Household Hazardous Waste


Household Hazardous Waste Collection (HHW)
Free for Ingham County Residents
WASTE GENERATED FROM BUSINESSES ARE NOT ACCEPTED


Picture of Household Hazardous Waste collection Facility. Tuesday & Thursdays
May through September
2:00pm to 6:00 pm

Ingham County Health Department
5303 South Cedar Street, Lansing
(517) 887-4312


HHW Flyer

Ingham County Recycling Sites


HHW WILL CLOSE FOR HOLIDAYS AND DURING INCLEMENT WEATHER**
(heavy rain, lighting, severe weather warnings, tornado watch/warning or excessive heat)
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WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT WHEN I ARRIVE?

HHW is located behind the Human Services Building located at 5303 S. Cedar St.
DROP OFFS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED BEFORE 2:00 p.m. When you enter the drive,
FOLLOW THE ONE-WAY DIRECTIONAL ARROWS to the facility. Please remain in your vehicle and allow staff to unload your items.

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Hazardous materials should be in containers such as plastic bins or cardboard boxes

 PLEASE DO NOT PLACE HAZARDOUS MATERIALS IN GARBAGE BAGS
DO NOT
drop off hazardous materials after hours or during times of inclement weather

Hazardous waste is brought into the fenced in area for sorting and storage. Whenever possible please separate your hazardous waste to avoid chemical reactions. A designated waste hauler is contracted to collect and dispose of the hazardous wastes per RCRA regulations. None of the hazardous waste dropped off at HHW is disposed of in surrounding landfills.

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WHAT IS HAZARDOUS WASTE?

In 1976, The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act established the current framework for proper waste management. This Act ensures that hazardous waste is managed and regulated safely from the time it is created until it is disposed.

Hazardous Waste can be identified under four characteristics: ignitability, corrosivity, reactivity and toxicity. These materials cause adverse health effects when they enter a body of water and should not go into the landfill.

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Wastes Accepted

*** EMPTY PRODUCTS CAN GO IN TRASH ***
(both new and used products accepted)

Acids & Bases: ammonia, bleach, pool chemicals, toilet bowl cleaners
Aerosol Products
Antifreeze
Automotive Products: brake, steering, transmission fluids and used products
Cleaners & Polishes
Flammables & Gasoline:
be prepared to leave your gas container
Fluorescent Lights & Ballasts: CLF, HID, LED, incandescent, and halogen

**BROKEN BULBS CAN GO IN TRASH**

Bulbs may be transported safely by placing them between layers of cloth towels to prevent them from breaking.

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Fuel Oil: be prepared to leave your container
Home Cleaning Products
Mercury Containing Devices: must be double sealed in baggies
Oil Based Paints & Paint Products: mineral spirits, stains and thinners

** LATEX PAINT IS NOT ACCEPTED AT HHW **

Pesticides, Herbicides & Fungicides
Photographic Chemicals
Rechargeable Batteries:
lead, nickel cadmium, lithium ion, mercury
Sharps: epi-pens, lancets, needles

**SHARPS SHOULD BE IN PUNCTURE-RESISTANT, SEALABLE CONTAINERS**

Small Propane Tanks: 1 pound only
Wood Preservatives

*** DO NOT PLACE OLD CHEMICALS INTO TRASH BAGS ***

CHEMICALS WILL LEAK, MIX, AND HARM OUR STAFF

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Major Hazards - Sharps

picture of sharps
EH personnel have found medications and sharps mixed together at HHW collections. This is a potential HEALTH RISK for the personnel handling such materials. Various blood borne diseases can be transmitted through used sharps.

To protect our EH personnel and help create a safe environment please take extra caution when preparing your sharps for disposal.

Majors Hazards - Sharps & their Disposal

To be accepted at a HHW collection all sharps MUST be placed in “official” or suitable “unofficial” container that resists puncturing or spillage. See flyer. Containers should be a hard/ridged plastic material, have a sealed lid and be properly labeled.

Patrons should inform EH personnel when they possess sharps for disposal so the appropriate care can be used.
Sharps should NOT be mixed in with other materials.
Suitable Unofficial Containers – liquid laundry detergent bottles & plastic coffee containers.

Containers must have sealed lids.

Unsuitable Containers – milk jugs, plastic juice containers, plastic bags, cardboard boxes.

Major Hazards - Sharps, Alternative Disposal Locations

  • Ingham County Residents can dispose of their sharps at Granger's Wood Road recycling office, call (517)-372-2800 for details.
  • Contact the Ingham County Health Department's Environmental Health Division at (517) 887-4312.

Major Hazards - Florescent Lights

lightbulbs

Florescent lights are very fragile and should be handled with care. These bulbs can easily break and become a hazard to yourself and EH personnel.

Major Hazards - Proper Florescent Light Disposal

lightbulbs

To be accepted at a HHW collection florescent lights should be packaged individually so as to allow EH personnel to transfer individual lights to waste hauler disposal containers.

Florescent lights should NOT be wrapped or tapped together. This can easily break the lights (especially the long fluorescent tubes) causing a risk to yourself and EH personnel.

Common Issues - Paint Products We Accept

paint cans

Only oil based paint, stains, mineral spirits and sealers are accepted during this event.

Please make sure all lids are adequately sealed and that the containers are in good condition.

Common Issues - Paint Products We Do Not Accept

paint can

Please make sure all containers are adequately sealed, reducing the risk of easily preventable spills.

Latex based paint is NOT accepted.

Latex paint can be disposed of through a routine garbage collection, however it must be in a solidified state.

To solidify: place kitty litter, vermiculite or saw dust into the paint can and leave it out to dry.

Common Issues - Mercury Thermometers - The Way We Do Not Accept Them

thermometer mixed with pills, don't do this

DO NOT place items that contain mercury in with other material.

A leakage of a mercury containing device could contaminate other material posing a health risk to EH personnel.

If you know that there has been a mercury spill please Click Here.

Common Issues - Mercury Thermometers - The Way We Accept Them

thermometers

Mercury thermometers are fragile and require careful handling.

Mercury thermometers and mercury containing devices MUST be placed in a zip lock bag.

Common Issues - Gasoline

gas cans

Gasoline MUST be placed in OSHA or Michigan Department of Transportation approved containers.

Workers will NOT accept gasoline in unapproved containers.

Containers will NOT be returned.

Common Issues - Household Cleaners

assorted cleaning products

Household cleaners are accepted at the collection.

All products must be in properly labeled containers and in adequate condition.

Common Issues - Propane Tanks & Fire Extinguishers

fire extinguishers and propane bottles

Fire extinguishers and 1 lb propane tanks are accepted.

Propane tanks larger then 1 pound are NOT accepted.

Common Issues - Lighter Fuel & Lamp Oil

fuel

Lighter fuel or lamp oil is also accepted.

Please note: that combustible materials must be placed in undamaged/robust containers and be properly labeled.