Township Hosts Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Day for Macomb Residents
Macomb Township residents are encouraged to drop off their hazardous household waste from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the Marvin Blank Senior Center for the township's annual Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Day.
Believe it or not, common household items such as nail polish remover, fertilizer and disinfectant are considered hazardous waste and should not be left for the weekly curbside collection.
To assist residents with proper disposal of these "hazardous" items, Macomb Township will hold its annual Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Day Saturday at the Marvin Blank Senior Center.
From 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Waste Management staff will be on site to collect and properly dispose of residents' hazardous waste.
The drop off is only open to Macomb Township residents, so driver's license or proof of residency will be required.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Americans generate 1.6 million tons of hazardous household waste per year. The average home can accumulate as much as 100 pounds of hazardous waste.
Clean the house, save the environment.
Materials that may be dropped off include:
- Oven cleaners
- Drain cleaners
- Other household cleaners
- Expired medications (non-prescription or over-the-counter)
- Furniture and metal polishes
- Floor care products
- Nail polish/remover
- Brake and transmission fluids
- Coolants and radiator flushes
- Battery acid
- Pool chemicals
- Asbestos - containing materials
- Mercury, thermometers
- Paint (oil base only)
- Fuel oil and gasoline
- Petroleum solvents
- Fungicides, herbicides and insecticides
- Rat poison
- Glues and adhesives
- Wood preservatives
- Stain, shellac and varnish
- Paint thinner/turpentine
- Paint removers
- Full or partially full aerosol cans
- Photographic chemicals
These materials will not be accepted:
- Acid batteries
- Radioactive materials
- Electronic equipment for recycling explosives, ammunition and shock-sensitive materials
- Compressed gas cylinders (includes propane and fire extinguishers)
- Medical waste such as needles
- Commercially generated waste
- Smoke alarms
- Motor oil
- Latex Paint - Can be safely disposed of with curbside trash collection. Solidify the paint with kitty litter, sand or saw dust or take the lid off and let it dry up completely. Once in a completely solid form, place the paint can out for regular curbside collection with the lid off.
No household trash will be accepted at this drop off.