Township warns about proper disposal of caustic materials

FLINT TWP. — Residents are being asked to be more careful about what is thrown in the trash, in the wake of a recent incident in which an Emterra Environmental waste collector was injured, according to Assistant Fire Chief Mike Burkley.

The worker was injured when he was splashed by acid from an item in the trash that leaked out after being compacted on the truck.

“It really shook him up but he is going to be OK,’’ Burkley said. noting that the hazardous material was potent enough to be observed still smoking when it hit the asphalt street.

Burkley issued a reminder that countywide Household Hazardous Waste Collections are held twice a year – in spring and fall to provide a safe means of disposal.

Items not accepted by Emterra for the township weekly trash collection on

Thursdays include:

*Propane tanks, batteries, household fluorescent tubes or bulbs, paint, paint solvents, poisons, fuel, oil, pesticides, herbicides

*Tires, car parts, car batteries

*Loose debris

*Renovation waste

*Concrete, soil, rocks or bricks


*Construction or landscape excavation waste

*Roofing repairs or replacements, shingles or siding

*Appliances containing Freon

*Animal feces or dead animals

*Industrial manufacturing waste

To dispose of hazardous waste items or anything weighing more than 50 lbs., call Emterra Customer Service at 1-877-609.6753.

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