Household Hazardous Waste

Household Hazardous Waste

Household Hazardous Waste...
Leftover household products that contain corrosive, toxic or reactive ingredients are considered to be "household hazardous waste" (HHW). HHW includes products such as paints, cleaners, oils, batteries, unused or expired medications, pesticides or other items that contain potentially hazardous ingredients. These products are safe to use when you follow the manufacturer's instructions, but they require special handling when you are ready to dispose of them. If disposed of improperly, these wastes can pollute the environment and they can pose a threat to human health. HHW should not be poured down the drain, on the ground, or into storm sewers.

 

What to Do With HHW...HHW
Any household hazardous waste should be saved and brought to one of the monthly Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Days sponsored by the Elkhart County Solid Waste Management District (all Elkhart County residents are welcomed to drop off waste).  HHW Drop-off Days are held on the first Saturdays of every month from 8am to 3pm at the Elkhart County Correctional Facility on County Road 7 just north of County Road 26. For more information about HHW Drop-off Days please call the Solid Waste Management District at (574) 522-2581.

Items accepted at the monthly HHW Drop-off Days:

  • Floor care products, furniture polish, metal polish
  • Nail polish and polish remover
  • Antifreeze, brake fluid, gasoline, kerosene, transmission fluid, windshield washer fluid, used motor oil
  • Glue, mineral spirits, oil based paint, aerosol paints, paint thinner, paint stripper, rust remover, varnish, wood preservative
  • Fungicide, insecticide, weed killer, rat/mouse poison
  • Household cleaners, gun cleaning solvent, moth balls, lighter fluid, swimming pool chemicals
  • Unused or expired medications (you may also drop off any sharps but they must be in a puncture proof container)
  • Mercury (see link for more information about mercury and our environment)
  • Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL's)
  • Rechargeable batteries, lithium batteries, car batteries (SWMD will take car batteries but these may also be sold to a local scrap dealer)

Items NOT accepted at the monthly HHW Drop-off Days:

Batteries: 
Alkaline batteries can be disposed of in the trash. 

Electronic Waste:

Best Buy
Borden's Waste Away
Computer Recycling, Inc (no TV's)
Goodwill (computers only)
Omni Source (574) 295-4657
Staples


Latex Paint:
Absorb paint with shredded newspaper, kitty litter, sand, sawdust, or other absorbent, and dispose in your trash. Aerosol cans can be emptied of their contents and disposed in the trash. Oil based paint may be taken to the HHW drop-off.

Medications:
Medications may be dropped off at any Elkhart County police station lobby 365 days a year. You may also drop off any sharps (needles, syringes, scalpels, etc.) during a HHW Drop-off Day but they must be in a puncture proof container.  Please DO NOT dispose of medications in any form in the trash or down the drain!

Microwaves:
Omnisource (574) 295-4657
Sam Winers & Co (574) 293-9031
Schupan & Sons (574) 524-2100

Refrigerators & Freezers:
I & M (call 800-253-5661 for pick up)
Omnisource (574) 295-4657

Tires:
Return to a store that sells tires.

Curbside Recycling...

Much of an individual's house waste can be recycled.  For more information about the City's curbside recycling program please be sure to check out our website!