Household Hazardous Waste Disposal
Hazardous waste materials are just that: hazardous. Not only can they be dangerous for you and your health, they are dangerous to the environment too, and should never go into your community’s regular trash.
Below are some local disposal resources.
Michigan Mercury Collection Program
US Ecology partnered with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Mercury Collection Program. This effort promoted the collection and proper recycling of mercury.
This program has ended, although if you need assistance safely disposing of Mercury or Mercury Containing Devices please call 800-592-5489 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please check the Michigan Recycling Directory
From Andy Shannon, DEQ Medical Waste Expert:
"It depends upon the source of the monitors; whether they were generated in a residence (non-regulated) or whether they were generated in a facility with staff providing glucose testing services to patients as a business (regulated). Residents are encouraged to refer to the 'Sharps Disposal for Michigan Resident' Resource for a listing of HHW programs and other volunteer programs in their area that accept and properly dispose of sharps. Other options can be found in the pamphlet 'The Point is . . . Needles Hurt!'"
It is not recommended that these monitors be tampered with in order to remove the lancet and recycle the plastic portion, unless the unit can expel the lancet for disposal in a sharps container. The plastic should be soaked in a 10:1 water/bleach (sodium hypochlorite) solution to remove any possible pathogens prior to recycling, if that is the case.
For commercial businesses, by virtue of the fact that they contain a sharp lancet that can pierce the skin, even if enclosed in a plastic housing and unused, would be considered a regulated sharp, if generated from a business and would have to be treated in accordance with the Medical Waste Regulatory Act, Part 138 of the Public Health Code."
To dispose of non-working microwave ovens, please contact:
Adrian, MI 49221
Or check out the Michigan Recycling Directory
Red Collection Boxes are available for prescription drug disposal during regular business hours at the following locations:
Adrian Police Department
155 East Maumee Street
Hudson Police Department
205 Railroad Street
Lenawee County Sheriff's Department
405 North Winter Street
Raisin Township Safety Department
5225 Occidental Highway
Tecumseh Police Department
309 East Chicago Boulevard
Prescription drug pills and capsules only; no liquid medications, sharps, or bio-hazard materials.
If your company offers recycling opportunities locally; please let us know!
Washtenaw County is graciously offering Lenawee County residents an opportunity to dispose of Household Hazardous Waste in exchange for a saturday morning of volunteer work at one of its events.