Open to Berrien County Residents Only - Please No Businesses
Berrien County does NOT have a permanent hazardous waste drop-off site and will only accept materials during the dates and times listed below. Other drop-off points for household hazardous waste are listed at the bottom of the page.
Berrien County Household Hazardous Waste Collections
PAINT PRODUCTS: Oil based paint (latex paint is NOT accepted, click HERE for latex paint disposal options), Stain, Varnish, Mineral spirits, Paint thinner/Stripper, Turpentine, Spray Paint Cans (all kinds).
AUTOMOTIVE PRODUCTS: Used motor oil and filters, Antifreeze, Batteries, Brake fluid, Gasoline, Transmission fluid, Waxes/polishes
FUELS: Kerosene, Home heating oil, Lighter fluid
PESTICIDES/HERBICIDES: All kinds
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 (not gas grill size, click HERE for disposal information)
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, 8-foot tubes & shorter, Circular
ADHESIVES: Caulk, Glue
MEDICAL WASTE: Outdated medicine, Pills (either in original container or combined into a baggie), Liquid, Medical sharps (in a puncture proof container). There are more options available for safe disposal of pills and liquid medication - click HERE for a list of other drop-off sites.
MISCELLANEOUS: Cooking oil, Crack filler, Driveway sealer, Roof coating.
NEW IN 2014: electronics will be accepted at each of the household hazardous waste collection events. Accepted electronics include televisions ($10/TV recycling fee) and computer monitors ($5/monitor recycling fee). The following items are accepted at no charge - CPUs, printers, VRCs, phones, appliances, refrigerators, dehumidifiers, anything with a cord or that runs on batteries. Electronics will be recycled by Green Earth Electronics Recycling, 3621 Tennis Ct., St. Joseph, 269-326-1232.
ITEMS NOT ACCEPTED
Click on the 'non-accepted' items below for a list of disposal and recycling options.
Fireworks & Ammo
Grill Size & Larger Propane Tanks
The 2014 Berrien County Household Hazardous Waste Collections
April 9, 3-7 p.m., LAKE MICHIGAN COLLEGE, 2755 E. Napier Ave., Benton Harbor campus. Part of the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Day collection event. Learn more by clicking HERE.
May 17, 8 a.m. - Noon, SOUTHEAST BERRIEN COUNTY LANDFILL RECYCLE STATION, 3200 Chamberlain Rd., Buchanan.
June 21, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., New Buffalo Area, location to be determined.
July 19, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., WATERVLIET HIGH SCHOOL, 450 E. Red Arrow Highway/St. Joseph St, Watervliet
August 20, 3-7 p.m., LOVE CREEK NATURE CENTER, 9292 Huckleberry Rd., Berrien Center.
September 27, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., SILVER BEACH COUNTY PARK, 101 Broad St., below the bluff, St. Joseph
October 18, 8 a.m. - Noon, SOUTHEAST BERRIEN COUNTY LANDFILL RECYCLE STATION, 3200 Chamberlain Rd., Buchanan.
OTHER DROP-OFF OPTIONS
If you are unable to make it to a Berrien County collection event listed above, consider asking a friend, neighbor, co-worker, family member or hire a Handyman Service to take your materials for you.
The Kalamazoo County Household Hazardous Waste Center is open year around and is FREE for Berrien County residents to use. Berrien County residents must show ID with address when using this facility. Learn more at http://www.kalcounty.com/hhw, call the K'zoo County HHW Hotline 269-373-5211, or call the Berrien County Environmental Specialist for more information 269-983-7111 x8234.
For a list of other Battery recycling options, click HERE.
For a list of other Used Motor Oil recycling options, click HERE.
For a list of other Antifreeze options, see the Jackie Taglia Recycling Center, click HERE.
For a list of other Medical Waste (pills) disposal options, click HERE.
For a list of other Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb recycling options, click HERE.
For a list of other Electronics recycling options, click HERE.
QUESTIONS? Call (269) 983-7111 Ext. 8234 or click HERE to email the County Environmental Specialist.