Mid Michigan Waste Authority – Household Special Waste
Household Special Waste
Many common products used in and around the home contain ingredients that can cause harm to humans and the environment. Over 5 million poisoning exposures occur annually in the U.S., with approximately 92% of them occurring at home. The majority of pollution problems associated with landfills are caused by household hazardous waste that is trashed by residents.
MMWA strives to provide member residents with an outlet for properly disposing of problematic household materials, such as household cleaners, automotive waste products and cleaners, lawn and garden products, pool chemicals, hobby chemicals, mercury, lead, household and automotive batteries, fluorescent tubes and bulbs, and propane tanks.
For the past ten years, MMWA has offered one-day drop-off events several times a year to residents at sites large enough to efficiently handle the hundreds of cars that drive through with materials for this free program. The Authority has been offering HSW collection programming since 2004. Since then, 20 HSW one-day events have been held, serving more than 9,685 residents and diverting over 970,545 lbs of problem wastes from the landfill.
Though a very small part of the overall residential waste stream, the HSW brought for proper management to MMWA events averages 105 lbs per household served, which is almost double the national average. It is a valuable service to the community’s current and future environmental health that these items, especially at this quantity, are recycled through MMWA’s programming rather than being thrown as trash in the landfill.
Customary publicity outlets are used to promote HSW events, including print advertising in the area newspapers, ads on various radio stations, as well as through rented mobile signs and flyers available at Authority member offices.
MMWA is finalizing programming for its new Community Resource Recovery Center (CRRC/Center). The Center will allow MMWA to offer residents more frequent access to special problem waste programming for HSW, computers and other e-wastes, unwanted paint, etc. Watch the Upcoming Events section for dates of the new CRRC schedule of drop-off days for 2014!