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Dispose of Hazardous Waste on Collection Days

Many commonly used items contain hazardous materials.

Batteries, fluorescent bulbs, oil-based paints and auto fluids need to be collected and disposed of properly, so their toxic chemicals do not pollute our water.

Pouring toxic chemicals down a drain can contaminate your drinking water and Torch Lake.

Your septic system cannot break down toxic chemicals.

Toxic chemicals travel with wastewater to your septic drainfield.

Then, it sinks down through our sandy soil to the groundwater.

Groundwater feeds your private well and Torch Lake through cold springs.

Toxins poured directly on your land sink down to your drinking water and Torch Lake.

Many common cleaning problems in your home and pests in your garden can be addressed with natural products rather than toxic chemicals.

If you choose toxics, please dispose of them properly.

Free Printable

Household Hazardous Waste (.pdf)

What are the benefits to you and our water?

  • Keeps drinking water safe from toxins
  • Keeps toxins out of Torch Lake so they won’t harm fish and aquatic creatures

What can you do?

Step 1: Collect your Hazardous Waste in a box in the garage throughout the year.

Home and Garden

aerosol cans
light bulbs
fungicides
batteries
mercury
herbicides
cleaners
thermometer
pesticides
electronics
poisons (ant, insect, mice, etc.)

Garage

aerosol cans
fluorescent light bulbs
oil
solvents
auto & boat batteries
gasoline
oil based paint
auto fluids
kerosene
pool chemicals
lubricants
propane tanks

Step 2: Take your box to an Antrim County Hazardous Waste Collection Days.

Your first 30 pounds are free. All pesticides and herbicides are free.

Print a list of accepted items:

Household Hazardous Waste (.pdf)

Schedule of Hazardous Waste Collection Days

Call the Antrim Conservation District with questions: (231) 533–8363.

Three locations in Antrim County:

  1. Elk Rapids
    117 Lake Street
    Behind the Shell Station
    June 15, 2019 (NOTE DATE CHANGE)
    8am-noon
  2. Kalkaska—for Kalkaska County Residents only-bring ID
    July 20, 2019
    Kalkaska Middle School
    1700 Kalkaska St
    Kalkaska, MI 49646
    9am-1pm
  3. Bellaire
    Bellaire High School Parking Lot
    204 W. Forest Home Avenue
    Bellaire, MI 49615
    August 3, 2019
    8am-noon
  4. Mancelona
    Antrim County Road Commission Office
    319 E. Lincoln Street
    Mancelona, MI 49659
    September 14, 2019
    8am-noon

Step 3. Dispose of Non-Accepted Hazardous Items properly.

Items NOT Accepted Proper Location or Contact Number
Explosives & Radioactive itemsCall 911
Ammunitions & FirearmsCall the Michigan State Police in Gaylord.
(989) 705–3800
Reusable building materials, gently used furniture & reusable appliancesCall Habitat for Humanity in Mancelona
(231) 587–1498
FireworksSoak in water and place in the trash
TiresTire businesses will often accept for a fee
Latex Paints Open latex paint cans and let them dry out and place in weekly trash
Medicines and Medical WasteDispose of Medicines at Local Pharmacies

Links

More information is available from the Antrim Conservation District.

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