The good news: There's strong demand in Saline and Washtenaw County for safely disposing of waste - including potentially hazardous household chemicals.
After years of public education campaigns, people aren't as likely to dump paints and chemicals down the sewers.
The bad news: County officials badly underestimated demand, leading a long lineup of pickup trucks and vehicles stuffed with junk, stretching from the Saline Department of Public Works site to as far south as Maplewood Lanes on Woodland Drive. With dozens of vehicles still in line, the event was called off early Saturday, and people were turned away.
At one point, officers from the Saline Police Department were called to direct traffic.
The next Environmental Clean-up Day takes place at Oct. 14 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Eastern Michigan University, in the parking lot across from Rynearson Stadium, located at 799 N. Hewitt St. in Ypsilanti.
Tran Longmoore is a veteran community journalist. He is founder and owner of TheSalinePost.com. He is co-publisher of The Saline Post weekly newspaper. Email him at [email protected] or call him at 734-272-6294.