Farmington area residents can drop off household hazardous waste

Jackie Boleware Farmington Hills City Council


Farmington and Farmington Hills residents have an opportunity on Saturday, October 26 to dispose of household hazardous waste

Held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Recycling Authority, 20875 Mapleridge in Southfield, the event is open to all communities within the RRRASOC (Resource Recovery and Recycling Authority of Southwest Oakland County) consortium. To participate, you must have proof of residency.

Household Hazardous Waste

Acceptable items including household products such as cleaners, oil-based paints, herbicides, insecticides, and solvents should be placed in labeled containers that do not hold more than five gallons or weigh more than 50 pounds. Propane tanks and fluorescent bulbs, including CFLs (energy saving compact fluorescent lights), are also accepted.

Electronic waste is accepted including televisions, radios, computers, and computer components such as CPUs, monitors, printers, and keyboards. Document shredding is also available, with a three box or 100-pound limit per household.

Household (alkaline non-rechargeable) batteries can be taken to a Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Day for recycling, or take them to one of the free drop-off locations listed on call2recycle.org/locator/. There’s also a container for household batteries in the lobby at Farmington City Hall, 23600 Liberty St.

Because they present a fire hazard at the recycling facility, batteries are not allowed in curbside recycling containers. However, used alkaline non-rechargeable batteries may be placed in with the regular trash, since they no longer contain toxic materials such as mercury, which was banned by federal law.

Items not accepted at the drop-off include commercial or business waste, unknown substances over five gallons, smoke detectors, radioactive waste, ammunition or explosives. Latex paint is not accepted because it may be tossed with your regular trash. If the can is full, pour some paint onto newspapers and then add sand or kitty litter to what’s left. The remaining paint will solidify in a few days and can be placed in a plastic garbage bag.

For a complete list of items accepted at the Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Days, and a list of green non-toxic alternatives, call 248-208-2270 or visit rrrasoc.org.