Bay Mills Biological Services Department seeks to prevent hazardous chemicals from entering the environment by supporting recycling and waste collection.

 Flushing medication down the drain contaminates water that is later ingested by fish, wildlife, and humans. The Yellow Jug, Old Drugs program collects old pharmaceuticals and safely disposes of them so these compounds don’t contaminate drinking water or enter the food chain. To dispose of old medication contact the Bay Mills Health Center Pharmacy.

 Automobile tires contain benzene, toluene, arsenic, acetone, nickel, copper, and cadmium—chemicals that can leach into the environment when abandoned in woods and waters. Burning tires release toxic smoke containing sulfuric acid and nitic acid that can have serious impacts on human health. Bay Mills Biological Services seeks to reduce this hazard by collecting old tires for tribal members through the summer months. To dispose of old tires contact Biological Services.

Some light bulbs contain small amounts of mercury gas (which in high doses is hazardous to human health); when dead bulbs are thrown out with regular garbage, they can pose a risk to trash collectors and the environment. The Bulb Crusher program safely traps dangerous gas and crushes old light bulbs for safe disposal. To dispose of old light bulbs contact the Bay Mills Maintenance Department. Batteries should also be disposed of properly.

 Household hazardous waste (HHW) are used materials can be harmful and should never go into regular trash. If placed down a sink or storm drain, HHW could contaminate groundwater or even Lake Superior. Biological Services strives to host HHW collection events in the spring and fall to gather empty aerosol can, batteries, stains, cleaners, and more. HHW items were sorted and transported to a facility that can dispose of those items safely. For information on HHW collection events contact Bay Mills Biological Services.

These collections are made possible by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. If you are aware of or suspect locations in the area with hazardous chemical contamination, please report them to Biological Services.