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MMWA announces early start to 2017 Household Special Waste Season

Free program offers residential electronics, paint and hazardous waste disposal

Saginaw, MI —– Mid Michigan Waste Authority’s household special waste collection days will start one month earlier this year, giving area residents a head start on safely disposing of their troublesome household wastes, including paint, household chemicals, and electronics. Running from May through September, the residential problem waste program is offered at no charge to residents of Saginaw County, Bethany Twp, Village of Breckenridge and Wheeler Twp.

All events will be held at MMWA’s Community Resource Recovery Center, 2063 S Miller Rd, Saginaw, located at the SE corner of Miller and Ederer Roads in James Twp.

In 2016, MMWA began holding waste-specific drop-off events for electronics, paint and household hazardous waste to increase safety and efficiency. That format continues this year, but with the addition of two “all in one” days, allowing residents to dispose of all problem wastes at one event. The 2017 schedule was also modified to include one evening and one weekend collection for residents who are not able to attend weekday daytime events.

Electronics will be collected from 9 am to 1 pm on the first Tuesday of each month May through September; paint will be collected from 9 am to 1 pm on the first and second Wednesdays of each month May through September; and household hazardous waste will be collected from 9 am to 1 pm on the fourth Thursday in May, June, and July. The “all in one” days, for electronics, paint and hazardous waste, will be held on Thursday, August 24 from 3 pm to 7 pm and on Saturday, September 23 from 9 am to 1 pm.

There is no charge for disposal of any of the items on the accepted materials list, including CRT (cathode ray tube) televisions and computer monitors. Thanks to a manufacturer-supported grant program, MMWA is able to provide free electronics recycling this year. Donations to help defray the cost of future events will be accepted.

See the 2017 HSW Program Poster for the May-September schedule:

MMWA HSW Poster

Residents may opt to dispose of latex paint in their curbside trash, as long as the paint has solidified. If the paint can is less than ¼ full, remove the lid and place the can in a safe, well-ventilated area. For fuller cans, add cat litter or shredded paper to solidify the paint. Once the paint has hardened, remove lids from cans and place in your regular household trash. This process does not work on oil-based paints, which must be brought to a paint collection day for proper disposal.

On hazardous waste days, residents can also drop off unused, unwanted or expired medications for proper disposal. Only prescription and over-the-counter medications are accepted: no needles or sharps.  New this year, MMWA is accepting used eyeglasses that will be donated to the Lions Club Recycle for Sight program, which provides glasses to people in need.

Unknown chemicals or substances should not be brought to any drop-off events. Residents who possess those items should call MMWA to make a special appointment to drop off these items.

For safe preparation and transport of problem wastes in your vehicle, please follow these guidelines: Keep chemical products in original containers whenever possible. Do not mix products together. Be sure all containers are tightly sealed, and placed in sturdy boxes in an upright position.  Never transport leaking or open containers. Containers up to five-gallon in size will be accepted, but containers cannot be returned. Business and school wastes, explosives, household batteries, propane tanks, ammunition, tires, and asbestos are not accepted.

If residents encounter a long line, they should come back later during the event or return on another scheduled drop-off day. Safety is a priority at these events, so cars should not wait at the side of the road. All events will close promptly at their advertised end time.

Residents should bring only accepted materials on the appropriate day. For example, paint and household chemicals cannot be accepted on an electronics collection day. Residents who have problem wastes from more than one category should bring them to the “All in One” drop-off days.

For more information, call MMWA at (989) 781-9555 or visit www.recyclemotion.org.