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Household Hazardous Waste

Household Hazardous WasteHousehold Hazardous Waste Program

Household hazardous wastes (HHW) are leftover, unwanted or unusable household products that contain hazardous ingredients. A household product is considered hazardous if it is toxic (poisonous), flammable, caustic (causes burns), or chemically reactive. For example, oil-based paint, drain cleaners, pool chemicals, some pesticides, hobby supplies, used motor oil, car batteries, and antifreeze contain hazardous ingredients.

Dumping HHW improperly can cause contamination to the environment and may pose a health hazard to you. Some of these items can be reused, others can be recycled, and some of them must be managed as hazardous waste. The Ottawa County Health Department offers free disposal of HHW at any Resource Recovery Center .

For more information call 616-393-5645