Shelby Township SWARC reopens electronics recycling to all communities

After researching ways to save the monthly Shelby Township Electronics Recycling Program, members of the township’s Solid Waste and Recycling Committee and officials from GreenTech Recyclers found common ground to continue the long successful program. pi5eKkkiB

Under the new agreement between the SWARC and GreenTech, the event will once again be open to everyone, irrespective of the community in which they live from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. June 25th at the Shelby Township Hall at 52700 Van Dyke Ave. 

The new terms of the collection, which occurs the final Saturday of every month, have each car dropping off items paying a $5 fee with $1 of that fee going to the local charity staffing the collection. The fee also includes up to one Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) monitors and televisions. Additional CRTs can be recycled for $10 per CRT.

“Everyone involved in the program or anyone who has used the program knows that it is very important to our residents and community,” said Township Trustee Paula Filar, who serves on the SWARC. “And I’m very happy to announce the event is back open to all communities and will allow us to collect even more electronics that would otherwise pollute our environment.”



Macomb County Community Health Survey

countyBecause your opinions and experience matter, the Macomb County Health Department is conducting a Community Health Survey.

All those who live, work, and play in Macomb County are encouraged to participate, so forward this survey to all your friends and family in the county. The results of this survey will help Macomb prioritize current health concerns and enhance future services throughout the county. The survey is completely anonymous and only takes about 3-5 minutes.

Follow the link to Survey Monkey in order to complete the survey:

Winter Tips

Winter can be harsh, and while the 2014-2015 winter freeze has only just begun to sink in, colder temperatures are on their way. While snow fall and freezing temperatures creep in, there are plenty of steps that can be taken to prepare ourselves for the impeding season.

Overexertion can be one of the biggest killers during the winter season. It is important to know when to pace yourself during physical tasks such as shoveling snow and to keep hydrated, even during the cold.

Heart attacks are common while people are shoveling snow, so it is key to pay attention to signs of exhaustion.

The State of Michigan suggests the following tips for staying healthy throughout the winter:
• Wear loose-fitting, lightweight clothing in layers
• Mittens will keep your hands warmer than gloves
• Be sure to wear a hat, as most body heat is lost through the top of your head
• Keep clothing dry to prevent hypothermia


Since your home is undoubtedly one of your biggest investments, it is important to protect it against the cold.

You can prepare for the hardships of winter by planning early and following these tips:
• Insulate your home (Caulk cracks, replace weather strips, prepare pipes)
• Clean out the gutters and down spouts to prevent ice dams
• Begin a stock pile (Flashlights, batteries, radio, food, water, first aid)
• Invest in alternative heat sources and generators

For more home preparedness, refer to Winter Freeze


With the winter comes hazardous driving conditions. By making sure that your car is up-to-date on all of it’s care, you will be one step closer to safer driving.

• Check your tires to make sure they have the correct pressure and that the treads aren’t worn down
• Clean your fuel injector to help your car start quickly and idle smoothly in the cold
• Check fluid levels such as brake, coolant, power steering, transmission and windshield washer
• Keep fuel take as full as possible to prevent condensation
• Keep an emergency kit in the car (Blankets, flares, cables, food, water)


If you are like the millions of animal owners across the county, your pets are part of your family.

Follow these tips to make sure that your pets are taken care of as well:
• Bring animals in during extreme cold spells
• Make walks with puppies and elderly dogs short as they cannot tolerate the cold as easily
• After walks, thoroughly clean a dog’s underside and legs as they can ingest salt or other chemicals
• If an animal is outside, be aware of enclosures and tethers (This limits mobility, which decreases warmth)
• Check warm engines for cats and small wildlife before starting cars

It is important to remember that, if it is too cold for us, it is too cold for our pets.


For more information, check out the 2014-2015 Michigan Winter Hazards Awareness packet from the State of Michigan.

Winter Freeze

As we prepare for to warm ourselves this winter, here are ten tips to check off your list from the Parks and Recreation department to help you stay safe!

  1. Furnace has been inspected and serviced by a qualified professional during the last 12 months. (A furnace should be serviced at least once a year.)
  2. Chimneys and vents have been cleaned and inspected by a qualified professional.
  3. Check for creosote build-up. (Not cleaning your chimney is the leading cause of chimney fires from built up creosote. This service needs to be done at least once a year.)
  4. Wood for a fireplace or wood stove is dry, seasoned wood.
  5. Fireplace screen is metal or heat-tempered glass, in good condition and secure in its position in front of fireplace.
  6. Have a covered metal container ready to use to dispose of cooled ashes. (The ash container should be kept at least 10 ft. from the home and nearby building.)
  7. Children should know to stay at least three feet away from the fireplace, wood/pellet stove, oil stove or other space heaters.
  8. Portable space heaters have an automatic shut-off and be plugged directly into an outlet (not an extension cord) and placed at least three feet away from anything that can burn; like bedding, paper, walls, and even people. (Place notes throughout your home to remind you to turn off portable heaters when you leave a room or go to bed.)
  9. Test smoke alarms and made sure they are working. (You need smoke alarms on every level of the home, inside each sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. For the best protection, the smoke alarms should be interconnected so when one sounds, they all sound.)
  10. Test carbon monoxide alarms and made sure they are working. (Carbon monoxide alarms should be located outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home.)