HHW & Electronics Recycling Collections

Open to Berrien County Residents Only - No Business Waste Allowed
2016 COLLECTION EVENTS - are finished for the year.
For a list of additional recycling and disposal options for materials accepted at the County's collection events, and for the 2017 event dates, scroll to the bottom of this page.
PAINT PRODUCTS: Oil based paint, Stain, Varnish, Mineral spirits, Paint thinner/Stripper, Turpentine, Spray Paint Cans of all kinds.  Latex paint is NOT accepted - latex paint disposal options at bottom of this page.
AUTOMOTIVE PRODUCTS: Used motor oil and filters, Antifreeze, Batteries, Brake fluid, Gasoline, Transmission fluid, Waxes/polishes
FUELS: Kerosene, Home heating oil, Lighter fluid
AEROSOLS: All kinds
CLEANERS: Soaps and shampoos, Bathroom/kitchen cleaners, Waxes/polishes, Oven cleaner, Drain cleaner
ACIDS & BASES: Muriatic acid, Battery acid, TSP, Lye
PROPANE CYLINDERS: One-pound cylinders only. Gas grill size propane tanks are NOT accepted at these events - alternative disposal sites are listed at the bottom of this page. 
PHOTOGRAPHY CHEMICALS: Developer, Fixer, Stop bath
MERCURY: Thermometers, Thermostats, Liquid
BATTERIES: Household or alkaline batteries (any size), Rechargeable (used in power tools, phones, laptops, etc.), Lithium, Button cell, Auto batteries, Motorcycle batteries, Boat batteries
SWIMMING POOL CHEMICALS: Chlorine, pH reducer, pH increaser
BEAUTY PRODUCTS: Hair spray, Perfume/cologne, Nail polish/remover
FLUORESCENT LIGHTS: Compact, tubes, Circular
ADHESIVES: Caulk, Glue
MEDICAL WASTE: Outdated medicine, Pills (either in original container or combined into a baggie), Liquid, Medical Sharps and Needles (must be in a puncture proof container). There are more options available for safe disposal of pills, listed below.
MISCELLANEOUS: Cooking oil, Crack filler, Driveway sealer, Roof coating.
ELECTRONICS: computer monitors ($10/monitor, all types), televisions ($20/TV, all types), computer peripherals, printers, DVR/DVD players, phones, microwaves, small and large appliances, all household and office electronics, refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, stereos, chain saws, push lawn mowers, power tools, anything with a cord or that runs on batteries.  The hazardous waste fee is on computer monitors and TV's only, other accepted items are free to drop off.  Electronics will be collected and recycled by Green Earth Electronics Recycling of St. Joseph, MI.  Green Earth Electronics Recycling's facility is located at 3621 Tennis Court, St. Joseph, across from the Southshore Racquetball Club.  Green Earth has regular electronics recycling drop off hours of Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., excluding holidays.  Contact Green Earth at 269-326-1232.
There is a fee of $20 per television (all types) and $10 per computer monitor (all types) at these events.  The fee is due by cash or check at the event.

Click on the 'non-accepted' items below for a list of disposal and recycling options.

  • The Kalamazoo County Household Hazardous Waste Center is open year around and is FREE for Berrien County residents to drop off household chemicals. Berrien County residents must show ID with address when using this facility. Learn more at http://www.kalcounty.com/hhw or call the K'zoo County HHW Hotline 269-373-5211.
  • If you are unable to make it to a Berrien County collection event, consider asking a friend, neighbor, co-worker, family member or hire a Handyman Service to take your materials for you.
2017 Berrien County Recycling Events

April 12, 2017 Wednesday, 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., LAKE MICHIGAN COLLEGE, 2755 E. Napier Ave., Benton Harbor campus, part of the annual Reduce Reuse Recycle Day event.

May 20, 2017 Saturday, 8 a.m. - Noon, SOUTHEAST BERRIEN COUNTY LANDFILL RECYCLE STATION, 3200 Chamberlain Rd., Buchanan. Items accepted include household chemicals, electronics, and documents for shredding.

June 17, 2017 Saturday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., NEW BUFFALO TOWNSHIP FIRE DEPARTMENT, 17655 Clay Street, New Buffalo. Accepted items include household chemicals and electronics.

August 16, 2017 Wednesday, 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., LOVE CREEK NATURE CENTER, 9292 Huckleberry Rd., Berrien Center. Accepted items include household chemicals and electronics. 

September 23, 2017 Saturday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., SILVER BEACH COUNTY PARK, 101 Broad St., below the bluff, St. Joseph. Accepted items include household chemicals and electronics.

October 14, 2017 Saturday, 8 a.m. - 12 Noon, SOUTHEAST BERRIEN COUNTY LANDFILL RECYCLE STATION, 3200 Chamberlain Rd., Buchanan. Accepted items include household chemicals, electronics, and documents for on-site shredding.
QUESTIONS? Call (269) 983-7111 Ext. 8234 or email the County Environmental Property Manager.

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