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Solid Waste Planning

All counties in the state are required to prepare and implement a solid waste management plan. The Wayne County Solid Waste Management Plan is a comprehensive strategy that reduces dependency on landfills, promotes recycling and composting, and ensures that facilities sited within the County will serve the long-term disposal needs of Wayne County citizens. The Solid Waste Management Planning Section is responsible for all planning activities, enforcement of Plan provisions, data gathering (including waste generation initiatives and disposal and recycling rates), and providing for technical assistance to citizens and businesses in the County. The staff works closely with other governmental agencies in all areas of solid waste management.

Program Overview

Patrick Cullen
Division Director

John Demerjian
Resource Recovery Coordinator
Public Notices
Woodland Meadows Landfill Expansion - Notice of Public Meeting
A meeting of the Wayne County Facility Inclusion Committee was held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday June 20, 2018 at Van Buren Township Hall, 46425 Tyler Rd. The meeting washeld to consider Waste Management of Michigan, Inc.'s application for a proposed expansion of their municipal solid waste landfill to be included into Wayne County's Solid Waste Management Plan.

June 20, 2018 FIC Meeting Transcript

Solid Waste Management Plan
Wayne County Solid Waste Management Plan 2000 Update
Regulated Solid Waste Facilities in Wayne County
Where to Take Waste
Disposal of Home Medical Sharps - The Wayne County Department of Public Services encourages safe disposal of sharps. Sharps include syringes, needles, and lancets. Unsafe disposal can cause injury to others and contamination of the environment. You can help prevent injury, illness, and pollution by following some simple steps when you dispose of the sharp objects and contaminated materials you use in administering health care in your home.

Wayne County residents have two locations they may take medical sharps to ensure proper disposal:
  • Wayne County Health and Human Services, 33030 Van Born Road, Wayne, MI 48184 734-727-7000
  • Wayne County Healthy Communities Hamtramck Health Center, 9021 Joseph Campau, Hamtramck, MI 48212 313-871-1926

Disposal of Unused or Unwanted Drugs - The U.S. Government has found that 80% of watersheds contain low levels of at least one type of pharmaceutical chemical, with half of our streams containing seven or more. Wastewater treatment facilities can't filter these chemicals out, so many drugs are being detected in drinking water. The effects of most of these products are unknown, but increased concentrations of antibiotics in drinking water have produced "super bugs" - bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics. The risks of long-term exposure of these substances to humans and animals are unknown. While recommended for many years, the practice of flushing unused or unwanted drugs down the drain is not the best option for human health or the environment.

Please use the Drug Enforcement Administration's Search Utility to find a controlled substance collection site near you:
https://apps.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/pubdispsearch/spring/main?execution=e1s1

Wayne County Controlled Substance Drop-off Locations Flyer

Disposal of Used Electronics - Continual and rapid changes in the technology field can make high-technology equipment like computers, televisions, phones and other products obsolete very quickly. Many options are now in place to accept old and unwanted electronic items for recycling. Recycling outdated electronics helps in the safe management of their potentially hazardous components and supports the recovery and reuse of valuable materials. It also helps reduce the pollution and energy use tied to the production of new electronics.

List of e-waste items accepted

Resource Recovery Guide
Outreach Programs
  • School Recycling Program

    LRDM staff are available to provide recycling education presentations for schools and other organizations. Please contact the Resource Recovery Coordinator for more information.
Additional Program Information