arbor, summarizes the success of Zero Waste Washtenaw over the past 2 years.

  • September 8, 2017: Zero Waste Washtenaw in the news! Check out this article featuring our work in the community!

  • The Washtenaw County Food Policy Council Agenda: Action Number 17 is to "Set goals and standards for municipal sanctioned events to be zero waste compliant."

  • This spreadsheet (PDF) contains the results from all of the events we have partnered with! Check out how we're doing!

Washtenaw Food Policy Council
Zero Waste Hierarchy Reduce Reuse Recycle Recovery Disposal

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