Residents of the 11 North Oakland Household Hazardous Waste (NO HAZ) communities have two chances to get rid of their household hazardous waste: May 21 at Oakland University in Rochester; and June 4 at Oxford Middle School in Oxford.
The collection is open to residents of Addison Township, Groveland Township, Lake Angelus, Lake Orion, Leonard, Oakland Township, Orion Township, Oxford, Oxford Township, Rochester and Rochester Hills. Residents should bring ID with their current address included in order to participate.
"I encourage all residents in the NO HAZ communities to participate in our spring hazardous materials collection," said Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson. "We enjoy a great quality of life in Oakland County in part because we foster a healthy environment and protect our natural resources with initiatives such as this."
Items collected at the NO HAZ events include: household paints and stains, antifreeze, gasoline, kitchen and bath cleaners and polishes, mercury and mercury thermometers, aerosols, pesticides, herbicides and computer and electronic equipment. For a more comprehensive list of accepted materials, or for additional disposal information, visit the NO HAZ website at www.nohaz.com, or call the NO HAZ Hotline at 248-858-5656.
The May 21 collection at Oakland University is from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. The collection will be held in the Foundation Hall parking lot that runs along Squirrel Road.
The June 4 collection is from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Oxford Middle School, 1420 E. Lakeville Road. From M-24/Lapeer Road, residents should head east on Burdick Street, which will become Lakeville Road.
The changes made to the program last year will still apply this year.
Residents of the following communities must pay $10 to participate: Addison Township, Groveland Township, Lake Orion, Leonard, Oakland Township, Orion Township and Rochester Hills. The fee will be collected at the site in exact cash or a check made payable to: Oakland County NO HAZ. Participants also must fill out a registration form that bills the remainder of the collection fee to their communities. The form is available at the site or online at www.nohaz.com, where it can be downloaded and filled out in advance.
Residents of the following communities must obtain a voucher from their community offices IN ADVANCE: Lake Angelus, Oxford, Oxford Township and Rochester.
Residents of other communities should contact their city, village or township office or visit their websites for disposal options.
A final collection will be held Sept. 17 at the Orion Township Wildwood Amphitheater.
NO HAZ is a consortium of eight Oakland County communities representing 11 local governments that offer residents a safe and environmentally responsible way to dispose of household hazardous waste.
The NO HAZ Consortium encourages residents to gather all of their household hazardous waste and attend one collection event per year, as the communities are charged for each car that attends the collections.
Over the last six years, residents of more than 20,000 households have disposed of approximately 2.2 million pounds of hazardous materials, which have been recycled or disposed of properly.
The NO HAZ Consortium thanks Oakland University, Oxford Schools and Orion Township for supporting the program.