Every year, the three conservation districts, Mason, Manistee, and Oceana, request allocations from each township and municipality based on a $0.37 per capita rate. In addition, each county allocates $5,000-$7,000 annually. HHW is also funded through a grant from Occidental Chemical Corp. (OxyChem), and generous donations from AFFEW, Hamlin Lake Preservation Society, Pere Marquette Watershed Council, the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, and of course the residents that participate in HHW.
All of these donations are greatly appreciated and are very important for the continued succcess 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 conservation districts are looking for additional funds to help cover expenses for future collection days. Districts hope to request a slight increase to the request allocations from each township and municipality, which would generate a large impact overall. The conservation districts are also asking for continued support and donations from the community that participate in the HHW collection days.