Do you have paint or chemicals left from your winter home makeovers? Your first thought might be to just dump them down the drain, but the drains that line our roads and streets are storm drains and are directly connected to our waterways.

If pollutants are dumped down the storm drain, they go directly into our lakes, rivers and streams.

Chemicals that go down the sinks or drains inside our home or on the ground may penetrate the soil, contaminating the groundwater. That’s our drinking water.

Calhoun County has an environmentally friendly solution. You can take your leftover paints or chemicals to the household hazardous waste collection that’s being held Saturday, June 4th, at the Calhoun County Building parking lot on S. Grand St. in Marshall.

We’re sorry, but latex paint will not be accepted during this collection.

The collection is being held from 10am – 12pm. For a list of items that will be accepted, click here, or call the Health Department at 969-6341.