Hazardous Household Waste

Household Hazardous Waste Collection  (HHW)
Free for Ingham County Residents

Picture of Environmental Health employee sorting collected household hazardous waste

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

(heavy rain, lighting, severe weather warnings, tornado watch/warning or excessive heat)

Items Not Accepted

  • Appliances
  • Asbestos
  • Asphalt
  • Car Batteries
  • Carbon Monoxide Detectors
  • Cooking Oil
  • Dry Wall Compound
  • Electronics
  • Latex Paint
  • Medications
  • Product in 55 Gallon Drums
  • Propane Tanks: >1 pound
  • Radioactive Material
  • Smoke Detectors
  • Waste Oil

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


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


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


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


Lighter fuel or lamp oil is also accepted.

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