University Environmental Health and Safety-Northwest

University Environmental Health and Safety-Northwest

Household Hazardous Waste Disposal

Household Hazardous Waste Disposal

We come in contact with many hazardous substances everyday.  Generally, we call these household hazardous materials.  Here is a list of some of materials that you may find in your home or garage.

Batteries, Drain Cleaners, Bleach, Mothballs, Toilet Cleaners, Carpet Cleaners, Kerosene, Pool Chemicals, Photo Chemicals, Upholstery Cleaners, Fuel Oil, Insecticides, Disinfectants, Hair Spray, Polishes, Solvents, Flea Collars and Sprays, Roach and Ant Killers, Rat and Mouse Poisons, and the list continues on.

The average Hoosier household contains between 3 and 10 gallons of hazardous wastes.  This includes not only the obvious stuff marked POISON! with a skull and crossbones but lots of other things we buy for use around the house, garage, garden, or shop.  Certain chemicals in these products can cause water pollution or air pollution if they're carelessly tossed out. But you can help bring an end to environmental pollution from household hazardous wastes. Here are the three easy steps.

  1. Be a smart buyer.
  2. Switch to non-hazardous products that will do the job.
  3. Dispose of hazardous products the safe way.

From time to time, local communities sponsor household hazardous waste disposal programs when residents are invited to bring their household hazardous wastes--motor oil and other car care products, painting supplies, herbicides, pesticides, batteries, etc.--to a collection site where the materials are sorted and packed for shipment to safe disposal facilities.  Lake, LaPorte, and Porter Counties do participate in such programs.

Lake Michigan Districts Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program
Coming Soon:  2014 Collection Schedule

For More Information:  Lake Co. (800) 946-4449, LaPorte Co. (219) 326-1425, Porter Co. (219) 465-3694

Policies for Materials

  • LATEX PAINT: The Lake Michigan Districts' HHW Collection Program only accepts latex paint that is usable and attractive as an exchange item. If your latex paint is old, please leave the lid off until it dries completely or add some cat litter or sand to it . Once dried, it may be disposed of with your household trash.
  • Batteries, household cleansers, oil based paints, varnishes, solvents, pesticides, oil, and antifreeze are all accepted at the HHW collection sites.
  • The Lake Michigan Districts' HHW Program CANNOT accept medical waste, biological waste, explosives, radioactive waste (smoke detectors, TV tubes, etc.), asbestos or bad latex paints. 
  • The Lake Michigan Districts' HHW Program can accept ammunition at the Lake County events.
  • The Lake Michigan Districts' HHW Program can accept sharps (used needles).
  • The above schedule is provided for public information and is tentative in nature. Please check your local newspaper for exact times and locations.

Learn more about proper handling and disposal of household hazardous waste. Contact your solid waste management district or the Indiana Department of Environmental Management