Board contributes to annual hazardous waste collection

FLINT TWP. — The Township Board is doing its part to help keep Genesee County beautiful and unpolluted.

Twice-a-year Hazardous Waste clean-ups cost money for which participating municipalities are asked to support financially.

Responding to a request from Karen West, program director for Keep Genesee County Beautiful (KGCB), the township board voted unanimously last week to make a $2,000 donation to the 2015 collection effort. Suggested donation amounts are determined by community size.

Since 1993, nearly 2 million pounds of hazardous waste has been collected from county residents and disposed of properly, according to the letter.

The 2014 events collected a total of 127,000 pounds of both hazardous and electronic waste at a cost of more than $39,000, which included materials from Flint Township residents.

“As this program becomes more successful in removing even larger amounts of harmful materials from the environment, it demonstrates the importance of the program to (Flint Township) residents as they utilized the service in greater numbers,” West said.

Costs to safely dispose of these larger quantities of hazardous wastes is increasing, she said.

KGCB partners with the City of Flint and Genesee County Metropolitan Planning Commission to conduct two Household Hazardous Waste Collection events each year. The events occur annually in spring and fall at two collection sites – one in the City of Flint and a second site, which rotates around the county.

Check back in March to get details regarding the Spring 2015 Household Hazardous Waste Collection event. Or call the Genesee County Metropolitan Planning Commission at 810-766-6570 or Keep Genesee County Beautiful at 810-767-9696.

For a list of organizations accepting various waste products year-round including electronics and prescription drugs, see the KCGB website at http:// Year-Round-Facilities-for-Haz-E-Waste- Other.pdf

Hazardous waste is generally defined as household and electronic products containing dangerous chemicals and heavy metals that, if tossed into the regular trash, will leach from the landfill and cause air and water pollution.

Any item whose label notes the product as toxic, corrosive, flammable or reactive is considered hazardous.

Many residents are not aware that common household products require special disposal and should not be thrown in the trash, including ant/roach powder, antifreeze, batteries, carbon dioxide and smoke detectors, chlorine bleach, disinfectants, floor care products, fluorescent light bulbs, furniture polish, hair removers, inks, mothballs/ flakes, nail polish/remover, rug/upholstery and toilet bowl cleaners.

Township Supervisor Karyn Miller said that township residents have already begun asking her for the date and locations of the next collection.

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