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Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Many pesticides, weed killers, automotive products, cleaning products and hobby supplies that we use in our homes contain toxic chemicals that become hazardous waste. If we simply toss these products in the garbage, pour them down the drain, or dump them onto the ground, the result can be pollution to our soil and water.

The Macomb County Health Department accepts household hazardous waste, free of charge, from Macomb County residents on scheduled collection days in an effort to assure proper disposal of these materials.

For collection dates, times and locations click here.

Typical materials accepted include (please note not all items, such as computers and e-waste, are accepted at satelite collection sites):


Automotive Products
-used motor oil and filters
-brake fluid   
-battery acid
-transmission fluid
-cleaners,waxes, polishes

Lawn/Garden Products

-weed killers
Household Products
-oven cleaner
-oil based paint
-drain cleaner
-muriatic acid
-rat/ant poison
-pool chemicals
-photography chemicals
-lighter fluid
-unused aerosols
-nail polish & remover
-products containing mercury
-fluorescent tubes

-non-narcotic medications

The Health Department is now partnering with local pharmacies to expand our drug disposal program. Please click on the link below for a brochure for a list of participating pharmacies: DrugDisposalTrifold

-compact fluorescent lamps
-cell phones
-mp3 players, iPods
-mice, keyboards, computer parts
-printers, faxes, scanners


    We reserve the right to limit quantities accepted at HHW collections.     


Materials that will NOT be accepted are:

     Latex (water based) paint - see "How to Dispose of Latex Paint" below

     Automotive/marine batteries - return to battery retailer

     Propane tanks - contact your local propane distributor

     Ammunition and explosives - contact your local law enforcement agency

     Smoke detectors-return to manufacturer or wrap in newsprint and discard at curbside

     Syringes and sharps - contact your local pharmacy or hospital or follow the link

     to:  http://www.michigan.gov/documents/deq/whm-stsw-sharps-collection-list_196524_7.pdf

       Household Batteries - contact your municipality or local waste hauler

How to Dispose of Latex Paint

1.  Latex paint must be dried out or solidified prior to disposal.  Use cat litter or other suitable absorbent material to dry out the paint.

2.  Once the paint is solidified, leave the lid off the can and set it out for collection with your regular curbside refuse.  Waste hauling companies can not and will not accept liquid waste materials.

3.  If you are unsure whether the paint is latex (water-based), refer to the clean-up instructions on the paint can.  Clean-up for latex paint can be done using water.




If you have any questions, call us at 586-469-5236, Monday-Friday,
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. or E-mail us now.

24/7 Hot line 586-466-7923

Other Resources

Environmental Protection Agency

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

Michigan Dapartment of Agriculture (Clean Sweep)


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