Household Hazardous Waste

Household hazardous wastes (HHW) are any unwanted household products labeled as flammable, toxic, corrosive, or reactive. Their characteristics make them unsafe for general landfill disposal. Common HHW items include:

  • Acids and bases
  • Cleaners
  • Smoke detectors
  • Oil-based paints and stains
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Pool chemicals
  • Automotive fluids
  • Camp stove propane tanks
  • Mercury thermostats/ thermometers

Disposal Options


There are no permanent collection or drop-off facilities in the Eaton County area for HHW.

ECDRR accepts these items at our three recycling events held annually in May, June, and August. Periodically there are other events in the Greater Lansing area that collect these items and are open to the public. 

Here are a few disposal options for specific items:

  • Latex/Acrylic Paint: Latex based paint can be safely thrown away if it is completely solid/dried - this does not apply to oil-based paint. To dispose of latex/acrylic paint, simply leave the lid off for a few days to dry out. For larger quantities, line a large box with a plastic bag, pour the paint into it (to increase the surface area), and add an absorbent material such as cat litter. When you throw it away, leave the lid off to show that it is solid/dry.  
    • If you have a usable and larger quantity we suggest checking with local non-profit organizations for potential donation. For example: Habitat for Humanity, churches, school theater groups, etc. 
  • Fire extinguishers: Contact DeLau Fire and Safety in Lansing for safe disposal options. 
  • Automotive fluids: Check with local auto parts stores and auto service centers about disposal options near you. For example, AutoZone, O’Reilly Auto Parts, and Advance Auto Parts all accept used motor oils/gear oils at the majority of their stores for safe disposal.

Sometimes we can offer advice/options for disposal of specific items. For these and other inquiries please contact our office.