Clean Water Campaign – Our Water, Our Future, Ours to Protect
The Southeast Michigan Partners for Clean Water formed to engage the public in activities that protect our water resources through continued awareness, knowledge, and action. The partnership includes representatives from SEMCOG, various counties, communities, watershed councils, and water-quality professionals in Southeast Michigan.
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Orion Environmental Resources Printable List
A printable list of environmental information for Orion residents - Orion Environmental Flyer January 2014
Eagle Valley Recycling Center
600 W. Silverbell Rd., (248) 391-0990
Hours: Mon-Fri, 7:00 am – 3:30 pm; Sat, 8:00-11:30 am (call first if raining)
Orion residents may drop off many household recyclables free of charge. This is a great solution if you missed a week, have a large amount of cardboard due to a move, or a large mixed metal item that will not fit in your curbside bin. Foam and Polystyrene are now accepted for drop-off and are co-mingled in the plastics bin. Click here for information on what is accepted.
Waste Management also sponsors Free Disposal Days for Orion residents. The first one is held the Saturday after Memorial Day, and the second is the Saturday after Labor Day. Residents must show proof of residency. Check with the landfill for prohibited disposal items (i.e., no tires, no Freon containing items, no yard waste, no liquids, no household hazardous waste).
2013 Free Disposal Days for ORION residents (must show ID):
- Saturday, September 7, 2013, 7:00 am to 1:00 pm
Click Here for a Fact Sheet about Eagle Valley - Please call (248) 391-0990 for current hours, which change seasonally.
Click here for Curbside Collection Guidelines in Orion
Eagle Valley’s Community Connection Newsletter
Additional educational information can be found at Waste Management’s website: www.thinkgreen.com.
Household Hazardous Waste (NO HAZ Events)
There is NO co-pay for all ORION residents in 2013. Several communities in Oakland County have come together to provide residents a safe and environmentally responsible way to dispose of Household Hazardous Waste (HHW). The 2013 collection dates are listed below. All collections will run from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.
- Saturday, September 7, 2013 at OCC Highland Lakes
- Saturday, September 28, 2013 at Wildwood of Orion Township (amphitheather parking lot)
For more information, visit www.nohaz.com or www.advantageoakland.com/CPHA/CPHAWaste/Pages/CPHAHHW.aspx.
Please note that many local businesses now accept a variety of hazardous waste items year-round. See the Local Recycling Sites list below for some great local resources.
Local Non-Profit Organizations
These organizations provide education or service and are always in need of tax-deductible donations and routinely seek voluteers:
Is Today An Ozone Action Day?
Click Here to find out, and to find out what to do and not do on an Ozone Action! Day.
The green and yellow bin in Civic Center Park, behind the Township Hall, is for these paper items only: newspapers, magazines, catalogs, junk mail, office and school papers, and shredded paper (in tied light-weight plastic bags only). Proceeds collected benefit recycling projects in Orion Township. More Info…
If you use DTE Energy and Consumers Energy you may be eligible for a rebate program that also hauls away older large appliances that are still working. To learn more, click here or call (866) 796-0512.
The Township currently allows residents to select their own hauler from a list of haulers registered with Orion Township. Click here to view this list of contact information for licensed haulers that is located on the Clerk’s Office page.
Seasonal Christmas Tree Recycling
Your fresh cut trees can be dropped off at the Orion Oaks Park north entrance off Clarkston Road through January 20 of each year. Oakland County Parks processes the trees to make compost and wood chips with no cost to you. Free wood chips are available to the public at Orion Oaks on select dates. Plastic, tinsel and wire must be removed. Large quantities from commercials lots will not be accepted.
Clean Sweep Program
The Township will reimburse residents one time per year, up to $25 of the cost to dispose of trash or debris at either Eagle Valley Landfill or Environmental Wood Solutions. Proof of Orion Township residency and a dated receipt, along with your name and address, must be submitted to the Township Clerk’s office.
Local Recycling Sites
For year-round disposal of special recyclables and some hazardous waste. If you know of a local business that recycles one or more products and would like to be added to this list, please let us know.
||What They Recycle
250 N. Park Blvd (M-24), Lake Orion
|Standard tires (limited quantities – call first.
You pay them $2.25 each)
||Environmental Wood Solutions
3500 Giddings, Orion
|Mon-Fri, 7:00 am – 5:00 pm; spring-fall (8:00 am – 4:00 pm winter). Tree stumps, brush, construction debris, and any natural wood materials, for a charge.
1432 S. Lapeer Rd., Orion
|Standard Tires – Fee: $3.00 each
Standard automotive batteries – free
4920 S. Baldwin Rd., Orion
|Accepted inkjet cartridges: Lexmark, HP, Dell & Brother only. All kinds of toner cartridges are recycled. Most HP, Lexmark & Dell get $3.00 Rewards credit.
280 Brown Rd., Auburn Hills
|Printer cartridges accepted: Inkjet (HP, Lexmark, Dell); Toner (HP, Lexmark, Dell). Receive $3 coupon towards next purchase when you recycle your cartridge.
85 W. Flint St., Lake Orion
|Motor oil, transmission and hydraulic fluids – 5 gallon total per customer per day limit. Vehicle batteries also accepted.
||O’Reilly’s Auto Discount
375 S. Broadway, Lake Orion
|Motor oil, transmission and hydraulic fluids. Vehicle batteries and rotors also accepted.
||Operation Medicine Cabinet
2525 Joslyn Rd., Lake Orion
M-F, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
|Oakland County Sheriff’s Office collects prescription medications in sealed baggies which are then contained in a locked metal bin for later incineration. Please create a list and recycle your prescription medicines. You must arrive during office hours and sign a dated log. NO NEEDLES OR INHALERS. More Info…
2600 S. Lapeer, Orion
|CFLs, florescent tubes, rechargeable batteries.
300 Brown Rd., Auburn Hills
|Drop off anytime “spent” compact disks, DVDs, gift cards, rechargeable batteries (not cell phones or laptops). Also accepts nearly all small appliances, electronics, monitors up to 32″ only, and flat screens up to 60″. A trade-in program is available for game systems and cartridges. Large items are eligible for haul-away and pick-up. More Info…
||Binson’s Home Health Care
6475 Rochester Rd., Troy 48085
|Accepts needles in proper sharps containers and inhalers at their pharmacy department free of charge.
||Habitat ReStore – Oakland
150 Osmun St., Pontiac
Tue-Sat, 9 am – 5 pm only
Deconstruction Services (313) 384-2176
|Household appliances, cabinetry, fixtures, construction tools and equipment. Please see website for pick-up information and to view a current wish list.
||Furniture Bank of Oakland County
333 N. Perry, Pontiac
Mon-Thu, 9 am – 4:30 pm
|Accepts cribs, beds, tables and working appliances for families in need which must be referred via another agency. More Info…
||Fast Fred’s Oil Change
415 S. Broadway, Lake Orion
Mon-Sat, 8 am – 6 pm
|Motor oil and radiant coolant
3987 Baldwin Rd., Auburn Hills
|Accepts all rechargeable batteries, small electronic devices and power cords for free. Alkaline batteries and CFLs are fee based.
||The Scrap Guy
|Buy and two away of old vehicles. Scrap metal such as water heaters, broken ladders and appliances hauled away FREE by this and other local businesses listed in the phone book.
||LS Pharmacy1455 S. Lapeer Rd., Lake Orion
|Keep our water safe by dropping off medication only into Yellow Jug Old Drugs with a dissolving gel for later incineration.
Know of any other good recycling websites? Let us know!
Phragmites is an Invasive Species Problem in Orion Wetlands
Phragmities (frag-MY-teez), also known as common reed, is a perennial, wetland grass that can grow up to 15′ in height and is replacing 3′ tall patches of cattails which are valuable to local fauna. Newly established growth is easiest to control with frequent brush cutting. Burning must be administered by professionals. A DNRE permit is required for herbicide application below the high water mark, even in a dry season. For more information on this and other invasive species, click here. To view photos of Phragmites in Michigan, click here.
Oakland Phragmites & Invasive Species Task Force – an organization in Oakland County, Michigan to educate about phragmites and invasive species.
Gypsy Moth Control
Videos and bulletins are available at the Orion Township Library. State of Michigan Information Link
Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)
The Emerald Ash Borer is a wood boring insect that kills Ash trees. They attack healthy Ash trees and kill them in one to four years, depending on their size. Adult beetles begin to emerge from infested trees around mid-May, because they have flat backs and rounded bellies their emergence holes are “D” shaped (honest). On average the female beetle lays roughly seventy-five eggs individually on the bark of trunks and branches of Ash trees. Eggs could be laid from mid-May through mid-August. The eggs hatch in about a week and the larvae tunnel under the bark, feeding and tunneling in the cambium area. This disrupts the transport of water and nutrients within the tree and branches begin to die as feeding progresses. Most EAB pass the winter as larvae inside the tree and then live two to four weeks as adult beetles once they emerge.
It is not yet known if trees already damaged by borers can be helped with insecticide treatments though it is recommended that if you have an infected tree with 50% or more canopy dieback it be felled and chipped to 1” or less. Dead trees that remain standing can pose a serious risk. Quarantine has been issued on all ash trees and ash wood products in Oakland, Macomb, Livingston, Washtenaw and Wayne Counties to prevent and control the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer. Simply put it is illegal to move ash trees or its’ products, including firewood out of these areas unless certified for movement by the Michigan Department of Agriculture (MDA). The closest marshaling yard accepting dead Ash wood is the City of Pontiac Landfill and Compost Site at 575 Collier Road (call first to confirm acceptance). At this time there are no reimbursable or matching programs available to assist you with the cost of removing these trees.
Environmental Resources Committee
A group of citizens dedicated to the protection of our environment, as they study and make recommendations to the Township on environmental issues. Meetings are on the first Thursdays in most months beginning at 7:00 p.m., at the Township Hall in the Board room. View agendas and minutes here.