FLINT TWP. — A record number of 1,006 vehicles made drops on Saturday at the countywide Household Hazardous Waste and Electronic Waste Collection Day held in the parking lot at Carman-Ainsworth High School.
The spring collection usually draws more participation but thanks in part to better publicity this year, about 600 drop-offs were expected. The old record-high was about 700 vehicles, said Shane Kelley, urban planner with the Genesee County Metropolitan Planning Commission, which orchestrates the twice–a-year collections.
It is set up for county residents to safely dispose of a variety of items including old medicine, paint and tires, hazardous chemicals and electronic equipment.
Drop-offs were accepted on Saturday at CAHS and at the Flint East Water Service Center in Flint.
The collection site is moved around each time -with one in the city and one in the county -but location does make a difference, Kelley said.
Everything collected goes to a treatment facility in Ypsilanti where it will be reused, recycled, neutralized or blended into new fuels used for special industrial equipment. The tires will be shredded and recycled into new rubber products and the electronics are disassembled and any hazardous components are treated with the rest of the hazardous waste and the metal and plastic and other reusable parts are recycled, Kelley said.