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Program's Purpose

The Solid Waste Management District's Household Hazardous Waste Program is has two main goals:
  • To educate the public about household hazardous waste.
  • Make available safe and acceptable disposal options for household hazardous waste

What Is Hazardous Waste?

Danger Hazardous Material
A hazardous waste is any solid, liquid, or contained gaseous materiel that is discarded through the process of recycling, disposal or being burned/incinerated.

What are the characteristics of Wastes?

  • It is an ignitable substance under certain conditions.
  • It is a known corrosive.
  • It is unstable and could be explosive.
  • It is harmful or fatal when ingested or absorbed.

What Services Are Provided By The Program?

The program is designed to inform residents of St. Joseph County proper methods of disposal for household hazardous waste. If improperly disposed of, these wastes could threaten the quality of human health or the environment. In addition, the program also makes available to St. Joseph County residents and others a proper method of disposal of non-commercial household hazardous waste.

Who can use the Services with this Program?

The service is available to any resident of St. Joseph County and surrounding counties, provided that a residential unit generated the waste material. Eligible waste disposal must be from non-commercial activities. The committee has defined commercial activities as any activity, which is performed by a person for which the person receives or expects to receive payment.

What are the common Methods Of Disposal of Waste?

Recycled OR Reclaimed

This is the preferred option of the Solid Waste Management District. Some waste materials are processed so that they have a recoverable value. An example of this is a battery sent to a recycler for reusable lead.

Recovered For Heat

Nearly all of the liquid paints and solvents, waste fuels, and some of the non-recyclable oils will be disposed of through heat recovery. Heat recovery is used when a liquid, solid, or semi-solid waste has value as a fuel.


Waste materials that can be completely destroyed by burning. Pesticides, herbicides, and poisons are disposed of in this manner.


Other appropriate disposal options will be selected as the district sees necessary.

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