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Acceptable Household Hazardous Waste Items

These items are allowed to be brought to the Washtenaw County Home Toxics program for disposal. Please review the important information in brackets, as well as the tips for safe handling and transportation.

Acceptable Items

  • Acids & Bases
  • Adhesive, Glue [solvent-based]
  • Aerosols
  • Antifreeze
  • Artist & Hobby Paint
  • Asphalt & Roofing Tar
  • Automotive fluids [antifreeze, oil, gasoline, transmission, break or power steering fluid, etc.]
  • Ballasts [must be removed from fixture]
  • Batteries [All types are accepted. Remove batteries from packaging, especially button cells. Separate batteries into the following five groups: 1) Alkaline and zinc carbon; 2) Nickel cadmium & Nickel metal hydride; 3) Lithium-ion; 4) Lead acid; 5) and Button cell. Place batteries in separate plastic bags or small boxes. Except for Lithium-ion, do not tape battery ends. Lithium-ion batteries are potentially dangerous – follow this link to learn more. Rechargeable batteries can also be recycled at Batteries Plus Bulbs at 3120 Packard Ave, Ann Arbor.]
  • Brake & Transmission Fluid
  • Butane & Propane Tanks
  • Car Batteries
  • Carbon Monoxide Detectors
  • Cleaners & Polishes
  • Degreaser
  • Diesel Fuel
  • Drain Cleaners & Lye
  • Fabric Dye
  • Fertilizer [with weed killer]
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Flammables [gasoline, kerosene, starting fluids, gasoline/motor oil mix]
  • Floor Wax & Stripper
  • Fluorescent Light Tubes & Bulbs [CFL's, U-shaped tubes & tubes up to 4 ft. in length are accepted. Tubes should be secured in your vehicle to minimize their movement and possible breakage. Wrap in a blanket or bundle them with rubber bands or string. Tubes should not be taped together!]
  • Furniture Polish
  • Home Repair Products [glues, caulking]
  • Mercury [including Mercury containing devices such as thermometers & thermostats]
  • Metal Cleaner
  • Mothballs
  • Muriatic Acid
  • Nail Polish & Remover
  • Oil [Motor and all cooking oils - canola, olive, peanut, vegetable, etc. are accepted. The oil must be easily pourable. If bringing during cold weather, do not store oil outside.]
  • Oven Cleaners/Degreasers
  • Paint, Latex [Only paint that is still liquid is accepted. If you have a large amount, try donating it to a local non-profit agency, school, friend or family member. If the paint is still liquid and you want to bring it to us for disposal, consolidate it so that you have the fewest cans possible. If the cans are empty or the paint is totally dried out, put cans in the trash with the lid off. Note that some locations, including the City of Ann Arbor, will recycle empty paint cans. If you want to dry latex paint at home so you can put it in the trash, add materials like clay-based cat litter to the paint to speed up the drying process.]
  • Paint, Oil-Based [paint or primer with/without lead]
  • Paint Thinners, Removers, Strippers, Solvents, Stains & Varnishes
  • Pesticides [Herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, DDT, chlordane, etc. are accepted. Any Michigan resident or business can bring these items to us as part of the Clean Sweep Program through the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD). If you are a business and have a large number of products, please fill out this form in order to expedite the drop-off procedure.]
  • Pet Care Products
  • Photography Chemicals
  • Pool Chemicals
  • Propane & Butane Tanks
  • Rat & Rodent Poison
  • Rust Remover
  • Sharps, Syringes & Needles [In a proper, thick plastic container, sealed and labeled. Click here for proper disposal instructions and for other disposal locations.]
  • Smoke Detectors
  • Spot Remover
  • Stain & Varnish
  • Weed Killer
  • Wood Preservatives

Safety Tips

Bring materials in their original containers. If this isn’t possible, label the container if you know what the material or chemical is.

Use containers that have secure screw tops (5-gallon pails are okay). DO NOT USE CONTAINERS WITH PRESS TOPS SUCH AS COTTAGE CHEESE CONTAINERS. 

Do not bring items in glass bottles or jars, unless it is the original container.

Keep automotive fluids like motor oil and anti-freeze separate. Do not put them in the same container. If you are filling a container that is one gallon or larger, leave at least two inches air space at the top. 

Place all cans and bottles in a rigid box (cardboard or plastic tote). If a container is leaking, place it in a plastic bag and then put the bag in a box. 

Contact Information

If you have any questions about whether we can accept your materials or products for disposal, please contact us!

Noelle Bowman, Solid Waste Program Specialist

Jonathan Pelukas, Environmental Coordinator

Jon Tulman, Solid Waste Specialist

Jeff Krcmarik, Environmental Supervisor


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