Hard to Dispose Of
The Lenawee County Drop Off Site is NOT a hazardous waste collection site.
Below is a compilation of frequently asked questions that you may find beneficial. Of course, services and contact information are always changing so it is best to CONTACT the referral directly for the most up-to-date information.
- Household Hazardous Waste
- Mercury Disposal
- Glucose Monitors & Sharps
- Microwave Ovens
- Prescription Drugs
- Radioactive materials
- Cleaning Supplies
- Motor Oils
Household Hazardous Waste are products found around the home that require special handling, such as
- solvent-based paints
- used motor oil
- certain pesticides
- unknown liquids
A community collection event has been held in the spring and we hope to have future events.
Please check the EVENTS PAGE
ERG Environmental Services in Livonia accepts household hazardous waste
Another source of information is the Michigan Recycling Directory (noted at the top of the page)
What to Do if You Have Mercury in Your Home
Many people have found containers of elemental or metallic mercury in their homes. If you have metallic mercury in your home, you need to exercise extreme caution with it and package it to prevent any leaks or spills. See the next two sections of this page to find how to package, transport and dispose of mercury. www.EPA.GOV
US Ecology partnered with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Mercury Collection Program. This effort promoted the collection and proper recycling of mercury.
ERG Environmental Services in Livonia has helped Lenawee County residents with Mercury issues.
Please check the Michigan Recycling Directory
From Andy Shannon, DEQ Medical Waste Expert:
"It depends upon the source of the monitors; whether they were generated in a residence (non-regulated) or whether they were generated in a facility with staff providing glucose testing services to patients as a business (regulated). Residents are encouraged to refer to the 'Sharps Disposal for Michigan Resident' Resource for a listing of HHW programs and other volunteer programs in their area that accept and properly dispose of sharps. Other options can be found in the pamphlet 'The Point is . . . Needles Hurt!'"
It is not recommended that these monitors be tampered with in order to remove the lancet and recycle the plastic portion, unless the unit can expel the lancet for disposal in a sharps container. The plastic should be soaked in a 10:1 water/bleach (sodium hypochlorite) solution to remove any possible pathogens prior to recycling, if that is the case.
For commercial businesses, by virtue of the fact that they contain a sharp lancet that can pierce the skin, even if enclosed in a plastic housing and unused, would be considered a regulated sharp, if generated from a business and would have to be treated in accordance with the Medical Waste Regulatory Act, Part 138 of the Public Health Code."
To dispose of non-working microwave ovens, please contact:
Adrian, MI 49221
Or check out the Michigan Recycling Directory
Red Collection Boxes are available for prescription drug disposal during regular business hours at the following locations:
Adrian Police Department
155 East Maumee Street
Hudson Police Department
205 Railroad Street
Lenawee County Sheriff's Department
405 North Winter Street
Raisin Township Safety Department
5225 Occidental Highway
Tecumseh Police Department
309 East Chicago Boulevard
Prescription drug pills and capsules only; no liquid medications, sharps, or bio-hazard materials.
If you have something containing radioactive material, please contact the EGLE Radioactive Materials Unit at RadioactiveMaterial@Michigan.gov so that they can help ensure that it is disposed of safely.
Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy
Cleaning products do not typically contain ingredients that would harm the environment in the quantities that are disposed of by households.The vast majority of cleaning products are water soluble and are formulated for safe disposal in either municipal or home wastewater treatment systems. Household hazardous waste programs are intended to handle products that may cause a problem if disposed of by common methods, such as down the drain or in the trash.
If you cannot use all of your cleaning supplies up, or give them away.
The key to smart use and disposal of any cleaning product is to read the label and follow the directions. If there are no special disposal instructions on the label, then thinking about how you use the product will help you make the right decision.
For example, water soluble products (those mixed with water for cleaning), such as laundry and dishwashing detergents; multi-surface cleaners; bleaches; disinfectant cleaners; and liquid metal cleaners/polishes, drain openers and toilet bowl cleaners, can be flushed down the drain with running water. Powders should be disposed of in small quantities at a time so they don't form lumps in the drain. Solid cleaning products, such as bar soaps, toilet bowl cleaners and soap scouring pads, can be safely disposed of in the trash. So can aerosol cans with product left in them. Remember, just as you shouldn't mix cleaning products together when using them, you shouldn't mix unused products during disposal.
For disposal recommendations on other products, such as oven cleaners, crystal drain openers and furniture polishes, call the manufacturer's toll-free number or check with your local waste disposal facility.
With the lid removed, the clean plastic container can then be recycled (if it marked as such).
The Lenawee County Solid Wast Department does not collect used motor oil; but you may want to contact:
- Archbold Equipment
- Young's Auto Parts
- Tractor Supply Co.
- Auto Zone
- Advace AutoParts
- Walmart Tire & Lube
- Future Environment Inc, (+500 gallons) 866-579-6900
1. You can find many "what to do with" answers under the Frequently Asked Questions (above)
2. The Michigan Recycling Directory is an online directory that helps residents looking to recycle a wide variety of materials generated within their household with recycling organizations near them that accept those materials. Residents can search the directory using the link below and typing in the material they are looking to recycle.
3. Hazardous waste materials are just that: hazardous. Not only can they be dangerous for you and your health, they are dangerous to the environment too, and should never go into your community’s regular trash. Some hazardous waste is listed below.