Washtenaw County hosting drop-off for home toxic materials

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| 90 sec read | by Lonnie Huhman, lhuhman@thesuntimesnews.com |

Washtenaw County is hosting a special event to help people safely get rid of toxic materials from their homes.

The county’s home toxics collection center, which has been temporarily closed down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is scheduled to be re-opened for the day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 30.

The county’s Director Of Public Works Theo Eggermont said the facility allows people to safely and responsibly dispose of toxic materials that shouldn’t go in the trash, such as oil, paint, most chemicals, batteries, smoke detectors, and mercury containing devises including: CFL’s, thermometers, and thermostats.

“We are adding a special event with an extended time on May 30 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. as a reopening event to help collect items that residents have built up and been unable to get rid of,” Eggermont said.

As people have been at home, Eggermont said many have probably cleaned out their garages, sheds, or basements and discovered unwanted paint, chemicals, and other toxic materials.

“The goal of the event is to collect this material so they don’t end up in the environment,” Eggermont said.

The community should know that the county is taking additional safety precautions to protect the safety of residents and employees.

“Staff will unload cars, so residents will be asked to stay in their vehicle,” Eggermont said.

The event is provided free of cost. Eggermont said it is not a tax funded event, so donations are encouraged to help offset disposal costs. He said donations will be made to a drop safe, so no change will be given.

Eggermont said events are expected to continue throughout the summer and residents can check the Washtenaw County Water Resources Calendar online calendar for events (non-holiday weekends that occur the first three Saturdays of the month, April through November).

The May 30 event is for Washtenaw County residents, no business waste is accepted, (businesses with pesticides should call the county office at 734-222-3950).

The drop-off is located at 705 N. Zeeb Road, same driveway as the Scio Township offices.

Residents can see the full list and packing recommendations at https://www.washtenaw.org/295/Acceptable-Materials; includes paint, flammables, batteries, oil, auto fluids, cleaners, aerosols, pesticides and lawn chemicals, smoke detectors, mercury containing devices.

The county also operates 4-5 County Cleanup Days throughout the year, with the next event coming in June at Whitmore Lake. Eggermont said these events allow residents to bring home toxics, electronics, bulky waste, scrap metal, and recycling. More details are available here: https://www.washtenaw.org/2414/County-Clean-Up-Days.