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.

2021 Event Notice

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic, we are currently unable to provide on-site Zero Waste Event staffing. Staff are available for virtual consultations and zero waste stations can be borrowed and returned for events.

Zero Waste Washtenaw
  1. Isabella Garramone

    Environmental Education and Outreach Coordinator
    Phone: 734-222-3827

Zero Waste Hierarchy_updated

Zero Waste Washtenaw's Zero Waste Hierarchy 

Zero Waste Collection Station
Zero Waste Station

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 at the bottom of this page.

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

2019 Events Summary

In 2019, Zero Waste Washtenaw...

  • Partnered with 29 events 
  • Recycled 913 pounds
  • Composted 1,826 pounds
  • Reuse of 6 pounds
  • Reached an estimated 30,850 event attendants
  • In total, diverted over 2,745 pounds of materials from entering the trash
  • A total of 8 events achieved a diversion rate of 90% or more in 2019
  • Our top five performing event partners of 2019 were:

Event Partner

Event Date

Diversion Rate

Daycroft School Fall SocialSeptember 13, 201999%
5 Healthy Towns Farm to Table Annual Event September 22, 201998%
United Way of Washtenaw County Cornhole FundraiserOctober 10, 201996%
Local Food SummitFebruary 16, 201995%

Lawton Elementary School Ice Cream SocialMay 31, 201994%

Thank you to all of our event partners and volunteers!

Yearly Program Impacts

2015-2019 Event Summaries

Zero Waste Washtenaw Informational Brochures

Click the images below to view the relevant brochure for you. The brochure on the right contains information for Zero Waste Event organizers, while the left includes what to expect at a Zero Waste Event for event guests.

For Organizers
Zero Waste brochure for organizers

For Guests

Zero Waste for guests

Volunteer With Us!

Zero Waste Event volunteers educate event goers on the items they've received and if they can be composted, recycled, or landfilled. Volunteers also help with station set up and breakdown and measuring weights for metrics. 

Any available shifts will be posted here for you to sign up. 

There are currently no Zero Waste shifts scheduled, feel free to use the link above to see other opportunities our department has.