Household Hazardous Waste

What is hazardous waste
and what should I do with it?

Household Hazardous Waste or HHW, refers to a wide variety of commonly generated household chemicals and other items that can be a problem to dispose of properly. HHW includes certain types of paint, varnish, paint thinner, motor oil, antifreeze, gasoline, lawn and garden products, cleaning products, lead acid batteries, pool and hobby chemicals, fluorescent bulbs, smoke detectors, acids, aerosols, etc.

Throwing these items into the trash can pose a health and safety risk to trash collection personnel as well as cause harm to our natural environment. Instead, please dispose of these materials through Mid Michigan Waste Authority’s Household Hazardous Waste program, held on several dates May through September at MMWA’s Community Resource Recovery Center, 2063 S Miller Rd, Saginaw. See poster below for this year’s schedule.

Problem waste drop-offs are open to all Saginaw County residents, along with MMWA member residents from Village of Breckenridge, Bethany Twp. and Wheeler Twp. Drop-off days are free of charge, and no appointment is necessary.

Participation eligibility requirements:

  • Resident of Saginaw County, Village of Breckendridge, Bethany or Wheeler Townships
  • Proof of residency required.
  • Bring material in original labeled containers.
  • Bring material in 5 gallon or smaller containers. NO drums or barrels. For safety reasons, containers cannot be returned to the resident.
  • Per federal/state environmental law, business waste not allowed.

Transport your containers safely:

  • Keep products in original, labeled container.
  • Do NOT pour products together into one container.
  • Adequately seal all containers to prevent accidental spills.
  • Place the items in a box, bag or other container.
  • Secure the box in the trunk or rear section of your vehicle to prevent spillage in the event of sudden stops.