About the Center
Operated by the Washtenaw County Office of the Water Resources Commissioner and the Board of Public Works, the Home Toxics Center seeks to address the environmental and public health effects resulting from improper handling and disposal of hazardous products. Hazardous products can ultimately make its way into our water, soil, and air, causing environmental and public health issues. The best way to prevent this is either through reducing the manufacturing of home toxics or entirely utilizing the products in the way they are intended.
When preparing to buy new products for your home, read the label first to see if it poses a threat. The product may be hazardous if words such as: warning, caution, flammable, poison, danger, corrosive, combustible, toxic, or hazardous are on the label.
This program has collected and properly disposed of over 3.6 million pounds of toxic materials since it began in 1995. All this is recycled, reused, or safely disposed of, and is therefore prevented from impacting public health and the environment.
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 extremely unsafe for our employees and the public and is strictly prohibited. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!
In order to use our program, you must be a Washtenaw County resident. Due to legal requirements, we can not accept materials generated by a business or used for a business purpose.
Drop-offs are available Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except on holidays.
- Review the list of materials that you can and cannot bring.
- If you are able to make an appointment, call 734-222-3950. If no representatives are available, under normal circumstances, your call will be returned in one business day. Appointments are not necessary but assist us in better serving our residents.
When you arrive for your appointment, check in at the water resources window to the right of the front customer counter. Leave your materials in your car. During your check-in process, the attendant will ask if you would be interested in making a voluntary donation to help support this program. Though this is a county effort, it is not supported by any taxes.
- Temporary Covid-19 procedures: To limit public interaction with our staff, proceed directly to the back during your appointment time.
After checking in, you will be instructed to pull around the back of the building to the collection shed.
- Showing up without an appointment does not guarantee immediate assistance or that an employee is available to help you. Appointments are temporarily required due to the unprecedented increase in material volume so we can continue to operate safely.
Saturday Collection Events
April through November we are open the first three Saturdays of each month, from 9 a.m. to Noon (closed on holiday weekends). No appointment is needed to participate in Saturday Collection Events.
Don’t forget to check the calendar - we are always closed on the 4th and 5th Saturdays of the month, and we are closed on holiday weekends, including when Monday is an official holiday.
Saturday Event Instructions
- Review the list of materials that you can and cannot bring to the Home Toxics Center .
- Saturday events are a first-come, first-serve, drive-up and drop-off service. Pull into the parking lot and follow the signs that will lead to the collection shed behind the building. There may be a line of cars already waiting.
- For the safety of yourself and others, please wait in line inside your car until an employee is available to provide service to you. We are unable to take pedestrian walk-ups due to high traffic in our lots.
- Please be aware that at times this is a high-traffic area with dangerous toxic materials. Washtenaw County takes thorough precautions to minimize accidents by ensuring a trained employee assists each customer with their hazardous wastes.
- All cigarettes and flames must be extinguished prior to attending a collection.