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MISSION

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:

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.

Public Notices

2022 Household Hazardous Waste Events
Wayne County is resuming large scale household hazardous waste (HHW) collection events in 2022. All 2022 HHW events will be posted on this page.

Dearborn HHW event - 7/9/2022 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Please click here to view the event flyer.
Detroit HHW event - 8/13/22 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Please click here to view the event flyer.
Taylor HHW event - 10/15/2022 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Please click here to view the event flyer.
Wayne County is now also offering a recycling voucher program to Wayne County residents. This pilot program will allow residents to dispose and recycle of their household hazardous waste five days a week at our contractors Livonia site. Please call 734-326-5708 or email jdemerjian@waynecounty.com to request your free voucher. Note that supplies are limited and vouchers are available on a first come, first served basis. Please click here to view the recycling voucher flyer.

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.
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is April 30, 2022. This program aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. Please click here for more information.
Meijer Prescription Drug Take Back Kiosk
Meijer Pharmacy wants to help you protect your loved ones, the community and the environment. Safely dispose of your unwanted and expired medications the right way by visiting your local Meijer store and look for the receptacle by the pharmacy counter. This is a free service - no questions asked. Please click here for more infomration.
Milk River Intercounty Drain - Notice of 2022 Drainage Board Meetings
The Drainage Board for the Milk River Intercounty Drain will meet at the following dates and times in 2022:

January 27, 2022 at 10:00 a.m.
February 24, 2022 at 10:00 a.m.
March 24, 2022 at 10:00 a.m.
April 28, 2022 at 10:00 a.m.
May 26, 2022 at 10:00 a.m.
June 23, 2022 at 10:00 a.m.
July 28, 2022 10:00 a.m.
August 25, 2022 10:00 a.m.
September 22, 2022 10:00 a.m.
October 27, 2022 10:00 a.m.
December 1, 2022 10:00 a.m.
December 15, 2022 10:00 a.m.

Meetings are held at the St. Clair Shores City Hall, Geer Conference Room, 27600 Jefferson, St. Clair Shores, Michigan. Meeting notices will be added and linked above as they become available. Click on the link to download the meeting notice.
Johnson Creek Public Information Meeting
The Johnson Creek Intercounty Drain Drainage Board will hold a public meeting on December 14, 2021 from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. to discuss a project that will enhance water quality and wildlife habitat along the only designated trout stream in the Rouge River watershed. The meeting will take place in the Assembly Room at the Northville Township offices located at 44405 Six Mile Road in Northville. An online option for attending the meeting is also avaiable. Please click here to download the flyer for more details.
Meeting presentation
Design document
Seeking Public Participation in the Ecorse Creek Restoration Project Survey
The City of Ecorse, Lincoln Park, and Wyandotte are teaming up with Michigan State University Extension to find out your thoughts on the Ecorse Creek. City officials received a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. These funds will be used to fix up the creek shoreline near Pepper Park and provide the first public paddling launch on the Creek. For addition information and to participate in this survey, please click here.
Project flyer
Milk River Intercounty Drain - Notice of 2021 Drainage Board Meetings
The Drainage Board for the Milk River Intercounty Drain will meet at the following dates and times in 2021:

January 21, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.
February 18, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.
March 18, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.
April 15, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.
May 20, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.
June 17, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.
July 22, 2021 10:00 a.m.
August 19, 2021 10:00 a.m.
September 16, 2021 10:00 a.m.
October 21, 2021 10:00 a.m.
November 18, 2021 10:00 a.m.
December 16, 2021 10:00 a.m.

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.
Board of Determination Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Please click here to download a pdf of Frequesntly Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding a Board of Determination.
Wayne County Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Public Notification Plan
Wayne County has developed a public notification plan (PNP) for combined sewer overflows (CSO) that may occur from outfalls located along Detroit and Rouge Rivers, in accordance with NPDES Permits and 40 CFR Part 122.38(c). A CSO is a discharge from a combined sewer system, during wet weather, at a point prior to the downstream wastewater treatment facility. Wayne County's PNP describes how the County provides notification to the public of CSO occurrences from combined sewer systems and combined sewer overflow treatment facilities operated by Wayne County. Wayne County's CSO Public Notification Plan is available here.

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 esghelp@waynecounty.com.

General News and Information

SEMCOG Releases New Video on the Alliance of Downriver Watersheds

The Alliance of Downriver Watersheds (ADW) is featured in a new SEMCOG One Water video that highlights the organization's efforts to keep Downriver water resources safe for drinking, fishing, and recreational activities. Click on one of the links below to view this video.

ADW YouTube channel
ADW Facebook page
ADW Instagram page

To view other SEMCOG One Water videos, please click here.

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.

More Information

Notice Requirements for Sewage Disposal or Storm Water System Event

Notice Requirements for Sewage Disposal or Storm Water System Event (Wayne County systems only)

Notice Requirements for Sewage Disposal or Storm Water System Event (Wayne County Drains only)
Notice Requirements for Sewage Disposal or Storm Water System Event (Milk River Intercounty Drain only)

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.

Dispose of FOG properly in the home

News & Events

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Notice of Drainage Board Hearing
Notice of Drainage Board Hearing
Friday, May 24, 2019
Notice is hearby given that the Sump Intercounty Drainage Board will meet at the offices of the Lyon Township, 58000 Grand River Ave., New Hudson, Michigan.