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Household Hazardous Waste

Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Day October 5, 2019


First Saturday in May and first Saturday in October every year

Pic-HHW.jpgMost households contain materials that can be hazardous and must be disposed of carefully. Improper disposal can be dangerous to people and the environment. For years, it was common for homeowners to throw chemicals into the trash, onto the ground or down the drain. While it seemed the amount from an individual household was small, the cumulative effect was significant. A typical community the size of Bloomfield Township discards two tons of toilet bowl cleaner, seven tons of liquid household cleaner and two tons of motor oil each month. Unfortunately, landfills, storm drains and sewage treatment plants are not designed to treat chemical wastes. Without special treatment, the chemicals may stay in the environment and move into recreational and drinking water supplies.


Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Day

Bloomfield Township sponsors two Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Days each year, typically the first Saturday in May and the first Saturday in October. The drop-off site will be located in the DPW parking lot on the Township campus (look for signs on drop-off day). This service is for residents only; proof of residency is required. For residents unable to participate in the Township Drop-off Days, materials can be taken to the following facilities for a charge.

  • US Ecology ( located in Detroit) Call ahead to schedule an appointment 800-396-3265.
  • ERG (on Merriman in Livonia)  734-437-9650.

Common Household Hazardous Wastes


Accepted Material:

  • Oil based paints/stains
  • Paint Thinners
  • Herbicides
  • Pesticides
  • Household Cleaners
  • Batteries
  • Motor Oil
  • Pool Chemicals
  • Ammonia
  • Gasoline
  • Antifreeze
  • Transmission Fluid
  • Brake Fluid
  • Mercury
  • Aerosol Cans
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Propane
  • Solvents
  • Wood Stripper
  • CFL Light Bulbs

Questions? 248-594-2800

Light Bulb Disposal

Compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulb recycling is important in preventing mercury from entering the waste stream and the environment. Fluorescent light bulbs use approximately one-quarter of the energy of a common incandescent bulb and last an average of 10,000 hours. Normal incandescent bulbs have a life expectancy of about 750 hours. Using fluorescent bulbs is a great way to save energy.
Proper disposal of these energy saving products is very important. Spent lighting products are the second largest source of mercury contamination in our municipal solid waste systems. Recycling fluorescent light bulbs keeps toxic mercury out of the environment, where even a few ounces can be a danger to wildlife, fish and humans. CFL bulbs can be brought to the Township Household Hazard Waste Drop-Off Events held the first Saturday of May and October or dropped off at Home Depot.

Disposal of a Broken Light Bulb

If a light bulb breaks, open a window to let vapors escape and leave the room for fifteen minutes. Wear disposable rubber gloves, and clean up the area with a wet paper towel or single-use wipe. Double plastic bag everything for disposal.
For more information on light bulbs and their disposal please visit the following sites:
 Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

Environmental Protection Agency – Mercury Containing Bulb Recycling Programs

For potential alternate resources for the disposal of these and many other items check out the  2008 ARC Resource Recovery Guide.


Alternatives for Household Cleaning Solutions

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Alternatives for Household Cleaning Solutions

Many common household tasks can be performed effectively with harmless substances rather than the more-often used hazardous chemicals. Consider the following tips:



  • Polish
    Equal parts mineral oil and lemon oil or equal parts mineral oil and Murphy's Oil Soap.
  • Wood
    2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon white vinegar in 1 quart warm water. Spray, then dry with soft cloth
  • Upholstered
    6 tablespoons soap flakes, 1 pint boiling water, 2 tablespoons borax
  • Leather
    Murphy's Oil Soap


  • Cleaner
    ¼ cup white vinegar, ¼ cup washing soda (sodium carbonate) in 1 gallon warm water
  • Painted Wood
    1 tablespoon washing soda in 1 gallon warm water
  • Vinyl, Natural Wood
    Murphy's Oil Soap

Wax Remover

  • 3 tablespoons washing soda in 1 quart warm water

Drain Cleaner

  • Plunger or plumber's snake or
    ¼ cup baking soda and 2 ounces vinegar; cover drain tightly and flush with hot water, or
    flush weekly with boiling water, or
    ½ cup washing soda and boiling water

All Purpose Cleaner

  • Baking soda and water for ovens, cutting boards, coffee stains, toilets, basin, tub and tile
  • Water mixed with salt or borax for formica
  • Baking soda and vinegar for crusted food in pans

Oven Cleaner

  • Put salt on spills while warm
  • Loosen soil with ¼ cut ammonia left overnight


  • Baking soda or vinegar in open dish
  • Air out room
  • Fresh flowers or herbs
  • Mix 2 cups corn meal and 1 cup borax and sprinkle on carpet, leave 15 minutes and vacuum


  • Borax and water spray solution, then keep area aired out and dry
  • 1 tablespoon bleach in 1 gallon of warm water (wipe on a clean surface and let air dry)

Stain Removal

  • For rust or hard water deposits - vinegar or lemon juice
  • For copper pots - lemon halves dipped in salt (or rub with vinegar)
  • For coffee cups - baking soda
  • Corn meal and water mixed into paste for general use

Personal Care Products

  • Avoid aerosols; use pump sprays

Silver Polish

  • Soak in 1 quart water, 2 tablespoons baking soda, 1 tablespoon salt and a small piece of aluminum foil


Paint, Paint Remover

  • Use water based latex paints. Use sandpaper and sander as paint remover

Window cleaner (glass cleaner)

  • ½ cup white vinegar in 1 gallon water, rub dry with newspaper

Pesticides **

  • Boric acid for cockroaches, traps for rats and mice

Wood preservatives


Purchase pre-treated wood



  • Soap, borax or washing soda or use less detergent


  • ¼ cup vinegar in wash cycle

Dry cleaner fluid/spot remover

  • Soap, cornstarch or vinegar


  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch to 1 pint water


  • Use powdered rather than liquid bleach


  • Wipe up spills with water or club soda

** Pesticides will not be effective if the pests' shelter, food and water are not removed. Please call either the Southeastern Department of Environmental Quality offices at 734-953-8905 or the Department of Environmental Quality Assistance Center at 800-662-9278 regarding pesticides.

For potential alternate resources for the disposal of these and many other items check out the 2008 ARC Resource Recovery Guide.

Updated: January 2014