Household Hazardous Waste
Household hazardous waste and pesticides are materials that are harmful to residents, pets, lakes, drinking water, and the environment if not disposed of properly. Look here to find information about handling hazardous materials, locations that accept them for recycling, and announcements about collection events.
Barry County holds two Household Hazardous Waste, Tire, and Medicine Collections each year. These collections take place in the spring and fall at the Barry County Fairgrounds, 1350 N. M-37, Hastings. The collections are sponsored by the Barry County Solid Waste Oversight Committee with support from the Barry County Fair Board, Waste Management, BEDHD, Barry County Substance Abuse Task Force, Sheriff’s Department, and local pharmacies.
The final event for 2018 is Saturday, September 22 from 9 am - 1 pm
Electronic Waste (E-waste) Disposal
E-waste consists of the many components we have plugged in around the house; TVs, computers/laptops, computer monitors, miscellaneous cords, mice, keyboards, printers, scanners, fax machines, tablets/e-readers, music players, game consoles, cable/satellite boxes, small kitchen appliances, curling irons, etc. Many electronics contain heavy metals like mercury, lead, lithium and other hazardous materials that can pollute the air when incinerated or contaminate the ecosystem when thrown into landfills.
DEQ's Choosing an E-waste Recycler
When disposing of E-waste it's important to know it's being handled properly by a reputable, registered recycler. The MI DEQ suggests asking the following:
♦ Is the recycler registered with the DEQ?
♦ Does the recycler hold any National Certifications (R2 or E-stewards)?
♦ Do they have a security and data destruction program?
♦ What is their compliance record (check Internet & DEQ website for records)?
♦ Where does the material go?
♦ Who are their ‘down-stream’ vendors and are they reputable and registered?
More information regarding E-waste recycling can be found by following the links below.
Electronics Take Back Coalition