Hazardous materials can be found in common household items such as cleaners, paint thinners, gasoline, motor oil, pesticides, fertilizers, and even Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFLs). Once these items can no longer be used, they become Household Hazardous Waste (HHW), and it’s important to make sure they are disposed of properly to safeguard families, pets, and the environment. The Muskegon County Department of Public Works offers a free HHW program to Muskegon County residents. Please note that commercial and industrial waste is prohibited. Should you possess any of the following materials, the HHW program will dispose of them in a safe and responsible manner.
Mercury or mercury-containing devices (i.e. Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs and other fluorescent lamps, mercury thermometers, or thermostats, etc.)
Antifreeze and other automotive fluids
Aerosol cans (containing hazardous materials)
Alkaline batteries (we do not accept lead acid/ car batteries)
Acids (i.e. muriatic acid)
Bases (i.e. drain cleaner)
Other products with approval
Recycling used oil is preferred over disposal as HHW. Used oil can be recycled, free of charge, at any AutoZone location and most other quick oil change service locations. Note: Paint is not considered a hazardous waste. The best way to dispose of paint is to use it or recycle it.
Collection Location Household Hazardous Waste Program 1300 E. Keating Ave., Muskegon (Rear lot of Pound Buddies Rescue) Phone: (231) 724-6001 - option 4 Hours: Second and fourth Friday of each month, May - Oct, 1 - 3pm Website:http://www.co.muskegon.mi.us/hhw/
Late fall and winter collection is by appointment only. Appointments are made only for those who are not able to wait for a normal collection day. If you have any questions regarding materials that you’d like to dispose of, please contact the Household Hazardous Waste automated line listed above. To learn more about health and safety information on household products, help identify potentials sources of HHW in your home and to find ways to seek out alternatives, visit www.householdproducts.nlm.nih.gov. Also consider mail-back programs from www.thinkgreenfromhome.com or Zero Waste Boxes from Home Depot.