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From: Flint River Watershed Coalition [mailto:FRWC@LIST.MSU.EDU] On Behalf
Of Darren Bagley
Sent: Wednesday, March 01, 2006 12:56 PM
Subject: Lapeer County Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Lapeer County farmers and residents will have the opportunity to dispose of 
unwanted pesticides and hazardous waste on Saturday, April 8, 2006.  Lapeer 
County Michigan State University Extension will be coordinating the 
Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) / Clean Sweep collection held semi-annually 
in Lapeer County.

Those wishing to participate must pre-register for an appointment by 
calling Lapeer County Michigan State University Extension at 
810-667-0344.  No materials will be accepted at Lapeer County MSU 
Extension?s office or without an appointment.  Registration deadline is 
Friday, March 31, 2006.

A HHW collection provides residents with a safe way to dispose of unwanted 
materials that could pose a danger to the community if improperly handled 
or stored.  Clean Sweep is a free, non-regulatory program to help farmers 
safely dispose of banned and/or unusable pesticides and 
mercury.  Acceptable items are pesticides (including insecticides, 
herbicides, fungicides, etc.), oil-based paint, drain cleaners, pool 
chemicals, household batteries, antifreeze and mercury.

Non-acceptable items include latex paint, tires, car batteries, motor oil, 
ammunition/explosives, biohazards (syringes), or medical prescriptions.

Many products that we purchase daily can become waste when it is no longer 
useful to us. By having a HHW / Clean Sweep collection program in Lapeer 
County, you can remove this threat to your family?s safety and the 
environment by clearing out barns, garages, attics, etc.  Americans 
generate 1.6 million tons of household hazardous waste each year.  The 
average home may contain up to 100 pounds of this waste throughout their 

The best way to reduce HHW is to use up all of the products or share them 
with someone else until they are completely used up.  Homeowners can 
prevent household hazardous waste by doing several common sense things such 
§         Check the label before you buy. If you see a cautionary notice, 
understand that this material will become household hazardous waste if not 
used up properly.
§         Use the product as the manufacturer instructs. Companies have 
spent millions of dollars testing their product to comply with federal 
regulations. The instructions should be followed to get maximum benefit 
from the products you use without compromising your safety.
§         Buy only what you need. Surprisingly, some products cost more to 
dispose of than they cost to purchase. Using forethought when purchasing 
these products may save your community the cost of disposing of them as HHW.
§         Store products for safety. Children, pets, and others may 
accidentally injure themselves when products are not safety stored. Make 
sure potential HHW products are stored out of harm's way.

  Clean Sweep began in 1987 and has been made possible by a partnership 
between state, federal, local government and industry.  Funding to support 
the disposal of pesticides is provided by the Michigan Department of 
Agriculture (MDA), through the Michigan Groundwater Stewardship Program 
(MGSP) and with fees paid by pesticide and fertilizer registration fees on 
specialty and agricultural products.  For more information contact Lapeer 
County Michigan State University Extension at 810-667-0344.


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