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Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Guide

Antifreeze contains a hazardous chemical, ethylene glycol that should not be disposed in trash, sewers, or drains. This chemical tastes and smells sweet, making it attractive to children and pets- be sure to store it out of their reach!
Reduce and Reuse: Antifreeze does not “go bad.” Make sure to use up the whole bottle before you buy another one. If you cannot use it up, offer it to a friend or neighbor. Recycle: The companies below will recycle unwanted antifreeze usually for a small fee:

Company Name Address Phone # Fee
Recycle Ann Arbor 2420 S. Industrial Rd., Ann Arbor (734) 662-6288 $1.00 / gallon
City Environmental 2000 E. Ferry St., Detroit (313) 923-2240 Free for Detroit residents only

Batteries (Car and Boat)

Car batteries contain lead and sulfuric acid, and should not be disposed of in landfills.  Local battery recyclers can recycle the lead, sulfuric acid and plastic casing. When you buy a new battery at a service station, ask them to recycle the old one. The facilities listed below will accept automotive or boat batteries free of charge. Call for specific guidelines.

Company Name Address Phone #
*Meijer Automotive 9701 Belleville Rd., Van Buren Twp. (734) 699-0406
***Walmart Automotive 10562 Belleville Rd., Van Buren Twp (734) 697-2078
****Auto Lab 5811 N Canton Center Rd., Canton Twp. (734) 454-9930
*****Battery Solutions 38680 Michigan Ave., Wayne (248) 446-3001
** City Environmental 2000 E. Ferry St., Detroit (313) 923-2240
Auto Zone Facilities Check your phone book for locations
Murray’s Discount Auto Stores 44908 Ford Rd., Canton Twp.
2165 Washtenaw Rd., Ypsilanti Twp.
(734) 459-6200
(734) 482-2506
Washtenaw County Regional Drop-Off Station 2950 E. Ellsworth Rd., Ann Arbor (734) 971-7400

* DOES NOT take car batteries unless you purchase one there and have it replaced there…can’t drop of batteries
** Free for Detroit residents only
***Only takes car batteries if you buy one there
**** Car Batteries only
*****Charge for Car batteries (http://www.batteryrecycling.com/wetcellrec.html)

Batteries (Household)

Household batteries (dry cells) contain heavy metals (mercury, lead, cadmium, etc.) that can pose a potential threat to water and human health if disposed of improperly.
Reduce: Use an A/C adapter instead of batteries whenever possible.
Reuse: Use rechargeable batteries to save money and the environment. One charger can charge many different sizes of batteries.
Recycle: Household batteries can be brought to Van Buren Township’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day.
Contact the facilities listed below for recycling options:

Company Name Address Phone #
* Battery Solutions 38680 Michigan Ave., Wayne (734) 467-9110
Depot Town Farmer’s Market 651 Rice St., City of Ypsilanti (734) 483-1421
Civic Center 7200 S. Huron River Dr., Ypsilanti Twp. (734) 484-0073
Grove Recycling Service 12860 Evergreen Rd., Detroit (313) 272-5335
Washtenaw County Regional Drop-Off Station 2950 E. Ellsworth Rd., Ann Arbor (734) 971-7400
Washtenaw County Home Toxic Reduction Program 705 N. Zeeb Road, Ann Arbor (734) 222-3950
Recycle Ann Arbor 2420 S. Industrial Rd., Ann Arbor (734) 662-6288
** City Environmental 2000 E. Ferry St., Detroit (313) 923-0080

* Fee: $0.85/lbs for household batteries. Contact Doug Smith for further price information
** Free for Detroit residents only

Cell phones

Just as batteries, unused cell phones are hazardous waste when disposed improperly. The heavy metals such as lead, cadmium, etc could be a threat to human health and the environment.

Reduce: Only replace your cell phone when it is damaged and not able to function properly anymore
Reuse: You can donate undesirable cell phones to companies such as ReCellular and they re-sell the phones with affordable prices to countries in Latin America.
Recycle: You can avoid dumping hazardous elements from your cell phones by recycling at the end of their life cycle. Contact your carrier – they may offer a cell phone recycling program and a tax credit for recycling cell phones through their program. You can also contact the facilities listed below for recycling options:

Company Name Address Phone #
Recycle Ann Arbor 2420 S. Industrial Rd., Ann Arbor (734) 662-6288
ReCellular 2555 Bishop Circle West, Dexter (734) 205-2200
Great Lakes Electronic Recycling 19030 Fitzpatrick St., Detroit (313) 838-7000
Grove Recycling Service 12860 Evergreen Rd., Detroit (313) 272-5335
Washtenaw County Regional Drop-Off Station 2950 E. Ellsworth Rd., Ann Arbor (734) 971-7400
** City Environmental 2000 E. Ferry St., Detroit (313) 923-0080

** Free for Detroit residents only

Computers

According to Stanford Research Inc., between 1997 and 2007, nearly 500 million personal computers will become obsolete-almost two computers for each person in the United States.  That will amount to 6.32 billion pounds of plastics, 1.58 billion pounds of lead, 3 million pounds of cadmium, 1.9 million pound of chromium & 632,000 pounds of mercury.
Presently most E-waste ends up in our landfills or incinerators. We can prevent adding to the growing proportions of hazardous waste in the following ways:
Reduce: See if you can update your processor or add memory to upgrade your computer. This will save you money and will salvage a usable computer.
Reuse: Some computer stores will buy computers in working order or consider donating your computer to a non-profit organization, such as a local church, school, or shelter.
Recycle: Residents can avoid contributing to the growing hazardous e-waste by recycling electronics at the end of their life cycle. Listed below are some of the possible computer de-manufacturing companies operating in Southeast Michigan, call first to see if there is a charge.

Company Name Address Phone #
Battery Solutions 38680 Michigan Ave., Wayne (734) 467-9110
*Scrap Computer 7185 Jackson Ave., Ann Arbor (734) 769-0705
Recycle Ann Arbor 2420 S. Industrial Rd., Ann Arbor (734) 662-6288
Washtenaw County Regional Drop-Off Station 2950 E. Ellsworth Rd., Ann Arbor (734) 971-7400
**Great Lakes Electronic Recycling 19030 Fitzpatrick St., Detroit (313) 838-7000
Grove Recycling Service 12860 Evergreen Rd., Detroit (313) 272-5335
City Environmental 2000 E. Ferry St., Detroit (313) 923-0080
***Habitat for Humanity Restore 3080 E. Outer Dr., Detroit (313) 653-4890
Ryan Correctional Facility 17600 Ryan Rd., Detroit (313) 368-3200

* Computers free, Printers $2
** Also accepts TV’s and VCR’s
*** Takes computer donations
For Rebates of up to $50 for donating or recycling an old PC, call (888) 285-6201 and contact Gateway customer service or visithttp://www.gateway.com/about/corp_responsibility/env_options.shtml

Inkjet & Laser Cartridges

All US Post Offices provide prepaid mailing envelopes for used inkjet cartridges. The cartridges are sent for recycling. Check your local post office for details. Other facilities accepting cartridges are listed below.

Company Name Address Phone #
ReCellular 2555 Bishop Circle West, Dexter (734) 205-2200
** City Environmental 2000 E. Ferry St., Detroit (313) 923-0080
Washtenaw County Regional Drop-Off Station 2950 E. Ellsworth Rd., Ann Arbor (734) 971-7400
Great Lakes Electronic Recycling 19030 Fitzpatrick St., Detroit (313) 838-7000
Grove Recycling Service 12860 Evergreen Rd., Detroit (313) 272-5335

** Free for Detroit residents only

Mercury

Mercury is a cancer-causing substance and neurotoxin that can cause harm through direct contact and from inhalation. It is most commonly found in household thermometers and becomes a hazard when the thermometer, or other mercury-containing device, breaks. Due to mercury’s volatility and potential for inhalation, spilled mercury should be cleaned up as quickly and thoroughly as possible. Call the MDEQ at 1-800-292-4706 to report pollution emergencies and call the DEQ Environmental Assistance center at 1-800-662-9278 for non-emergency calls only. The following organization will accept mercury-containing devices (thermometers, thermostats, switches) or free flowing mercury for proper disposal:

Company Name Address Phone #
** City Environmental 2000 E. Ferry St., Detroit (313) 923-0080
*Washtenaw County Home Toxic Reduction Program 705 N. Zeeb Road, Ann Arbor (734) 222-3950
*Chemical Analytics 29959 Beverly Rd., Romulus (734) 326-9400
*Battery Solutions 38680 Michigan Ave., Wayne (734) 467-9110
City Environmental 2000 E. Ferry St., Detroit (313) 923-0080

* Accepts Mercury Thermometers
** Free for Detroit residents only

 

Motor Oil

Used motor oil contains toxic impurities such as lead and cadmium, and can pose serious threats to our environment if disposed of improperly. If oil is poured onto the ground, or down a sewer or storm drain, toxic substances could eventually end up in our lakes, streams, or drinking water. Therefore, it is of great importance that used motor oil is disposed of properly.
Recycle: When a service station changes your oil, it recycles the old oil. When changing your own oil, place it into a sturdy, sealed, clear container (such as a milk jug), and deliver it to one of the facilities listed below for free recycling:

Company Name Address Phone #
* Recycle Ann Arbor 2420 S. Industrial Rd., Ann Arbor (734) 662-6288
** City Environmental 2000 E. Ferry St., Detroit (313) 923-0080
Lube Stop of Belleville 10645 Belleville Rd., Van Buren Twp. (734) 699-0798
Walmart Automotive 10562 Belleville Rd., Van Buren Twp (734) 697-2078
*** American Waste Oil 44141 Yost Rd., Belleville (734) 397-2300
Auto Lab 5811 N Canton Center Rd., Canton Twp. (734) 454-9930
*Murray’s Discount Auto  Parts 44908 Ford Rd., Canton Twp.2165 Washtenaw Rd., Ypsilanti Twp. (734) 459-6200(734) 482-2506

* Free up to 5 gallons
** Free for Detroit residents only
*** Per 5 gallons bottle

Paint

Oil based paints and paint thinners contain solvents that are flammable and evaporate quickly, creating fumes that you breathe. Many paints contain heavy metals such as cadmium, and oil paints can contain lead. These materials can pose serious threats to human health if disposed of improperly.
Reduce: Buy only as much as you need to do the job. Try to share leftover paint with neighbors and friends. For paint that must be disposed of, consider the following disposal guidelines:
o        Latex paint is only dangerous while in its liquid form. Once dried out, it can be safely disposed of with your regular trash. Sawdust or kitty litter can be added to speed up the drying process.
o        Oil based paint can be brought to Van Buren Township’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day. Also, check out the following list of facilities:

Company Name Address Phone #
*City Environmental 2000 E. Ferry St., Detroit (313) 923-0080
Waste Recovery Facility 2263 E. Ferry St., Detroit (313) 876-0146
City Environmental 2000 E. Ferry St., Detroit (313) 923-0080
Petro-Chemical 515 Lycaste, Detroit (313) 824-5539
**Habitat for Humanity ReStore 3080 East Outer Dr., Detroit (313) 653-4890
Washtenaw County Home Toxic Reduction Program 705 N. Zeeb Road, Ann Arbor (734) 222-3950

* Free for Detroit residents only
**Only accepts full paint canisters

Propane Tanks

Reduce and Reuse: When purchasing a propane tank, ask if it can be returned for recycling or disposal when empty. When possible, choose a grill or stove that comes equipped with a reusable tank. Here are some sites that accept used propane tanks either for exchange or for disposal for a small fee:

Company Name

Address

Phone #

Service

* Recycle Ann Arbor 2420 S. Industrial Rd., Ann Arbor (734) 662-6288 Disposal
** City Environmental 2000 E. Ferry St., Detroit (313) 923-0080
***Meijer Gas Station 9701 Belleville Rd., Van Buren Twp.

(734) 699-0429

Exchange
***Walmart Auto 10562 Belleville Rd., Van Buren Twp.

(734) 697-2078

Exchange
***Walt Michal’s RV   Center 44700 N I-94 Service Dr., Van Buren Twp.

1-800- 697-2500

Disposal
***Pro Hardware 458 Main St., Belleville

(734) 697-9595

Exchange

* 20-pound size, $5/each; 1-pound camping tank, $1/each
** Free for Detroit residents only
*** Exchange propane tanks (refill)

Smoke Detectors

Smoke detectors can contain two types of materials that may be hazardous – radium or americium. Manufacturers are no longer required to accept smoke detectors, but you may try to contact the manufacturer and find out about their specific policy.
Since some may contain heavy metals or radioactive waste, send old detectors back to the factory for safe disposal. The address can be found on the carton or, for most common brands, contact
o        First Alert, Radioactive Waste Disposal, 780 McClure Rd., Aurora, IL 60504, 1-800-323-9005 or;
o        American Sensors 1-800-387-4219.
Homeowners can dispose of smoke detectors in licensed solid waste landfills.

Landfill Name Address Phone # Contact name
Woodland Meadows Landfill Van Buren 5900 Hannan Rd., Van Buren Twp. (734) 326-8230 Paul Mazanec
Sauk Trail Hills Landfill 5011 S Lilley, Canton Twp. (734) 397-2790 Angela Leonard
Washtenaw County Home Toxic Reduction Program 705 N. Zeeb Road, Ann Arbor (734) 222-3950

There is a non-radioactive smoke detector available. These photoelectric smoke detectors use a tiny beam of light to detect smoke particles, which means fewer annoying false alarms, increased sensitivity to larger smoke particles, and faster detection of smoldering fires. These are available by special order at some hardware and electrical supply stores and the following business sells them for a starting price of $29.95.

Tires

Michigan residents and businesses generate more than nine million used tires every year. When
improperly discarded, piles of old tires can lead to hazardous fires or serve as a breeding ground for    mosquitoes.
Recycle: When you need new tires on your car, leave the old ones with the tire service station for free disposal. The companies listed below offer disposal for a nominal fee if you only want to dispose of old tires:

Company Name Address Phone # Fees
Belle Tire 45875 Ford Rd., Canton Twp. (734) 844-6001 $3.00 / tire
Discount Tire Co Inc 41550 Ford Rd., Canton Twp. (734) 981-6800 $2.00 / tire
Spartan Tire and Service, Inc 835 Ecorse Rd., Ypsilanti (734) 482-1182 $2.50 / tire
Waddles Tire Service 17026 Dix Rd., Brownstown Twp. (734) 283-1644 $2.00 / car tire
$7.00/ med truck
Recycle Ann Arbor 2420 S. Industrial Rd., Ann Arbor (734) 662-6288 $3.00/ tire up to 16‘’
$15.00/tire up to 25’’

Toys, Books, Furniture, Clothing, Kitchenware, Sporting Goods, Mattresses,  Games, and other household items.

It is not necessary to throw these items away so that they will end up in a landfill.  Other people can use these items, especially if they are still in good shape. Consider donating your items to a non-profit organization, such as a local church, school, or shelter.  You can also try some of the following thrift stores or resale shops:

Company Name Address Phone # Accepts
Once Upon A Child 5804 N Sheldon Rd., Canton Twp. (734) 459-6669 Kid’s clothing
Recycle Ann Arbor 2950 E. Industrial Rd., Ann Arbor (734) 971-7400 Hardcover books, clothing
Salvation Army 5875 Middlebelt Rd., Romulus (734) 467-5849 Everything
St. Vincent De Paul Society 1001 Broadway, Ann Arbor (734) 761-1400 Everything
Dress For Success 3075 Clark Rd., Ypsilanti (734) 712-0517 Interview suits
Children’s Orchard 2216 S. Main St., Ann Arbor (734) 995-8889 Kid’s clothing
Kiwanis of Ann Arbor 200 S. First St., Ann Arbor (734) 665-2211 Everything

The Recycle Ann Arbor Reuse Center also accepts a wide variety of items including styrofoam and plastic bags.  Call them for more information at (734) 662-6288 or (734) 971-7400 for drop off.  They are located at 2420 S. Industrial, Ann Arbor. Check website for lists of things accepted atwww.recycleannarbor.org

Household Hazardous Waste Information

Household Hazardous Waste: Steps to Safe Management (http://www.epa.gov/epaoswer/non-hw/househld/hhw-broc.pdf): A brief introduction by the EPA to Household Hazardous Waste

Household Hazardous Waste Additional Information (http://www.michiganrecycles.org/index.php/recycling/special-wastes/92-recycling/uncommon-items/52-household-hazardous-waste): A much more comprehensive and informative site on Household Hazardous Waste developed jointly by the US EPA Region 5 office and Purdue University. It contains a graphic tour of waste within a house, a glossary of hazardous compounds, management tips, and chemical alternatives

Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Methods (http://www.waynecounty.com/doe_lrm_prog_swplanning_hhwp.htm): Go here to learn about the disposal method of various household chemicals.

Household Hazardous Waste

Alternative Household Cleaners

Try these Environmentally Safe Recipes before you clean or disinfect.

Earth Scrub Tub & Tile Cleaner
1 2/3  cups baking soda
½ cup of liquid soap
½ cup of water
2 tbsp vinegarIn a bowl, stir with a fork until the lumps are gone
To use: Squirt this cleaner anywhere! Use it for the tub, sink, toilet bowl, countertop, etc!
Furniture Polish
One part distilled white vinegar
Three parts olive oil
Add a little natural lemon oil
Glass Cleaner
Just use plain club soda for a great glass cleaner that works much better than commercial cleaners and isn’t harmful to breathe!
-or-
1 tsp cornstarch
¼ cup whit vinegar
½ gallon warm water
Combine in spray bottle and use on glass and windows!
Disinfectant
Borax and water spray solution
Drain Cleaner
¼ cup baking soda
2 ounces vinegar
Cover drain tightly and flush with hot waterDeodorizer
Baking soda or vinegar in an open dish
-or-
2 cups corn meal
1 cup boraz
Mix and sprinkle on carpet.  Leave on for 15 minutes and then vacuum.
Oven Cleaner
Put salt on spills when warmRust Remover
¨      Sprinkle a little bit of salt on the rust.
¨      Squeeze a lime over the salt until it is nicely soaked in lime juice.
¨      Leave the mixture on for two or three hours
¨      Use the leftover rind as a handy scrubber.
The rust is gone!Floor Cleaner
¼ cup white vinegar
¼ cup washing soda (sodium carbonate)
1 gallon warm water

Alternative Household Cleaners

Try these Environmentally Safe Recipes before you clean or disinfect.

Earth Scrub Tub & Tile Cleaner
1 2/3  cups baking soda
½ cup of liquid soap
½ cup of water
2 tbsp vinegarIn a bowl, stir with a fork until the lumps are gone
To use: Squirt this cleaner anywhere! Use it for the tub, sink, toilet bowl, countertop, etc!
Furniture Polish
One part distilled white vinegar
Three parts olive oil
Add a little natural lemon oil
Glass Cleaner
Just use plain club soda for a great glass cleaner that works much better than commercial cleaners and isn’t harmful to breathe!-or-
1 tsp cornstarch
¼ cup whit vinegar
½ gallon warm water
Combine in spray bottle and use on glass and windows!
Disinfectant
Borax and water spray solution
Drain Cleaner
¼ cup baking soda
2 ounces vinegar
Cover drain tightly and flush with hot water
Deodorizer
Baking soda or vinegar in an open dish-or-
2 cups corn meal
1 cup boraz
Mix and sprinkle on carpet.  Leave on for 15 minutes and then vacuum.
Oven Cleaner Put salt on spills when warm
Rust Remover
¨      Sprinkle a little bit of salt on the rust.
¨      Squeeze a lime over the salt until it is nicely soaked in lime juice.
¨      Leave the mixture on for two or three hours
¨      Use the leftover rind as a handy scrubber.
The rust is gone!
Floor Cleaner
¼ cup white vinegar
¼ cup washing soda (sodium carbonate)
1 gallon warm water