Home Toxics (Paint, Oil, Pesticides & More)
The Home Toxics Reduction Program (HTRP) provides Washtenaw County residents with a disposal option for flammable, poisonous, toxic and corrosive materials.
Operated by the Washtenaw County Office of the Water Resources Commissioner and the Board of Public Works, the Home Toxics Reduction Program seeks to address the environmental and public health effects resulting from improper handling and disposal of home toxics. Hazardous products can ultimately make its way into our water, soil, and air, causing environmental and public health issues. The best way to prevent this is either through reducing the manufacturing of home toxics or entirely utilizing the products in the way they are intended.
When preparing to buy new products for your home, read the label first to see if it poses a threat. The product may be hazardous if words such as: warning, caution, flammable, poison, danger, corrosive, combustible, toxic, or hazardous are on the label.
This program has collected and properly disposed of over 3.6 million pounds of toxic materials since it began in 1995. All this is recycled, reused, or safely disposed of, and is therefore prevented from impacting public health and the environment.
There are two options for accessing the program:
- Saturday collection events (see "Regular Collections" below)
- Monday-Friday appointments (see "Appointments" below)
Regular collection events are held the first three Saturdays of the month, April through November, 9 a.m. to noon, except for holiday weekends. No appointment needed on Saturdays! Please check the calendar below for up to date information.
Note: due to holiday weekends, collections will be closed on October 12 and November 9.
If you can't make it to a Saturday collection, call the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) hotline at 734-222-3950 to schedule a weekday drop-off appointment. Appointments are available Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
While we may be able to accommodate you sooner, please allow 48 hours advance notice to schedule an appointment.
Why make an appointment?
Making an appointment guarantees staff are available to take your items, makes you our priority, and improves our efficiency. When making an appointment we will discuss the items you are bringing in to ensure you aren’t turned away and are transporting hazardous material in the safest manner possible. Unscheduled drop offs will need to wait for staff assistance while residents with appointments are being helped.
Eligibility & Cost
The Home Toxics Collection Program is open to all Washtenaw County Residents and is not able to accommodate businesses and/or organizations. If you need information or help to find disposal options, please contact us or visit our Business Recycling page.
The collection program is a free service for residents. We do accept donations, which go directly to the cost of disposal. Donations are important because our program is not supported by tax dollars.
Never drop-off toxic materials without a County employee to assist you. leaving toxic materials outside the collection area fence or anywhere in the parking lot is strictly prohibited.
Weekday appointments are required to check in at the Office of the Water Resources Commissioner’s window. To reach this window, park in front of the building, and go through two sets of double doors. It is not the long counter in front of you, but the window on your right. Staff will check you in and direct you where to go from there.
To participate in a Saturday drop-off, follow the posted signs to the back of the building where staff will assist you.
Inclement Weather Notice
All appointments are subject to postponement due to inclement weather such as severe storms and wind, high heat, freezing temperatures, and more. If you have an appointment, staff will notify you if we cannot serve you as planned. A closed Saturday collection notification will be posted to the Washtenaw County Water Resources Commission home page and Facebook page. Please check online or call ahead if you are uncertain.
If you're interested in keeping hazardous materials out of the environment, recycling, or public service, you'll enjoy volunteering with us! Our Saturday collections utilize volunteers to check in customers and remove materials from their vehicles. Volunteers help us run efficiently and smoothly. Snacks, protective equipment, and training are provided!