Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)

Click Here for Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events. 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. 


The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines leftoverDSC04042 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.

Helpful Resources:

Mercury   Used Fuel/ Oil    
Mercury Spill Quick Guide
How to Clean Up Mercury
  Oil picks up small particles of metal and dirt as it lubricates a car engine which can make it toxic. See the Household Do-It-Yourselfer (DIY) Used Motor Oil and Filters Guide to learn more about recycling household used oil.    
         
Latex and Oil-based Paint   Sharps    
How can I tell if I have latex or oil-based paint? Latex paint labels will use words such as “latex,” “acrylic latex,” or “cleans up with soap and water.” Read the ingredients list and look for the word “water.” 

If you have oil-based paint, your label will say “alkyd,” “oil-based,” and “caution: combustible.” The label will mention “mineral spirits,” “soya oil,” “aliphatic hydrocarbons,” or “petroleum distillates.”
  What can type of container can I put sharps into? Place sharps in a rigid plastic container with a lid such as a laundry detergent bottle.  Make sure the container is labeled “sharps.”  Do NOT place sharps in plastic bags or have them loose in a cardboard box. 
Click Here for more information.
Sharps Drop Box Flyer
   

Helium
Helium Tanks

 

 Pesticides
Pesticide Disposal
   

Free medication disposal options
(No liquid or sharps):

Meijer - drug take back kiosk located at their pharmacies
Walgreens - safe medication disposal kiosk located at the Columbia Ave. location in Battle Creek
Hemmingsen Rexall Drugstore - Medsafe disposal box in Marshall

RedMed Locations Flyer

 

Smoke Detectors
Click here
 to learn how to properly get rid of youe used smoke detectors

   
EGLE Hazardous Waste 101 Video        
 
   

2022 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events: 
Events are for Calhoun County residents only and items must be residential. Please stay in your vehicle.

Thursday, May 26, 2022
Monday, September 12

2:30-5:30 PM

Calhoun County Fairgrounds
720 Fair St., Marshall

Use the Washington St. entrance into the fairgrounds.  Participants will be exiting the event on Fair St. 


  Monday, October 10
2:30-5:30 PM

Bailey Park (lot south of CO Brown Stadium)
1350 Capital Ave. NE, Battle Creek, MI 49017 

Barricades in the park will go up at 12:30 PM. See map for Traffic Flow. Event line will be cutoff at 5:30 PM where Roosevelt Ave. and Wagner Dr. merge.  

Battle Creek Police traffic control for the event will be requested for the following locations:

  • Main park entrance/exit on Capital Ave. NE
  • Bailey Park Wagner Drive entrance to assist with residents and traffic flow to and from the church
  • Wagner Drive and Emmett St intersection-if traffic is heavy or longer than anticipated line length, this intersection will be made right turn only for those entering Wagner Dr. 

 

Accepted Items: 
oil-based paint
fuels (in fuel cans)
solvents, acids, bases
pesticides
household cleaners
mercury
medications, sharps (inside rigid puncture resistant container w/lid)
household batteries
fluorescent light bulbs
motor oil, oil filters, antifreeze
propane cylinders, gas cylinders (NO foam insulation)
fire extinguishers
aerosol cans
PCB and non-PCB lamp ballasts
oxidizers, self-heating solids
flammable solids/liquids
toxic inorganics/organics
lighters
chlorophenols
lead
self-defense spray
peroxides
water-reactives, isocyanates ,cyanide
  NOT Accepted Items:
latex paint
school chemicals
biologically active material
home-use insulation spraying cylinders
ammunitions
weapons
explosives
radioactive material (includes smoke detectors)



HHW collections DO NOT include trash, tires, yard waste, construction/demolition waste, appliances, or industrial/business-generated waste.  These items are not defined as household hazardous waste.  


Gasoline and oil containers: If you would like your container back, be prepared for a short wait.

 

 

How can I tell if I have latex or oil-based paint? Latex paint labels will use words such as “latex,” “acrylic latex,” or “cleans up with soap and water.” Read the ingredients list and look for the word “water.” If you have oil-based paint, your label will say “alkyd,” “oil-based,” and “caution: combustible.” The label will mention “mineral spirits,” “soya oil,” “aliphatic hydrocarbons,” or “petroleum distillates.”

Sharps: Place sharps in a rigid plastic container with a lid such as a laundry detergent bottle.  Make sure the container is labeled “sharps.”  Do NOT place sharps in plastic bags or have them loose in a cardboard box. 


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MONDAY, APRIL 18
2:30-5:30 PM

Bailey Park (lot south of CO Brown Stadium)
1350 Capital Ave. NE, Battle Creek, MI 49017 
Events are for Calhoun County residents only and items must be residential. Please stay in your vehicle.

Barricades in the park will go up at 12:30 PM
Event line will be cutoff at 5:30 PM where Roosevelt Ave. and Wagner Dr. merge.  

Battle Creek Police traffic control for the event will be requested for the following locations:

  • Main park entrance/exit on Capital Ave. NE
  • Bailey Park Wagner Drive entrance to assist with residents and traffic flow to and from the church
  • Wagner Drive and Emmett St intersection-if traffic is heavy or longer than anticipated line length, this intersection will be made right turn only for those entering Wagner Dr. 
Accepted Items: 
oil-based paint
fuels (in fuel cans)
solvents, acids, bases
pesticides
household cleaners
mercury
medications, sharps (inside rigid puncture resistant container w/lid)
household batteries
fluorescent light bulbs
motor oil, oil filters, antifreeze
propane cylinders, gas cylinders (NO foam insulation)
fire extinguishers
aerosol cans
PCB and non-PCB lamp ballasts
oxidizers, self-heating solids
flammable solids/liquids
toxic inorganics/organics
lighters
chlorophenols
lead
self-defense spray
peroxides
water-reactives, isocyanates, cyanide
  NOT Accepted Items:
latex paint
school chemicals
biologically active material
home-use insulation spraying cylinders
ammunitions
weapons
explosives
radioactive material (includes smoke detectors)


HHW collections do not include trash, tires, yard waste, construction/demolition waste, appliances, or industrial/business-generated waste.  These items are not defined as household hazardous waste.   


Gasoline and oil containers: If you would like your container back, be prepared for a short wait.