Shredding, hazardous waste day planned for community

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published April 1, 2015


GROSSE POINTE SHORES — Spring is often the time of year when people clean out their basements and garages, so it’s also the perfect time for the annual household hazardous waste collection.

Residents of Harper Woods and Grosse Pointe City, Farms, Park and Shores are invited to bring items such as expired medications and pesticides to Hazardous Waste Drop Off Day. Sponsored by Grosse Pointe Shores this year, it will take place from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. April 11 at Osius Park, located on Lake St. Clair next to the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club at 800 Lake Shore. This event is free, but attendees need to show their driver’s license to prove their city of residence.

Acceptable items include: automotive fluids, batteries, biomedical sharps, corrosives, fire extinguishers, latex and oil-based paints, medications, mercury, oxidizers/reactives, pesticides, poisons and smoke detectors.

Unacceptable items include: ammunition, appliances, compressed gas cylinders, controlled substances, electronics, explosives, fireworks, flares, industrial waste, radioactive waste, trash and yard waste.

Shores Public Works Director Brett Smith said Wayne County would be dropping off a refuse container to collect old tires.

“It’s a free service,” Smith said of this special collection.

Additionally, attendees will be able to dispose of sensitive personal documents.

Grosse Pointe Shores Beautification Chair Helen Bai said the cost of shredding has risen sharply, and the city contacted five providers before finding one that was a bit less expensive.

Shredding will be offered across the street, in the City Hall parking lot at 795 Lake Shore. Hours for shredding will be 10 a.m.-1 p.m. April 11. The cost will be $5 for the first two bankers-size boxes, and $5 for each additional box.

The cities reportedly are keeping the costs for shredding as low as they can.

“We hope to break even,” Grosse Pointe Shores City Manager Mark Wollenweber said of the expense.

Shredding was moved from the park to the City Hall lot because Bai said it has resulted in lines of traffic in other Pointes in previous years.

“The shredding backs up the hazardous waste drop-off, so we’re going to separate the two events,” she said.

Only documents such as mail, letters or tax returns will be accepted for shredding. Credit cards, CDs, floppy discs, tissues and paper towels won’t be accepted, organizers said.

Bai said this event is aimed at curbing the rising trend of identity theft. Credit card applications sent in the mail are just one way such crooks have been able to steal from strangers.

“It’s to help protect our identities,” Bai said. “It’s a good time to get rid of sensitive documents.”

Even documents with a child’s personal information should be shredded, as crooks have used their names and Social Security numbers to rack up huge credit card charges, knowing that youngsters won’t realize they’ve been a victim.

Although the hazardous waste event isn’t open to Grosse Pointe Woods residents — their city offers its own event — Bai said Woods residents are welcome to take part in the shredding event.

No registration is needed for these events. For more information, people should contact their respective city offices.