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.
Due to the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic, we are currently unable to provide on-site Zero Waste Event services until approximately July 2021 (subject to change due to regulations and County approval). Staff are available for virtual consultations if you have questions about Zero Waste Events or are planning events for 2021.
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:
In 2018, Zero Waste Washtenaw...
|Daycroft School Fall Social||September 13, 2019||99%|
|5 Healthy Towns Farm to Table Annual Event||September 22, 2019||98%|
|United Way of Washtenaw County Cornhole Fundraiser||October 10, 2019||96%|
|Local Food Summit||February 16, 2019||95%|
|Lawton Elementary School Ice Cream Social||May 31, 2019||94%|
Thank you to all of our event partners and volunteers!
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.
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.
There are currently no Zero Waste shifts scheduled, feel free to use the link above to see other opportunities our department has.