Home Toxics (Paint, Oil, Pesticides & More)

Important Notice: 

  • The Home Toxics Center will be closed on Monday, February 17th in observance of Presidents’ Day. Regular collections resume on Tuesday, February 18th.

Closures are usually posted on our facebook page, follow us for up-to-date information.

The Home Toxics Center is Washtenaw County’s Household Hazardous Waste Program.

There are two options for accessing the program:

  1. Monday-Friday appointments (see "Appointments" below)
  2. Saturday collection events (see "Regular Collections" below)        Saturday events are currently closed and will reopen in April

Eligibility & Cost

The Home Toxics Collection Program is open to all Washtenaw County Residents and is not able to accommodate businesses and/or organizations. If you need information or help to find disposal options, please contact us or visit our Business Recycling page.

The collection program is a free service for residents. We do accept donations, which go directly to the cost of disposal. Donations are important because our program is not supported by tax dollars. Donations can be made by cash, check, Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and Apple Pay.

Appointments

If you can’t make it to a Saturday collection, call the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) hotline at 734-222-3950 to schedule a weekday drop-off appointment. Appointments are available Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. If a Solid Waste Specialist is not available to take your call, leave a voicemail. Under normal circumstances, your call will be returned in one business day. 

While we may be able to accommodate you sooner, please allow 48 hours advance notice to schedule an appointment. 

Why make an appointment?

Making an appointment guarantees staff are available to take your items, makes you our priority, and improves our efficiency. When making an appointment we will discuss the items you are bringing in to ensure you aren’t turned away and are transporting hazardous material in the safest manner possible. Unscheduled drop-offs will need to wait for staff assistance while residents with appointments are being helped.

Regular Collections

Regular collection events are held the first three Saturdays of the month, April through November, 9 a.m. to noon, except for holiday weekends. No appointment needed on Saturdays! Please check the calendar below for up to date information. 

Instructions

Never drop-off toxic materials without a County employee to assist you. Leaving toxic materials outside the collection area fence or anywhere in the parking lot is strictly prohibited

Weekday appointments are required to check in at the Office of the Water Resources Commissioner’s window. To reach this window, park in front of the building (leaving your materials in your vehicle), go through two sets of double doors, and turn to the right. Staff will check you in and direct you where to go.

To participate in a Saturday drop-off, follow the posted signs to the back parking lot where staff will assist you.

Inclement Weather Notice

All appointments are subject to postponement due to inclement weather such as severe storms and wind, high heat, freezing temperatures, and more. If you have an appointment, staff will notify you if we cannot serve you as planned. A closed Saturday collection notification will be posted to the Washtenaw County Water Resources Commission home page and Facebook page. Please check online or call ahead if you are uncertain.

Volunteering

If you're interested in keeping hazardous materials out of the environment, recycling, or public service, you'll enjoy volunteering with us! Our Saturday collections utilize volunteers to check in customers and remove materials from their vehicles. Volunteers help us run efficiently and smoothly. Snacks, protective equipment, and training are provided!

Sign up to volunteer

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