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Materials That Will Be Accepted

  • Waste Oils & Lubricants - engine, gear
  • Paints & Solvents - paints, stains, finishing oils, thinners
  • Pesticides/Herbicides-week & grass killer, insect killers, garden chemicals
  • Poisons-mouse & rat killers, roach & ant killers
  • Waste Fuels-Charcoal lighter, fuel oil, gasoline
  • Aerosols-spray paint, insect sprays
  • Corrosives-lye, acids, drain killer
  • Mercury - elemental, thermostats, switches & relays, vapor lamps
  • Tires *no rims* - St. Joseph County residents only
  • Corrosives-lye, acids, drain killer
  • Batteries - only Ni-Cad, Lithhium, button cell & rechargeable batteries

Amounts To Be Accepted:

  • 200 pounds (lbs) of any liquid (1 gallon equals 8 lbs., 5 gallons equals 42 lbs.)
  • 200 pounds (lbs) of any solid (1 gallon equals 8 lbs., 5 gallons equals 42 lbs.)
  • 8 car tires per year per family ($1.00 per tire charge)

Materials That Are NOT Accepted at the Household Hazardous Waste Center:

  • Appliances
  • Building Materials
  • Medicines
  • Photo chemicals from business units
  • Sharps (medical)
  • Tires on a Rim



Did you know?

Alkaline Batteries

Since 1994, Alkaline batteries which are domestically manufactured no longer contain mercury and can be disposed of in the trash. The most common type of alkaline batteries are AAA, AA, C, D, and 9 Volt. These batteries are marked " No Added Mercury " or have a green tree logo.

Latex Paint

If there is an inch or less of liquid paint in your bucket, you can dispose of it. Since the major ingredient of latex point is water, it can be disposed of by allowing it to harden by pouring the residual paint on an absorbent material, such as: cat litter or shredded paper. Hardened paint can be thrown away in the general trash.

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