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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.
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
poisons (ant, insect, mice, etc.)
fluorescent light bulbs
auto & boat batteries
oil based paint
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
3 Saturdays at 3 different locations in Antrim County:
- Elk Rapids – June 13, 2020
Elk Rapids Department of Public Works
117 Lake Street
- Bellaire – July 18, 2020
Bellaire High School Parking Lot
204 W. Forest Home Avenue
- Mancelona – September 12, 2020
Antrim County Road Commission Office
319 E. Lincoln Street
Step 3. Dispose of Non-Accepted Hazardous Items properly.
|Items NOT Accepted||Proper Location or Contact Number|
|Explosives & Radioactive items||Call 911|
|Ammunitions & Firearms||Call the Michigan State Police in Gaylord.
|Reusable building materials, gently used furniture & reusable appliances||Call Habitat for Humanity in Mancelona
|Fireworks||Soak in water and place in the trash|
|Tires||Tire 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 Waste||Dispose of Medicines at Local Pharmacies|
More information is available from the Antrim Conservation District.
Don't just wish that Torch Lake will stay blue.
Choose a water-friendly lifestyle - make a difference!