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.
A significant portion of Macomb County relies on septic systems for sewage disposal. Proper design, installation, and maintenance is critical for the prevention of water pollution and communicable diseases caused by human waste.
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.
Parcels or properties for sale that rely on a well for drinking water and/or a septic system for sewage disposal are required by Macomb County regulation to have these systems evaluated prior to closing.
The Macomb County Health Department, along with other county agencies, communities and public schools and universities are working hard to protect, clean up and restore our local lakes, rivers and streams. We are interested in knowing the priorities and concerns of local citizens in regard to protection and restoration of our local water resources.
Subdivisions or condominiums proposed in areas that are not served by municipal water and/or municipal sewage must rely on wells and septic systems. The Macomb County Health Department regulates these sites by conducting an evaluation of the soil conditions and the drinking water source via a test well.