Clean Lakes U.P.
In the summer of 2013, The Marquette County Solid Waste Management Authority (MCSWMA) received a grant from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to create a household drug collection program for Marquette County. Our objective is to divert as much medication as possible from Michigan waterways, thereby protecting Marquette County public health and environmental interests.
Household drugs must be diverted from our landfill. Like sewage, landfill drainage is treated and then released back in the waterways. Though our treatment system follows state and national waste-treatment standards, new medication can bypass them. Thrown-out medication collected with your curbside garbage could make its way to Lake Superior.
The MCSWMA works to ensure Marquette County's waste management is up to date with current best practices. Presently, disposing of medication at local police departments is the most convenient form of collection possible. By bringing your medication to these collection boxes, you contribute to the environmental health of Marquette County and the health of communities down stream from the Great Lakes watershed.
Proper Medication Disposal
Paid for by a Community Pollution Prevention Grant from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.