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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 20, 2021
Macomb County Announces Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event For County Residents
First collection event since March 2020
The Macomb County Health Department will host a household hazardous waste collection event from 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Friday, July 23 at a site near the Macomb County Health Department, which is located at 43525 Elizabeth Road in Mount Clemens. The collection site is located off Dunham Road between North Rose and Elizabeth on the Macomb County Service Center Campus in Mount Clemens (map available here). The collection event marks the Health Department’s first collection event since March 2020 – just before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and stay-at-home orders.
“Like many public offerings that were put on-hold by the pandemic, this event represents yet another much-needed return to normalcy for county residents and county employees alike,” said Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel. “We’re delighted to make this event available to county residents, and look forward to helping make a difference for everyone who is able to participate.”
Household hazardous waste such as automotive products, lawn and garden chemicals, household cleaners and non-narcotic medications will be accepted free of charge. Materials that are not eligible for collection include electronic devices, latex paint, batteries, smoke detectors, syringes, and cooking oil. For more information on materials that will be accepted, and materials that will not be accepted, visit https://health.macombgov.org/Health-Programs-EnvironmentalHealth-RiskAssessment-HouseholdWaste.
“Events like this are important for county residents on a number of levels,” said Andrew Cox, Director/Health Officer of the Macomb County Health Department. “First, it is a great opportunity for people to safely get rid of potentially dangerous materials that may have accumulated over the past sixteen months, and secondly, these materials can pose risks to personal health and the environment that can result from improper storage and disposal.”
“Health Department employees certainly have had their hands full during the pandemic. We’re delighted that this program is up and running again and that Macomb County residents can take advantage of this wonderful and important service provided by the county,” said Public Works Commissioner Candice S. Miller. “Unfortunately, some hazardous materials find their way into storm drains or sanitary sewers, carelessly and illegally dumped there.”
Since this program began in 1998, over 53,000 county participants have brought in approximately 3.4 million pounds of household hazardous waste to collection events hosted by the Macomb County Health Department.
About the Macomb County Health Department
In partnership with the communities we serve, the mission of the Macomb County Health Department is to protect the health and well-being of all who live, work, and play in Macomb County. We pursue our mission by providing a wide range of programs and services that are delivered by Environmental Health Services, Family Health Services, Community Health Planning and Promotion, and our Disease Prevention and Control program. For more information, visit: https://health.macombgov.org/Health-Home.
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