The Wayne County Department of Public Services Environmental Services Divison's mission is to create, foster, and maintain a clean and safe land and water environment for citizens of Wayne County by providing services for cost effective drainage systems, waste water management, and solid waste management. The Environmental Services Divison's mission is continuously achieved by talented administrators and employees, guided by the strategic goals of the Wayne County Executive.
Throughout this website, you will be able to learn about ESD's many diverse services and programs. From Western Wayne to Downriver, from Detroit to Asia, ESD's successes and leadership in improving our environment is a model for communities around Michigan and the world. We are proud to serve you, our customers, with high-quality and cost-effective environmental services, and we welcome your comments and suggestions. Thanks for visiting.
The DPS Environmental Services Division is comprised of:
- Land Resource Management - works to protect the land and water resources of the County through their solid waste and soil erosion programs.
- Facilities Management - maintains sewer and drain operations throughout the County.
- Water Quality Management - protects and restores water resources in Wayne County through a watershed management approach.
This web site provides information for ESD programs and their established missions, goals, and organizational structure, along with the services that they provide to the many constituents and communities of Wayne County. Please visit each area's web site and utilize our services to the fullest extent. We look forward to serving you.
In the meantime, there are other resources available for you to manage your waste materials:
- You can download our "Wayne County Recycles" app from Google Play or the App store. It provides options for safe disposal on a
wide variety of household hazardous waste and electronic waste items.
- An online version of our application can be found on our website here. At the bottom of the page you will see the
"Resource Recovery Guide" where you can type in the name of an item and receive safe disposal options.
- Our processing contractor, Environmental Recycling Group in Livonia, accepts residential drop off of HHW by appointment for a fee.
You can call them at 734-437-9650.
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Meetings are held at the St. Clair Shores City Hall, Geer Conference Room, 27600 Jefferson, St. Clair Shores, Michigan. During the coronavirus public health crisis, meetings will be held virtually. Meeting notices will be added and linked above as they become available. Click on the link to download the meeting notice. Instructions for joining a virtual meeting are included in the meeting notice.
Information about combined sewer overflow discharges is available online from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE), as follows:
1. MiWaters web page - click here.
2. "Combined Sewer Overflow, Sanitary Sewer Overflow, and Retention Treatment Discharge Annual Report". These reports are published annually for the previous year. To download the annual report, click here.
For more information regarding the Wayne County Public Notification Plan, and combined sewer overflow discharges reported under the Public Notification Plan, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
General News and Information
SEMCOG Releases New Video on Public Works Essential Workers
Click on the link to view the Essential Workers Thank You - Public Works video.
Construction of Improvements to the Milk River Intercounty Drain Drainage District Wastewater Facilities Are Underway
In October 2016, construction began on a multi-year project for improvements to the Milk River Intercounty Drain Drainage District wastewater facilities serving the Cities of Harper Woods, Grosse Pointe Woods, and St. Clair. These improvements will allow the Milk River Intercounty Drain Drainage District to continue to provide efficient transport of combined sewage from system customers during normal conditions and to effectively treat combined sewage overflows into Lake St. Clair into the future.
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Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Requests
The Wayne County Drain Commissioner has adopted the County of Wayne's procedures and guidelines for FOIA requests for all county and intercounty drains.
Inspect or obtain copies of public records for drains, please click here.
Dispose of Fats, Oils, and Grease Properly
Excessive fats, oils and grease (FOG) washed from sink drains in businesses and homes can block sewer pipes and lead to backups of sewage into buildings and overflows of sewage to rivers, lakes and streams.