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Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program

 

Many pesticides, cleaning products and paints contain toxic chemicals which should not be disposed of with household trash. If you have these types of waste and want to dispose properly, call to make an appointment at one of the household hazardous waste collection sites listed below.

Accepted Substances

  • batteries (all types)
  • pesticides
  • weed killer
  • cleaners & polishes
  • aerosols
  • wood preservatives
  • oil based paint products (thinners, solvents, varnish)
  • photographic chemicals
  • mercury thermometers
  • compact fluorescent bulbs
  • home repair products (glue & cement)
  • unwanted or expired medications (no controlled substances)

 

NOTES: 

  • NO smoke detectors or explosives
  • Latex Paint is non-toxic. Latex paint can be mixed with kitty litter or oildry , then leave cover off until it dries. It then can be disposed with your trash service.

 

Collection Sites

YOU MUST CALL TO SCHEDULE A TIME - Call during regular business hours to schedule an appointment.
Not all townships or cities are eligible for this service.
 

 

 

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​3255 122nd Ave.
Suite 200
Allegan

269-686-4559
  • ​Appointments available Tuesdays and Thursdays during regular business hours
  • Residential materials only
  • See additional information on Mercury Thermometers and Medical Sharps on this page
  

331 Broad Street
Plainwell​

269-685-9824
  • ​Service available to Gun Plain Township residents at no charge (identify yourself as a township resident)
  • Information about costs for handling commercial wastes can be provided

 

 

Additional Information

Mercury Thermometers

The Health Department also accepts mercury thermometers for recycling and recommends that all area residents replace these dangerous instruments with safer digital devices. Mercury is a heavy metal which accumulates in the body and can damage the brain, spinal cord, kidneys and liver. If mercury spills from a broken thermometer and is not carefully and thoroughly cleaned up, it will continue to evaporate, reaching potentially harmful levels in indoor air. Mercury thermometers may be dropped off at the Health Department by appointment. Wrap thermometers in plastic and place them in a sealed container (such as a disposable plastic jar, bottle or tub) for transport. Mercury must be placed in a sealed container or a double bag when dropping off thermometers and thermostats!
 

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Totals by Year in Pounds

Year Total Pounds Collected
2017 33,159
2011 20,214
2010 30,598
2009 14,325
2008 10,633
2007 12,926
 
 
 
 

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Questions? Call Resource Recovery: (269) 686-4559