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.
FROM YOUR HOUSE
Floor care products
Florescent light bulbs
FROM YOUR GARAGE
• Oil-based paint
• Lead-based paint
• Car paint
• Paint thinners
• Paint strippers
• NO LATEX PAINT ACCEPTED
FROM YOUR WORKSHOP
Paint brush cleaners
FROM YOUR FARM, YARD & GARDEN
PLEASE NOTE: All fluids must be in closed containers
Infectious medical waste
Waste from spills
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:
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)