The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines leftover household products that contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable, or reactive ingredients to be “household hazardous waste” or “HHW.” Products such as paints, cleaners, oils, batteries, and pesticides that contain potentially hazardous ingredients require special care when disposed of.

Improper disposal of HHW can include pouring them down the drain, on the ground, into storm sewers, or in some cases, putting them out with the trash. The dangers might not be immediately obvious, but improper disposal can pollute the environment and pose a threat to human health.

A few times a year, special collection days are offered to ensure residential HHW is properly disposed of. These collections are for Calhoun County residents only.  Upcoming collection dates are listed below along with acceptable items.

2019 Household Hazardous Waste Collections:

  • Saturday, April 6, in Battle Creek (Bailey Park, in conjuction with Recyclerama – 9 AM to 1 PM)
  • Saturday May 4, 10am – 12pm, in Marshall, Marshall County Building parking lot
  • Saturday June 1, 10am – 12pm, in Battle Creek, Toeller Building parking lot
  • Saturday September 28, 10am – 12pm, in Marshall, Marshall County Building parking lot

Items Accepted:

  • Oil-based paint
  • Fuels (must be in approved container)
  • Solvents
  • Acids
  • Bases
  • Pesticides
  • Household Cleaners
  • Metallic mercury
  • Medications
  • Sharps
  • Household batteries
  • Fluorescent light bulbs
  • Smoke detectors
  • Motor oils
  • Antifreezes
  • Propane cylinders
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Aerosol cans
  • PCB-containing lamp ballasts

Items NOT accepted

  • Latex paint
  • Car batteries
  • School chemicals
  • Construction materials/debris (includes treated lumber)
  • Radioactive material
  • Ammunitions
  • Weapons
  • Explosives