HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE  & CLEAN SWEEP

Each year on the third Saturday in August, we host a Household Hazardous Waste Collection. A variety of household hazardous materials such as cleaners, oil based paints, gas & oil mixtures, florescent light bulbs, and batteries may be dropped off for proper disposal or recycling. All agricultural or homeowner pesticides can also be disposed of through the Michigan Water Stewardship Clean Sweep Program at this time.

In partnership with the Oceana County Sheriff’s Department, any old or unused pharmaceuticals may also be disposed of at this event. This service is made possible through the Michigan Water Stewardship Clean Sweep Program, the Oceana Conservation District, the Household Hazardous Waste Committee, and by contributions from your county, townships, villages, and cities within your county. 

Acceptable Materials

 

Ink cartridges
Lighter fluid
Medicines
Mercury
Metal polish
Muriatic acid
Oven cleaners
Rust removers
Sharps
Silver polish
Small appliances
Toilet cleaners  

FROM YOUR HOUSE

Aerosols
Batteries
Bug sprays
Cell phones
Chlorine bleach
Dry-cleaning solvents
Dyes
Electronics
-computers/tvs/radios
Fire extinguishers
Floor care products
Florescent light bulbs

 

Gasoline
Grease
Kerosene
Motor oil
Oil/gas mixes
Oil filters
Transmission fluid

FROM YOUR GARAGE

Antifreeze
Brake fluid
Car batteries
Car wax
Diesel fuel
Engine cleaners
Fuel oil

 

Paint Products
• Oil-based paint
• Lead-based paint
• Car paint
• Paint thinners
• Paint strippers
• Primer
NO LATEX PAINT ACCEPTED

 

 

FROM YOUR WORKSHOP

Alcohols
Creosote
Glues/adhesives
Epoxies
Paint brush cleaners
Polyurethane
Turpentine
Varnish/sealers
Wood stain

 

Insect killers/repellants
Mouse/rat poison
Pesticides
Pool chemicals
Weed killers

FROM YOUR FARM, YARD & GARDEN

Algaecides
Fertilizers
Fungicides
Herbicides
Insecticides

PLEASE NOTE: All fluids must be in closed containers

**UNACCEPTABLE MATERIALS**

Infectious medical waste 
Radioactive materials 
Tires 
Styrofoam 
Waste from spills 

Ammunition
Explosives
Household trash
Latex paint
Large appliances


Who can use the program? 

This program is available to Oceana County residents. Household hazardous waste will not be accepted from businesses except for pesticides in which case farmers, greenhouses, nurseries, golf courses or other pesticide users can use this service. 

Which appliances will be accepted? 

We accept small appliances such as microwaves, small refrigerators, dehumidifiers, and window air conditioners. There is a $15 fee for items containing Freon. We do not accept any large appliances including full-size refrigerators, stoves, and freezers.

Which electronics will be accepted? 

Office and household electronics including TVs, DVD and CD players, VCRs, radios, phones, gaming systems, answering machines, fax machines, etc. Computers and computer accessories are also accepted including desk top and laptops, keyboards, modems, printers, scanners, and speakers. Check our website for a complete list! 

Is there a limit to how much I can bring? 

No, any acceptable hazardous waste from your household is welcome. Pre registration is required for amounts exceeding 200 pounds. Please call the Conservation District. 

Can I drop off materials before or after the event? 

No. Please drop off hazardous waste at collection sites only during scheduled hours. This is an annual event, held the 3rd Saturday of August. 

Why don't you collect latex paint? What should I do with it?

Latex paint is not considered to be a hazardous waste and because we pay by the pound for the waste we collect, the HHW committee uses its limited funds for payment of more hazardous waste. You can dispose of your old paint cans in your garbage if paint is dried up. Paint cans with small amounts of paint will dry up if lids are removed. You can add sawdust, shredded paper or cat litter to help dry out cans with larger quantities. Consider donating cans of paint that are full or nearly full to Habitat for Humanity or similar organization.

What’s the catch? 

There is no catch. Participation is free, although donations are accepted and appreciated. 


The 2015 Household Hazardous Waste Collection/Clean Sweep was held on August 16th and was another resounding success! Here are the totals for the day:

Cars: 251
Households: 288
Residents & Homeowners came from 15 townships, 1 city and 5 villages

Household Waste:                                        8264 pounds
Clean Sweep (pesticides):                            1437 pounds
Oil & gas mixtures:                                      2706 pounds
Pharmaceuticals & sharps:                             221 pounds
Household Batteries:                                    1133 pounds
Automotive & Lead Acid Batteries:              408 pounds
Electronics:                                                14,943 pounds

TOTAL POUNDS = 29,112 pounds  (Collected and properly disposed of or recycled)