Household Hazardous Waste

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) refers to a wide variety of commonly generated household chemicals and other items that can be a problem to dispose of properly. HHW includes all types of paint, varnish, paint thinner, motor oil, antifreeze, gasoline, lawn and garden products, cleaning products, pool and hobby chemicals, aerosols, etc.

MMWA operates a drop-off program for Saginaw County residents to allow safe and proper disposal of HHW items. These one-day drop-off days are open to all Saginaw County residents free of charge, and no appointment is necessary. Several events are held annually - click here for dates and times.

The Saginaw, Midland and Bay County Health Departments also offer some HHW programming. Events are by appointment only and limited to residents of the sponsoring county.

For Health Department event details, call your local department:

  • * Saginaw County: 989-758-3686
  • Midland County: 989-832-6679
  • Bay County: 989-895-4006

Acceptable Waste Items:

Used motor oil Gasoline Anti-freeze
Wiper fluid Latex paint Oil-based paint
Paint thinner Varnish Stain
Lead-acid batteries Rechargeable batteries Pesticides
Lawn chemicals Smoke detectors Pool chemicals
Asphalt & roofing tar Lead Mercury
Kerosene Degreasers Fluorescent bulbs
Glues/adhesives Metal cleaners Acids

Non-Acceptable Items:

  • Business wastes
  • Explosives
  • Ammunition
  • Tires
  • Asbestos

Fire Extinguishers:
Throwing spent or out-dated fire extinguishers in the trash poses a hazard to garbage truck personnel. The companies below provide safe disposal of extinguishers, or contact your fire department for tips.

  • Delta Fire Protection - 6974 Shattuck Saginaw 989-793-9404
  • Gale Fire Protection, Inc. - 10248 Pierce Rd. Freeland 989-695-9800
  • Vanguard Fire & Security Co. - 1633 Champagne Dr. Saginaw 989-755-7790

Smoke Detectors:
Proper disposal of smoke detectors is important, as they contain a trace amount of radioactive material. There may be a small disposal fee.

  • Vanguard Fire & Security Co. - 16633 Champagne Dr. Saginaw 989-755-7790

Propane Tanks Refill/Disposal:
Most hardware and grocery stores, as well as some gas stations, offer propane tank refills or exchanges. A few also offer tank disposal. Look in your Yellow Pages for other locations. Call for details on disposal availability. Unless noted, refill and disposal rates are for 20 lb. tanks.

  • Amerigas Propane Service 989-777-0630
  • Central Rental  989-781-7368
  • Clark Hardware/True Value - refills only - 989-753-5611
  • Dague Dri Gas Inc. 989-781-1310
  • Gamm Hardware - refill or exchange - 989-695-5741
  • Kroger - exchanges only - all locations
  • Meijer - refill or exchange - all locations
  • Parkers Propane 989-777-5533
  • Uhaul - $5 to dispose - 989-791-1510
  • Wal-Mart - exchanges only - all locations

Drop-Off Day Rules:

  • Proof of Saginaw County residency
  • Residents only - NO businesses
  • Limit 5 gallon size containers; NO barrels
  • Containers not returned