Every year, the Household Hazardous Waste Committee, led by Conservation Districts of Mason, Manistee, and Oceana Counties, request allocations from each township, village and city based on a $0.40 per capita rate. In addition, each county Board of Commissioners allocates $4,000-$7,000 annually.
HHW is also funded through generous donations from AFFEW, Hamlin Lake Preservation Society, Pere Marquette Watershed Council, the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, a Clean Sweep Grant through Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) and of course the residents that participate in HHW.
All of these donations are greatly appreciated and are very important for the continued success of the HHW collection. Without this continued support, this event would not be possible.
Due to the rising costs of disposal and the amount of hazardous waste being collected, the HHW Committee is considering additional ways to help cover expenses for future collection days. This has resulted in the $5 increase of the suggested donation for 2022. Future options under consideration include removing battery or electronics recycling from the event, hosting events on different days or during the week to save costs. If you have suggestions for the event or would like to learn more about becoming a Committee Member, please contact your Conservation District.