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'NO Haz' Household Waste Collections Coming

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Residents of the 11 North Oakland Household Hazardous Waste (NO HAZ) communities have two last chances to get rid of their household hazardous waste this year: Saturday, Sept. 18 at Oxford Middle School in Oxford; and Saturday, Oct. 2 at the General Motors Orion Assembly plant.

The collection is open only 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.

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 Sept. 18 collection at Oxford Middle School is from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The Oct. 2 collection is from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the GM plant. Participants should use the Brown Road entrance only.

Significant changes have been made to the program 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.

The following communities are not participants in the program: Brandon Township, Commerce Township, the Village of Clarkston, Independence Township, the Village of Ortonville, Waterford Township, White Lake Township and the Village of Wolverine Lake. Residents of these and other communities should contact their city, village or township office or visit their websites for disposal options.

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 18,000 households have disposed of 2 million pounds of hazardous materials, which have been recycled or disposed of properly. For more information about the NO HAZ program, visit www.nohaz.com.

The NO HAZ Consortium thanks General Motors, Oakland University and Oxford Public Schools for supporting the program.

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