FLINT TWP. — Paint thinners, pesticides, fluorescent light bulbs, gasoline and old medicine are just some of the items environmentalists would like to keep out of landfills and the reason for periodic public collections of such harmful items.
Carman-Ainsworth High School, 1300 N. Linden, is the designated drop-off site for Household Hazardous Waste and Electronic Waste Collection Day, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 2.
Items also are being collected during those hours at the Flint East Water Service Center, 3310 East Court St. in Flint.
Items accepted include household pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, fluorescent light bulbs, batteries, gasoline, aerosol cans, antifreeze, mercury, used oil, oil-based paint, prescriptions, paint thinners, tires – up to 7 (off the rim), televisions, cell phones, computer monitors, laptops and notebooks, printers & copiers, DVD and VCR players, fax machines and stereo equipment.
Items not accepted include commercial waste, explosive material, industrial waste, latex paint, medical waste and radioactive material.
In 2014, 2,055 people participated in HHW events, dropping off 147,030 pounds of waste and thereby keeping it out of landfills, according to the Genesee County Metropolitan Planning Commission.
Also, HHW events lat year collected 1001 scrap tires and 60,507 pounds of electronic waste.
Genesee County is working hard to make each HHW event as convenient as possible for residents, according to Shane Kelley, urban planner.
In a few cases, some HHW products can be donated to organizations that will reuse, repurpose, or finish up what remains, he said. But for most items, the county does not yet have a permanent HHW drop-off location so HHW collection days are held twice each year – spring and fall – at one county location and one in Flint.
The collection is offered free of charge to encourage residents to properly dispose of hazardous waste products instead of pouring them down the drain, on the ground, into storm sewers, or mixing them in with the trash.
HHW events provide “a safe and proper alternative for residents to dispose of HHW,” said Kelley, who is the site manager at HHW events to make sure collections are conducted efficiently and correctly.
For more information, contact the Genesee County Recycle Hotline at (810) 762-7744, send emails to Recycle@co.genesee.mi.us or call Keep Genesee County Beautiful at (810) 767-9696. Visit the Genesee County Metropolitan Planning Commission website at www.gcmpc.org — R.S.