Frequently Asked Questions - Solid Waste Program
What is the Livingston County Guide to REUSE, REDUCE, RECYCLE AND SAFE DISPOSAL? Can I print a copy?,
This is a handy guide that you can print a page or the entire guide on your home computer. These are commonly asked questions of common household items to recycle, reuse or responsibly dispose of. You can view the PDF of the guide here on our website. You can print this document from your home printer, if needed. The information is regularly updated and the best way to see the updated version and to save paper is by viewing it here on the website.
How do I get rid of Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)?,
You can view the Household Hazardous Waste schedule after April 1st of each year here on our website (click here). Traditionally, we have one collection in each the Spring, Summer and Fall. The hours are from 9 am until noon on those specific scheduled events. We do the collection events at two different locations. You must have an appointment to participate in this free program. Call 517-545-9609 for an appointment and the location directions after April 1st.
How do I get rid of paints?,
· If the label says; clean with soap and water, the paint is a LATEX paint. Trash haulers cannot take liquid latex paint to the landfills. You can dry out the paint and the trash hauler will take dried latex paint and the cans must also be dried and lids left off. You can add kitty litter, sawdust, shredded paper or any absorbing material and once it is dry put it out for pick up, but please leave the lids off of the cans so the hauler can see it is DRY latex paint.
If the label says to use turpentine or thinner, the paint is oil-based.
The oil based paints and aerosol paints can be recycled through the Household Hazardous Waste Drop Off events (event click here)
or a register HHW vendor, see the Guide for information on who to contact for a vendor (click here).
How do I get rid of batteries?,
Many municipalities and libraries participate in the program to recycle household batteries.
See the Livingston County Guide to Reuse, Reduce and Recycle and Safe Disposal. An entire page is dedicated to household battery drop off sites.
How do I get rid of sharps or injectibles?,
The Livingston County Solid Waste Program assists residents in a sharps safe disposal. Call for information at 517- 545-9609. See the Livingston County Guide to Reuse, Reduce and Recycle and Safe Disposal.
St. Joseph Mercy Pharmacy may take your sharps. Please call first. 517-545-6666.
How do I get rid of motor oil?,
There are many businesses that will take a small quantity of motor oil from residents. For a listing of the current businesses, please see the Livingston County Guide to Reuse, Reduce, Recycle and Safe Disposal. One page is dedicated to local collection sites.
Where is the local landfill or transfer station?,
For a listing of the current businesses that operate as transfer stations, please see the Livingston County Guide to Reuse, Reduce, Recycle and Safe Disposal. or click here for quick reference.
What are the local trash haulers in the area?,
A list of local trash haulers can be found in the Livingston County Guide to ReUse, ReDuce, ReCycle and Safe Disposal. For a one page reference, Local Trash Haulers.
Where are your Household Hazardous Waste drop off locations?,
Our main collection site is located at 418 S. Highlander Way, Howell, MI 48843. We work in the parking lot shared with Animal Control. You must have an appointment to participate in the program.
You will be told of the current location at the that time you schedule the appointment. We work out of two locations during the year, Howell and Green Oak. Click here for more information.