Nearly fifteen years ago, the Department started collecting mercury thermometers from Eaton County residents. In return for bringing in mercury thermometers, each participant receives a digital thermometer, free of charge.
In 2007, the Department of Resource Recovery asked Eaton County Recycling Centers to act as drop-off point for the collection of cooking oil. Yes, cooking oil. This substance is very bad for drains and septic systems and wastewater treatment plants are not adequately equipped to handle the material. If left in trash, it can attract unwanted pests. Eaton County residents the opportunity to pour off their cooking oil at various locations (PDF).