Household Hazardous Waste

Household hazardous wastes (HHW) are any unwanted household product labeled as flammable, toxic, corrosive, or reactive. Their characteristics make them very common to obtain/posses but unsafe for general landfill disposal. Common HHW items include:

  • Acids and bases
  • Cleaners
  • Smoke detectors
  • Paints and stains
    • Note that latex based paint can be safely thrown away if it is completely solid/dried - this does not apply to oil based paint. To dry latex based paint you can simply leave the lid off for a few days, or 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
  • Pool chemicals
  • Pesticides/herbicides
  • 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.
  • Camp stove propane tanks
  • Mercury and mercury thermostats/thermometers
  • More...

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. There are other events in the Lansing area that collect these items and are open to the public.   

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