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4/25/2013 12:31:00 PM
Special Recycling/Disposal Events Announced, Evolving
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The Emmet County Department of Public Works (ECDPW) will hold its first "Super Saturday" of special recycling and disposal events of 2013 on Saturday May 4. But the event will look different than in past couple of years-in a good way.

"Two of the items which were only collected a couple of days a year in the past and are now accepted much more conveniently," explained ECDPW Director Elisa Seltzer. "We're now accepting plant plastics during all regular Drop-off Center hours from April 1 to November 1. And the POD Drug Drop-off program has established drop boxes at numerous local law enforcement agencies which can be used anytime the offices are open."

Plant Plastics

Plant plastics include cell packs, flats, pots and hanging baskets. They are recycled into new plant pots by East Jordan Plastics. Soil is a problem for the factory, so the containers should be allowed to dry thoroughly then flipped over and tapped to remove as much soil as possible. The Recycling Center asks that similar containers be stacked together so they take up less room in storage.

The Drop-off Center is located at 7363 Pleasantview Road, Harbor Springs and is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. It is closed on Sundays and major holidays.

Drug Disposal

Unwanted medicines can now be disposed of in POD

(Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drug Drop-off Program) drop boxes at many area law enforcement agencies year round during their regular office hours. In Emmet County the list of POD drop-box locations includes

the City of Petoskey Department of Public Safety offices in City Hall and their West station near Bay Harbor,

The Emmet County Sheriff's Offices in downtown Petoskey and on M-119,

the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Tribal Police Department at 911 Spring Street (US-131 south) Petoskey, and the Harbor Springs Police Department.

In Charlevoix County the boxes are located at the Boyne City Hall, the East Jordan Police Department, and the Sheriff's Offices in Charlevoix and on Beaver Island.

The POD system accepts prescription, over-the-counter, and veterinary medicines and supplements, whether pills, liquid or creams. POD asks that liquids be sealed in a plastic bag. The following are NOT accepted: sharps (needles, lancets or pen needles), aerosol cans, bloody or infectious waste, hydrogen peroxide, thermometers, or IV bags. The medicines collected are properly disposed of through high temperature incineration, currently the most environmentally friendly, legal drug disposal option available.

Super Saturday

Two special recycling events and a free public, behind-the-scenes tour of the Recycling Facility will be offered on Saturday May 4. Latex paint recycling and document shredding will be available from 9:00 a.m. to noon. The tour will run from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

The latex paint collected will be recycled into new, high quality latex paint by ePaint Recyclers of Battle Creek. The resulting paint is sold at Habitat for Humanity Restores including the Harbor Springs location under the brand name "Everybody's Paint" and comes in a variety of Michigan inspired colors.

All kinds of latex finishes and additives can be recycled at this event. There is a $1 per gallon can (or equivalent, i.e. 4 quarts) fee to recycle latex paint and, to be able to achieve the highest quality end product, ePaint asks that different paints not be combined.

Document shredding will be done on-site by Shred-It, a professional document destruction company which serves numerous medical facilities in the area. Cost is $5 per copy-paper size box or equivalent. The shredded paper will be recycled by Emmet County Recycling.

"Beyond the Bins Tour"

Emmet County staffer Kate Melby will take participants "beyond the bins" to see how their recyclables are processed, where they go next and what they're made into. "We love giving tours because people are so surprised by the size of the operation. It makes you realize your recycling is part of something big!" she commented.

The tour is open to adults and to children six years of age and over accompanied by an adult, but is limited to 20 people. Residents of Otsego County are especially invited to take part in the tour, as materials collected by the new Otsego County Recycling Program will be processed and marketed by the Emmet County Facility.

The Recycling Center is located at the Emmet County Drop-off Center at 7363 Pleasantview Road, Harbor Springs.

There is no charge to participate in the tour, however tickets are required. To reserve your tickets, call: 231-348-0640. or e-mail recycle@emmetcounty.org. Closed-toe shoes are required.

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