Household Hazardous Waste

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program



The Ionia County Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Program has been in operation since 1994, with support from the Health Department. Our goal is to help Ionia County’s residents to safely dispose of hazardous chemicals found in their homes and thereby protect their heath and the health of the environment. The HHW Program is now operated out of the Ionia Conservation District Office.

2017 Household Hazardous Waste Brochure
click to view tri-fold brochure for printing

Appointments can be made during open office hours.
There is no cost to Ionia County residents for this service.
 Click here to see the office hour schedule. 

2017 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Schedule



During the HHW Collection season (April – September) all collections run from 8:00 until Noon, weather permitting. Collections will be canceled or ended early in the event of severe weather. Collections will continue in the rain, as long as there is no lightning in the area.

Please read and follow the Safe Transportation Tips.

All collections are open to ALL Ionia County residents and to pre-approved small businesses who have pre-registered.

What is a household hazardous waste?

Household hazardous wastes (HHW) are usually some type of chemical that may be TOXIC, FLAMMABLE, CORROSIVE, REACTIVE or an IRRITANT. Look for additional signal words on the label such as: DANGER, POISON, WARNING, and CAUTION. Many home and garden products are considered hazardous and contain potentially dangerous chemicals that must be disposed of with special care.

Where might I find HHWs?

If you find a after a household hazardous waste item, click it to find a safe alternative!

  • Automotive products: gasoline, motor oil, auto batteries, antifreeze, cleaners, windshield wiper fluid, car wax, brake fluid, transmission fluid, auto paint, mercury switches
  • Home improvement products: oil-based paint, varnish, stain, paint thinner, paint stripper, caulk, adhesives, fluorescent light bulbs
  • Pesticides: insecticide and insect repellent, weed killer, rat and mouse poison, pet spray and dip, flea collars, mothballs, disinfectant, wood preservative, fly traps
  • Pool Chemicals: Chlorine/Bromine tablets, shock treatments, water balancers
  • Household cleaners: furniture polish and wax, oven cleaner, ammonia, drain opener, tub and tile cleaner, toilet bowl cleaner, scouring powders, and upholstery/carpet cleaners
  • Mercury-containing devices: fever thermometers
  • Household cleaners: spot and stain removers, bleach, dyes, dry cleaning solvents
  • Hobby: photographic chemicals, artists’ paints & mediums, fiberglass epoxy, gun cleaning solvents, alcohols, creosote, cutting oil, glues, mineral spirits, naphtha, paint brush cleaners, polyurethane coatings, rust remover, turpentine, wood stains & preservatives

There are too many hazardous products available to be able to list them all here. If you are not sure about something you would like to bring, just contact us and ask. Contact Information:
Ionia Conservation District
616-527-2620, Ext. 101

Wastes NOT accepted:

Attention small businesses!

We are now able to accept wastes from Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generators (CESQG). Waste can only be accepted after pre-approval, by appointment, at our facility or at the collection events.

How do you know if you are a CESQG? Read me.

Fill out and return our CESQG disposal application to find out if you can be approved for disposal through our program. Contact the office with any questions (616-527-2620, ext 101).

CESQGs will be charged for disposal.

Safe Transportation Tips

  • Please bring wastes in original or hand-labeled containers with caps and lids fully tightened or secured. Never mix hazardous wastes together.
  • Place waste containers in sturdy boxes and place newspaper or cardboard between them. Plastic totes work very well and can be returned to you.
  • Place leaking or open containers in a clear plastic bag. We affectionately refer to black garbage bags as “black bags of death”, as we are unable to determine what is inside unless we open them and look or reach in. If chemicals have spilled and mixed inside, lethal vapors can form that present a major health and safety issue for our workers. DO NOT place items in a bag we can not see through and DO NOT put multiple items of differing types in the same bag – for our safety and yours.
  • Transport wastes as far from passengers as possible. Keep your vehicle well ventilated. Secure the load to prevent shifting during transport.
  • Do not eat, drink, or smoke while packing, transporting, or dropping off hazardous waste.
  • At the collection, remain in your car. Trained personnel will unload your vehicle.

Can’t make it to a collection event?

Contact the office and schedule an appointment. Appointments can be made from mid-April through mid-October for Wednesdays and Fridays between 10 am and 4 pm.

How can I help?

We rely on volunteers to help conduct our special collections, such as those for HHW disposal and electronics recycling.

If you are interested in volunteering or would like more information, please contact the office (616-527-2620, ext 101).

Want to lend a hand but you don’t have the time?


Disposal costs an average of $51 per participant or 45¢ per pound of waste. Donations are accepted at the collections, are tax-deductable, and are greatly appreciated.

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