Household Hazardous Waste
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Waste Resource Management Planning Division 2100 Pontiac Lake Road Building 41W Waterford, MI 48328 (248) 858-1352 Monday - Friday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Household Hazardous Waste

​​​​​​​While Oakland County does not have a county-wide household hazardous waste disposal program, NO HAZ, RRRASOC and SOCRRA service many local communities. Several communities operate independent programs. View the map below to see if your community has a program.

Community Hazardous Waste Coverage Map
For more information about the following programs follow these links:
 
NO HAZ Phone: (248) 858-5656
RRRASOC Phone: (248) 208-2270
SOCRRA Phone: (248) 288-5150 



 

 

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 Household Hazardous Waste Information

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What is HHW?,

​Household hazardous waste is the unwanted or unusable portion of consumer products that contain substances that can harm people or the environment. Unlike industrial hazardous wastes, household hazardous wastes are not regulated. Most households can identify at least a few products as hazardous. Household cleaners, paint, pesticides, batteries and prescription medicines are just a few. They have made our lives easier but they can also be toxic to our health and our environment when we use them and when we throw them away.

Safe Handling of HHW,

​Household cleaners and other products that may contain hazardous ingredients should always be handled with care - during use, storage and eventual transportation to a household hazardous waste collection event.

Storage & Safety Tips,
  • Store HHW in original containers on high shelves or locked cabinets, out of reach of children and pets
  • If original container is not used - ensure the container can hold the product (i.e. will not disintegrate) and label it with the product name and ingredients (or attach original label)
  • Keep containers dry to avoid corrosion
  • Keep HHW away from fire, extreme heat sources or cigarettes
  • Avoid breathing fumes
  • Never use chemical containers for other purposes
  • Never burn, crush or puncture aerosol containers
  • Never mix products together
Preparation for transport to a collection event,
  • Close containers tightly
  • If original container is not used, label with product name or active ingredients (or attach original label)
  • Secure multiple products in a sturdy box - avoid placing in garbage bags or loose in vehicle
  • Pack materials in an upright position for travel, in the trunk or on the floor of your vehicle
  • Store similar products together
  • Do not mix different chemicals together
  • Do not transport any leaking or open containers
  • Wear eye protection, some vapors may affect contact lenses so use caution
  • Do not smoke while transporting HHW
Do's and Don'ts of HHW, DO use it up. Use products for their intended purpose and buy only as much as you need within a reasonable time period.

DO give the product to someone else who can use it. If you no longer need a product, find a friend who may be able to use it.

DO avoid buying hazardous products in the future. Often, less toxic products are available. Also, resist the urge to buy in bulk if you won't use the entire product, and note expiration date.

DO save the product for a municipal collection event such as NO HAZ. If a product is expired or you cannot use it up, safely store it until you can participate in a household hazardous waste collection event.

DON'T throw it in the garbage. Although not regulated, household hazardous waste should not go to the landfill.

DON'T poor into storm drains or gutters. Hazardous products can travel directly to nearby waterways, poisoning wildlife, plants or contaminating drinking water.

DON'T burn it. Burning off products like solvents or gasoline adds to air pollution, may expose you to hazardous fumes, or cause a fire or explosion.

DON'T dump or bury it. Hazardous chemicals may run off into waterways, or seep into groundwater.