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Household Hazardous Waste Information

What is HHW?

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) is the unwanted or unusable portion of products that contain substances that can be harmful to human health and the environment.

How can I tell if a product is hazardous?

Look for the words Danger, Warning, or Caution on the product label. “Danger” warnings are found on extremely hazardous products. “Warning” and “Caution” indicate less of a hazard, however, these products should be handled carefully and disposed of with caution. A hazardous product can be toxic, flammable, corrosive, reactive or any combination of these.

Toxic -
A poisonous product which can cause illness. Pesticides, paint thinners, auto products and some cleaners are toxic. Look for warning labels like “Harmful or fatal if swallowed”.

Flammable -
A product which can catch fire spontaneously or burn easily. Paint thinners, solvents, and auto products are the most flammable home products. Look for warning labels like “Do not use near heat or flame”.

Corrosive -
A product which can cause a chemical reaction which will eat through materials or living tissue. Oven cleaners, drain cleaners, toilet bowl cleaners and automotive batteries are common corrosive products. Look for warning labels like “Causes severe burns on contact”.

Explosive/Reactive -
A product which can explode or react violently when subjected to heat, sudden shock, pressure or contact with an incompatible substance. Pool/spa chemicals, fireworks and ammunition are the most explosive or reactive products.


Why should I be concerned about HHW?

  • Disposing of HHW in the trash can endanger sanitation workers, or contribute to contamination of leaking landfills
  • Dumping HHW in storm drains, or into sewer or septic systems, can pollute drinking water sources, lakes and streams
  • Improper storage and handling of HHW poses fire hazards or poisoning risks


NoHaz Program
Due to severe budget contraints, we regret that the former NoHaz program will not be available in 2010.

Many non-essential programs, including but not limited to summer staffing, educational staff programs, and the NoHaz Program had to be sacrificed due to the current economy and declining revenues, and in an effort to maintain the current level of essential programs such as police and fire services. Commerce Township and Wolverine Lake Village are affected due to Commerce Township funding the NoHaz program for both communities in the past. These programs and services will be reviewed on an annual basis and reinstated as the economy allows.


Thomas K. Zoner