ZeroWaste Washtenaw (Event Recycling & Composting)

Zero Waste Washtenaw is the County’s zero waste events program. The purpose of the program is to encourage and assist all event participants (organizers, vendors, attendees, etc.) to minimize their environmental footprint at events through practicing zero waste. 

Since 2015 the Washtenaw County Solid Waste Division has collaborated with our partner Recycle Ann Arbor to expand the reach and impact of zero waste events throughout Washtenaw County.

Learn more about how Zero Waste Washtenaw began through a Michigan Department of Environmental Quality P2 grant project.

Zero Waste Washtenaw
Zero Waste Hierarchy_updated

Zero Waste Washtenaw's Zero Waste Hierarchy 

How to Get Started

  • Please contact us 3-6 months in advance of your event to allow adequate time for planning. 
  • For events within the City of Ann Arbor contact Recycle Ann Arbor
  • For events outside the City of Ann Arbor contact Washtenaw County
  • Check out our Zero Waste Washtenaw educational brochures:

What Services are Included

Zero Waste Washtenaw recognizes that each of our event partners is at their own unique place along their zero waste journey. Our program meets organizers where they're at, and offers any combination of services based on specific event needs and County resource availability. Common services include:

  • Pre-event consultation
  • Vendor coordination and education
  • Volunteer coordination and training                     
  • Zero Waste Station lending
  • Allocation of Zero Waste Washtenaw staff, as needed
  • Ensured safe disposal of materials
  • Post-event Zero Waste Report and consultation
  • Other specific event services may be available
For Organizers
Zero Waste brochure for organizers

For Guests

Zero Waste for guests

Zero Waste Collection Station
Zero Waste Station

2018 Events Summary

In 2018, Zero Waste Washtenaw...

  • Partnered with 38 events (View 2018 Events Summary here)
  • Recycled 2,400 pounds
  • Composted 4,110 pounds
  • Reuse of 43 pounds
  • In total, diverted over 6,500 pounds, or 3.25 tons, of materials from entering the trash
  • A total of 15 events achieved a diversion rate of 90% or more in 2018
  • Our top five performing event partners of 2018 are:

Event Partner

Event Date

Diversion Rate

Leslie Science and Nature Center Animal Haunts October 26, 2018100%
Shamrocks and Shenanigans Race a partnership with Happy Planet RunningMarch 11, 201899%
Firecracker 5K a partnership with Happy Planet RunningJuly 4, 201898.3%
Food Gathers Grillin' for the HungryJune 10, 201897.5%

Leslie Science and Nature Center MayFly FundraiserJune 2, 201897%
Girls on the Run Race a partnership with Happy Planet RunningMay 11 & 12, 201897%

Thank you to all of our event partners and volunteers!

Overall Program Events Summary

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

Washtenaw Food Policy Council