HHW

Hazardous Waste Collection June 23

HHWGot Household Hazardous Waste?
Sign up for the HHW Collection event scheduled for Thursday June 23 from 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Are you a household that has hazardous waste in need of disposal?

  • Appointments are required and can be made online at www.recyclesmart.info or by calling 231-941-5555. 
Are you a business, school, church or other organization that has hazardous waste in need of disposal?
  1. Verify that you meet the “Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator” (CESQG) conditions by clicking here.
  2. ADVANCED REGISTRATION is REQUIRED, BY TELEPHONE ONLY – CESGQs are required to register for an appointment via telephone by calling 231-941-5555. Please doNOT use the online appointment system.
  3. SUBMIT CESQG FORM 5 DAYS PRIOR TO EVENT – The CESQG form is required to be submitted no less than 5 business days prior to the event. This allows the hazardous waste company to be properly prepared to accommodate the type and quantity of material on the day of the event. CESQGs who do not submit forms at least 5 days in advance of the event are at risk of being turned away.
Download the CESQG form here.
 

Recycling Drop-Off Sites

Please recycle. But recycle right.
 
The recycling drop-off sites are conveniently located throughout Grand Traverse County. Please know what is accepted for recycling before you visit the sites.
Putting unacceptable and unwanted material inside or around the containers is prohibited. 
Yes — Please Recycle!
No — Thank You!
Car Seats – Remove all fabric, rubber and metal attachments No mirror glass, window glass or TV/monitor glass.
Boxes, cardboard and paper No light Bulbs – fluorescent, tubes & CFLs
Paper beverage/drink cartons — milk, juice, drink boxes No foam products – packing peanuts, molded Styrofoam, foam wrap
Glass bottles and containers — all colors No batteries
Metal – cans, foil, trays, EMPTY aerosol cans No Fluids – paint, stain, automotive fluids
No sharps or medical waste
Plastic Bags & Film – Grocery bags, Bread bags, Dry Cleaning Bags, Shrink Wrap, Visqueen

Where Are The Recycling Drop-Off Sites Located?

Acme Township
US 31 and Bunker Hill Road
Williamsburg, MI 49690
Behind the US Post Office
Blair Township
3770 Blair Townhall Road
Traverse City, MI 49685
At Padnos Traverse Bay Division
Fife Lake Township
134 Morgan Street
Fife Lake, MI 49633
At the Village Hall
Garfield Township
280 Hughes Drive
Traverse City, MI 49684
At the American Waste Facility
Paradise Township
2300 E M113
Kingsley, MI 49649
At the Paradise Township Hall
Peninsula Township
Devils Dive Road
At the Township Transfer Station
Whitewater Township
5777 Vinton Road
Williamsburg, MI 49690
At the Township Hall
HHW

HHW Collection May 12

HHWGot Household Hazardous Waste?
Sign up for the HHW Collection event scheduled for Thursday May 12
The next HHW event is Thursday May 12 from 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Appointments are required and can be made online at www.recyclesmart.info or by calling 231-941-5555.
Are you a Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator (CESQG) that has hazardous waste in need of disposal?
  • REGISTER BY TELEPHONE ONLY – CESGQs are required to register for an appointment via telephone only by calling 231-941-5555.  Please do NOT use the online appointment system.
  • SUBMIT CESQG FORM 5 DAYS PRIOR TO EVENT – The CESQG form is required to be submitted no less than 5 business days prior to the event.  This allows the hazardous waste hauler to be properly prepared to accommodate the material. CESQGs who did not submit forms at least 5 days prior to the event will be turned away.  Please visit www.recyclesmart.info to download the CESQG form.
Recycling Drop-Off Sites
Please recycle. But recycle right.
 
The recycling drop-off sites are conveniently located throughout Grand Traverse County. Please know what is accepted for recycling before you visit the sites.
Putting unacceptable and unwanted material inside or around the containers is prohibited. 
Yes — Please Recycle!
No — Thank You!
Car Seats – Remove all fabric, rubber and metal attachments No mirror glass, window glass or TV/monitor glass.
Boxes, cardboard and paper No light Bulbs – fluorescent, tubes & CFLs
Paper beverage/drink cartons — milk, juice, drink boxes No foam products – packing peanuts, molded Styrofoam, foam wrap
Glass bottles and containers — all colors No batteries
Metal – cans, foil, trays, EMPTY aerosol cans No Fluids – paint, stain, automotive fluids
Plastic bottles and containers – type #1 through #7, and unmarked No sharps or medical waste
Plastic Bags & Film – Grocery bags, Bread bags, Dry Cleaning Bags, Shrink Wrap, Visqueen

Where Are The Recycling Drop-Off Sites Located?

Acme Township
US 31 and Bunker Hill Road
Williamsburg, MI 49690
Behind the US Post Office
Blair Township
3770 Blair Townhall Road
Traverse City, MI 49685
At Padnos Traverse Bay Division
Fife Lake Township
134 Morgan Street
Fife Lake, MI 49633
At the Village Hall
Garfield Township
280 Hughes Drive
Traverse City, MI 49684
At the American Waste Facility
Paradise Township
2300 E M113
Kingsley, MI 49649
At the Paradise Township Hall
Peninsula Township
Devils Dive Road
At the Township Transfer Station
Whitewater Township
5777 Vinton Road
Williamsburg, MI 49690
At the Township Hall

Grand Traverse County 2016 Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Dates Announced

lead-paintHHW drop-off events will be held from 1:00pm – 7:00pm on the following Thursdays: April 21, May 12, June 23 and August 25. One Saturday drop-off event will be held on October 1 from 9:00am – 2:00pm.

Appointments are required for all HHW collection events and can be made beginning April 1st by using the online scheduling system at www.recyclesmart.info or by calling the RecycleSmart hotline at 231-941-5555.

Small businesses, organizations and schools may qualify to dispose of HHW at a drop-off event. Visit the RecycleSmart website for details about Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator (CESQG) specifications.

www.RecycleSmart.info or RecycleSmart Hotline at 231-941-5555

Leelanau

Economic Development In Leelanau

The absolute BEST way to economic prosperity for the maximum number of people, is to keep government as far away from economic development.

An article at the Ticker appears to slant heavily in favor of EDC efforts in the county of Leelanau.  The author ‘notes’

Many Leelanau County business owners were left scratching their heads when the county’s EDC was dissolved amidst questions about the corporation’s relevance and efficacy. Commissioners also had differing opinions about government’s role in supporting business growth, with some noting it shouldn’t be involved in helping support private sector business. The decision prompted a community debate about growth in the county and how to achieve it.

Support in one area however, is the lack of it, or even worse in another.

To build up, in one area often means tearing down what is there first.  How this is done can manifest itself in many ways, often to the distress of one or more parties involved.

Ask the question of those who desire government monies and development grants whether their business plans are sufficient without the help.  IF so, then they are stealing from some segment, through taxes or other loss of use.  If the plans are NOT sufficient, perhaps finding another path might be appropriate.  Entirely possible, is the weak long term efficacy of such enterprise.

Grants and policy enticements to specific business entities and segments distorts free and open markets, and serves only those who lobby for their ‘preferred’ status from the government. Unfortunately, favor pedaling has become an industry unto itself.

While economic gardeners fertilize in one area, they taint the soil for the ‘unwelcome’ who might have thrived with their own American dream to that point. Arguers for the EDCs can suggest active participation in the planning process to avoid such poisoning of legacy segments, but I ask should that be necessary? Passively losing one’s rights and resource ought not be happening in the first place.

Government exists not to tilt opportunity, but to keep a level playing field. Proponents of speculative preference by government should not have their plans welcomed into any community, much less one as naturally enchanting as Leelanau County.

Leelanau

 

A Dam Fine Mess You’ve Gotten Us Into

Grand Traverse County residents have for the most part, been kept in the dark about the truth surrounding the Dams removal.

There have been stories covering the removal process, and no doubt most folks are familiar with the mistakes made during the removal process, but what is the back story behind the entire affair that needs to be told?  Who did what, and why is it being done?

However, the as-demonstrated limited attention span of most of the electorate who read this must confine it to some previously unpublished facts.  Take it for what you will.

In September and October of 2008, a survey was taken to quickly gauge public knowledge/concern/interest in dam condition/repair/options.  The executive summary noted that it was as much informal, as looking for opinion:

“The Public Opinion Survey developed and administered through this project was not designed as a referendum or a statistically valid sample of public opinion. Rather, the Survey and associated Informational Booklet were intended to inform and engage the general population while offering another opportunity for public participation. The Surveys were distributed as broadly as feasible given time and funding limitations between September 23 and October 10, 2008.”

Of course, the “public participation” is quite limited when removal meetings are held mid afternoon, on weekdays when many who might otherwise be engaged, are busy working.

After collecting 749 completed surveys, the results showed a favorable disposition to keeping the dams.  Barely.  Yet when alternative options for repair/removal were presented, the respondents were strongly favorable to keeping the dams.   Option 1 which had a simple repair plan, and was most cost effective (see below), had better than general support as shown in the following chart.

Alt-1-summarysurvey-alt-1Simple repair, limited cost, easiest projection.

And one has to remember that those who select the “not at all important” are only allowed that option.  It says nothing to their desire for the removal of dams or change to the landscape.

That question was clarified in some of the following results.  The following table demonstrates clearly, that respondents had little desire to see the removal of the dams

survey-alt-25Removal, at least under any semblance of a democratic will, was not an option.

In fact, it seemed that the preferable path forward was one which had the highest initial cost, yet produced clean renewable energy. (see Table 5a in the executive summary)

But with a problem to be solved, the reliance on ‘free money’ through grants and promising agencies, and lazy elected city and county officials, we were sold a bill of goods.  There “was money to remove the dams, but no money to repair them” our elected officials opined.   The small (NOW Hundreds of thousands each) amount of implementation team funding from county and city coffers was considered a bargain, even while millions of other tax money and special interest contributions worked to change our landscape.

And why should anyone from outside our region care?

This short clip below is a chapter from an upcoming video DVD that all our local planners and officials should see.  Tom DeWeese visited Traverse City recently to explain how much of what we see is becoming universal; that it is not coincidental.  There are ‘agendas’ at play.

Tom mentions “flood plains.”

FEMA has already begun revising the flood plain map for Grand Traverse County.  Surprised?

The removal of ONE dam; a historic pond impoundment and flood control mechanism, brought the already expected changes. Property owners on the Boardman plains not only had to deal with the effects of the initial flooding because of the breach during the draw down of the Brownbridge pond, but also look to a yearly event that never existed prior.

One property owner explained to me that in the prior 25 years she had been living here, no floods had occurred.

And now the financial truth is about to hit home.  ‘Break it and the money will come’ is no longer a viable reality for commissioners and officials who are looking for the continuation of the removal process.  The cost of removal has already ballooned into incredible expense and lawsuits related to flooding, and the remaining funds available for the completion of the project are insufficient.

“Grand Traverse County board Chairwoman Christine Maxbauer this week warned that the county can’t afford to solely fund Boardman and Sabin dams’ removal, and might have to consider modifying — rather than removing — the dams to address long-held safety concerns.”

It seems commissioner Maxbauer has had an epiphany.  Good.

It is also becoming evident that even the outside money influences have financial limits, and that we are expected to continue their agendas on our dime.  And now that our elected leadership has already done an injustice to the river residents, and damaged the ecological system the region has known for a hundred years, a new light may or may not be enough.

‘A river reborn’ hardly seems worth it all of a sudden.

Property Rights & Constitution – Tom DeWeese AND KrisAnne Hall Event In Northern Michigan

property-rights-libertyProperty rights and Liberty are two of the legs of the three comprehensive rights we are granted by our creator.

As the leadership of our communities plod along with local ‘planning‘ efforts that make your town look like every-other-town, you might have noticed its getting harder to use your land or property in ways that have always been ‘allowed.’ And as the United States federal government marches on with an out of control executive branch usurping state and individual rights not granted to it by the constitution, the question that first comes to mind is “how is this happening?”

There are few folks who understand the scope and loss of property rights under agenda 21 as does Tom DeWeese. Likewise the study of the United States Constitution has become an unmatched professional pursuit by KrisAnne Hall.

Both are experts in their field and highly respected throughout our nation, giving speeches, offering seminars, and teaching effective resistance and methods of restoring our natural rights.

Join us Sunday August 02, 2015 at the Great Wolf Lodge conference center in Traverse City Michigan at 1:00 PM. You can order tickets by sending a message through the ‘submit a tip‘ link above, OR print out tickets online at eventbrite.

This is a cannot miss event!

Bay Area Recycling For Charities, 2014 Take It Back “Recycler of the Year”

Traverse City, Mich.—  Grand Traverse County Resource Recovery (RecycleSmart) announced Bay Area Recycling For Charities (BARC) as the 2014 Take It Back “Recycler of the Year”. BARC will be formally recognized and a plaque presented at the Grand Traverse County Board of Commissioners, Resource Management  &  Administration committee meeting to be held Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 6 pm. Meeting location is the Governmental Center, 400 Boardman Avenue, Traverse City, 2nd floor Commissioner Chambers.

Each year a local business is selected to receive the Take It Back Recycling Program “Recycler of the Year” Award for their commitment in assisting Grand Traverse County residents reduce, reuse, and recycle materials that would otherwise have ended up in a landfill. Continue reading