Motion carries to postpone consideration of recycling event indefinitely

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published December 11, 2018

 At the Dec. 5 Macomb Township Board of Trustees meeting, a motion passed to postpone consideration of hosting electronic recycling events indefinitely. It was previously requested for Macomb Township to participate in electronic recycling with Shelby and Washington townships.

At the Dec. 5 Macomb Township Board of Trustees meeting, a motion passed to postpone consideration of hosting electronic recycling events indefinitely. It was previously requested for Macomb Township to participate in electronic recycling with Shelby and Washington townships.

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — At the Dec. 5 Macomb Township Board of Trustees meeting, a motion passed to postpone consideration of hosting electronic recycling events indefinitely.

Electronic recycling programs allow residents to dispose of items like old computers and electrical equipment.

Supervisor Janet Dunn met with GFL Environmental earlier in the week to discuss the cost of the program. GFL is Macomb Township’s recycling provider.

In November, Shelby Township invited Washington and Macomb townships to join together to sponsor an electronic recycling event three times a year.

“As soon of we get some information, we’ll bring it back to the board,” Dunn said.

Should Macomb Township participate, it would mark the first time the township would sponsor electronic recycling.

“We have done several hazardous waste days and also had a paper shredding day,” Dunn said. “When I spoke to GFL yesterday (Dec. 3), they suggested we might want to do it in conjunction with our hazardous waste day. I’m still waiting on a price from them.”

Dunn indicated hazardous waste days haven’t been determined for 2019 and are typically held in May and October.

The proposed $30,000 cost for three recycling events a year would be equally shared with Washington and Shelby townships.

“The cost covers any electronic device,” Dunn said. “I understand it’s very hard to get rid of electronic devices.”

At the Nov. 28 meeting, it was noted that Washington Township had not given Shelby Township Supervisor Rick Stathakis a firm answer in regard to its participation in the program.

If Washington doesn’t join, cost would be shared between Shelby and Macomb townships with each municipality paying $15,000.

Currently, Shelby Township’s electronics recycling program is an agreement between the Shelby Township Solid Waste and Recycling Committee and GreenTech Recyclers.

In 2018, collections were held quarterly in Shelby Township.

“I guess Shelby has been doing this for a number of years and it’s getting expensive for one community to do it,” Dunn said. “We would’ve been glad to do it except their recycling drop-off point is at River Bends Park.”

Macomb Township Clerk Kristi Pozzi thought that to be a bit of a distance for residents to travel to the park, at 22 Mile Road and Ryan Road.

“If we could get something for the same price closer in our own township, that would be beneficial to our residents,” she said.

Dunn said Macomb Township hasn’t collaborated with other municipalities in the past for events.

“It’s not very often that we get to partner with other communities,” Dunn said. “We’ve partnered with Shelby Township on a couple of paving projects like on Hayes Road where they’d pay for half and we’d pay for half.”

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