Most electronic devices contain a variety of contaminants such as lead, cadmium, beryllium, or brominated flame retardants that can enter our environment. Recycling recovers valuable materials from electronics that can be used to make new products.
Many pesticides, weed killers, automotive products, cleaning products and hobby supplies that we use in our homes contain toxic chemicals that become hazardous waste. If we simply toss these products in the garbage, pour them down the drain, or dump them onto the ground, the result can be pollution to our soil and water.
The health care system and advancements in drug therapy have contributed to Americans living longer than ever before. As the population ages, the volume of medications prescribed increases dramatically.
The Macomb County Health Department accepts mercury-containing fluorescent tubes and compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) from Macomb County residents through the Household Hazard Waste collection. The mercury in the lamps is recovered and recycled which prevents it from ending up in landfills.
PCB's are a group of man made organic chemicals that were primarily used as coolants and lubricants in transformers, capacitors and other electrical devices. PCB production was stopped in the United States in 1977 because PCB's were found to be persistent in the environment and potentially harmful. Today, small amounts of PCB's can be found in almost all air, soil, sediments, surface water and animals.