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E-M:/ Household Hazardouse Waste Grants

Application Due Date:  May 31, 2001

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has funds available to improve access to household hazardous waste (HHW) collection programs.  

Each Michigan household discards an average of over 20 pounds of potentially hazardous waste annually.  In July 1998, Michigan's population reached 10 million.  This meant that Michigan households could have generated over 65 million pounds of unregulated hazardous waste to be disposed of in landfills, incinerators, and wastewater treatment facilities.  In some communities these wastes are not accepted for disposal, leaving residents little choice but to store materials where they may be spilled or become a hazard to pets, children, and others who do not understand the toxicity of this material.  On occasion, these household wastes find their way directly into the environment, affecting the waters of the state, the air, wildlife, and human health and safety. 

To lessen the impact of these wastes on the environment, the MDEQ has developed a grant program for communities to improve public access to HHW collections.  Approximately $500,000 is available for this second cycle of funding.  Grants are available for Michigan county health and environmental departments, other local governmental agencies, or non-profit organizations to establish and operate HHW collection programs.  Eligible projects must focus on establishing HHW collection facilities, HHW management, and disposal activities.  


Further details are in the attachment below.  

Program Questions - contact Ms. Lucy Doroshko
Michigan HHW Collection Initiative Manager, 
517-373-1322 or doroshkl@state.mi.us.

Grant Application Materials - Contact Ms. Julie Webber, Pollution Prevention Section, Environmental Assistance Division, 517-335-5543

or download information from the Internet at www.deq.state.mi.us/ead/cmigrant.  

The MDEQ has a HHW listserver to provide information about this grant program and existing programs in operation.  To subscribe, choose DEQ-EAC-HHWC at the website  http://www.deq.state.mi.us/dept/listserv.htm 

Maggie Fields
MDEQ - Environmental Assistance
Shiawassee District Office