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Household Hazardous Waste
Improper Disposal
Improper disposal of household hazardous wastes (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 of such disposal methods might not be immediately obvious, but improper disposal of these wastes can pollute the environment and pose a threat to human health.

How to Prevent HHW
  • Check the label before you buy. If you see a cautionary notice, understand that this material will become HHW if not used up properly. 
  • Use the product as the manufacturer instructs. Companies have spent millions of dollars testing their product to comply with federal regulations. The instructions should be followed to get maximum benefit from the products you use without compromising your safety. 
  • Buy only what you need. Surprisingly, some products cost more to dispose of than they cost to purchase. Using forethought when purchasing these products may save your community the cost of disposing them as HHW.
  • Store products for safety. Children, pets, and others may accidentally injure themselves when products are not safety stored. Make sure potential HHW products are stored out of harm’s way.

HHW Disposal for the City of Plymouth
Materials such as oil paint, turpentine, car batteries, motor oil, medical syringes, automotive tires, concrete debris, and pesticides require special disposal procedures and are not acceptable for curbside waste disposal. If you wish to dispose of these items, you may contact the manufacturer / distributor of the product. Wayne County offers HHW collection events throughout the year.

For those appliances which contain freon: freon must be removed by a heating and cooling company certified in freon removal, before it can be placed at curbside. A certification sticker must be placed on the unit and any doors must be removed from the hinges. There is a charge for this service by the company; however, there is no additional charge for pick up.

HHW Contact Information
For more HHW information, contact the following government offices:
  • Washtenaw County
    Ph: (734) 971-7356
  • Wayne County
    Ph: (734) 326-3936
  • Michigan DEQ, District Office
    Ph: (734) 953-1448
  • Michigan Department of Environment
    Ph: (888) 223-2363
Department of Municipal Services
Solid Waste / Recycling
1231 Goldsmith
Plymouth, MI 48170

Ph: (734) 453-7737
Fx: (734) 455-1666