The Newaygo County Road Commission is generally a fairly quiet place on Saturdays this time of year. There’s (hopefully) no snow to remove and the road crews and mechanics that keep our roads in good shape are enjoying a well deserved weekend home.
But once a year (when there;’s not a pandemic at least) the garage opens its doors for the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day, the opportunity for residents to dispose of the items that have been residing in the dark corners of garages and basements for anywhere from a few months to a few years to (from what one can discern from the appearance of said items) a few decades.
It’s a great program and those who have worked it for a few years remain incredulous that there could possibly be any more paint cans in the county.
But there are.
Scads of them in addition to petroleum products, lawn care material, toxic chemicals and any number of unusual commodities no longer needed nor wanted. From batteries to light bulbs these ecological enemies get unloaded by a sea of volunteers to be contained, cartoned, barreled and eventually removed to be taken out of the county to meet a responsible disposition.
And this year they were joined by the new DHD#10 bus, a vehicle that allowed the distribution of COVID vaccines to all comers.
So when it comes to one stop shopping people could dump their unwanteds to protect the environment while getting a poke to protect themselves and others from the virus that has altered our lives for far too long.
An admirable collaboration.
The Vax folks also made an appearance at the Blessing of the Bikes in Baldwin.
Kudos to DHD#10 for being innovative in their efforts to expand availability for our vax seeking citizens.
And kudos to the Board of Public Works for helping rid our county of toxics