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Acceptable HHW Items

These items are allowed to be brought to the Washtenaw County Home Toxics program for disposal.

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 (removed from fixture)
  • Batteries - All are accepted.  Rechargeable batteries can be recycled at a variety of places. Visit to find a location near you!
  • Brake & Transmission Fluid
  • Butane & Propane Tanks
  • Car Batteries
  • 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 Tubes & Bulbs [CFL's, U-Shaped Tubes & Tubes up to 4 ft. in length]
  • Furniture Polish
  • Home Repair Products [glues, caulking]
  • Mercury** [And Mercury containing devices such as thermometers, thermostats & sometimes HIDs]
  • Metal Cleaner
  • Monoxide Detectors
  • Mothballs
  • Muriatic Acid
  • Nail Polish/Remover
  • Oil [Motor & All Cooking Oils - Canola, Olive, Peanut, Vegetable, etc.]
  • Oven Cleaners/Degreasers
  • Paint, Latex*
  • Paint, Oil-Based [paint or primer with/without lead]
  • Paint Thinners, Removers, Strippers, Solvents, Stains & Varnishes
  • Pesticides** [Herbacides, Insecticides, Fungicides, DDT, Chlordane, etc.]
  • 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 & labledClick here for proper disposal instructions!]
  • Smoke Detectors
  • Spot Remover
  • Stain & Varnish
  • Weed Killer
  • Wood Preservatives


* Latex Paint will be accepted in liquid form only; DO NOT DRY OUT. However, if you are unable to bring it in for recycling and you must dispose of it, the latex may be dried out with saw dust or in a bag/box and disposed of it in the garbage after it has solidified.  It is only toxic in it's liquid form.  If you have a large amount, try donating it to a local non-profit agency, school, friend or family member.

** FREE collection for any Michigan resident or business as part of the Clean Sweep Program; which is run through the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD).  If you are a business and have a large number of products, it is suggested that you fill out this form in order to expedite the drop-off procedures.



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

Contact Information

Noelle Bowman, Solid Waste Program Specialist

Jonathan Pelukas, Environmental Coordinator

Jon Tulman, Solid Waste Specialist

Jeff Krcmarik, Environmental Supervisor

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