Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines leftover household products that contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable, or reactive ingredients to be “household hazardous waste” or “HHW.” Products such as paints, cleaners, oils, batteries, and pesticides that contain potentially hazardous ingredients require special care when disposed of.

Improper disposal of HHW can include pouring them down the drain, on the ground, into storm sewers, or in some cases, putting them out with the trash. The dangers might not be immediately obvious, but improper disposal can pollute the environment and pose a threat to human health.

A few times a year, special collection days are offered to ensure residential HHW is properly disposed of. These collections are for Calhoun County residents only.  Upcoming collection dates are listed below along with acceptable items.

2020 Household Hazardous Waste Collections:

  • Cancelled Saturday, April 4, in Battle Creek (Bailey Park, in conjunction with Recyclerama – 9 AM to 1 PM)
  • Cancelled Saturday May 2, 10am – 12pm, in Marshall, Marshall County Building parking lot
  • Cancelled Saturday June 6, 10am – 12pm, in Battle Creek, Toeller Building parking lot
  • Saturday September 26, 9 am – 1 pm, in Marshall, Marshall County Building parking lot
  • Saturday, Oct. 24, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Toeller Building parking lot in Battle Creek

Items Accepted:

  • Oil-based paint
  • Fuels (must be in approved container)
  • Solvents
  • Acids
  • Bases
  • Pesticides
  • Household Cleaners
  • Metallic mercury
  • Medications
  • Sharps
  • Household batteries
  • Fluorescent light bulbs
  • Smoke detectors
  • Motor oils
  • Antifreeze
  • Propane cylinders
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Aerosol cans
  • PCB-containing lamp ballasts

Items NOT accepted

  • Latex paint
  • Car batteries
  • School chemicals
  • Construction materials/debris (includes treated lumber)
  • Radioactive material
  • Ammunitions
  • Weapons
  • Explosives

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