Fire Marshal Reminds Spring Cleaners to Properly Dispose Hazardous Material

Contact: Maura Campbell (517) 373-9280
Agency: Licensing and Regulatory Affairs

April 29, 2005 - Not sure what to do with old paint cans, pesticides or antifreeze that you've uncovered during spring cleaning? Call your local fire department to find out how and where to properly dispose of your hazardous material.


"To make it more convenient for proper disposal, many communities hold regular hazardous material drop off events," said Andy Neumann, State Fire Marshal. "Call the local fire department to see if and when your community may host such an event or learn where to take your hazardous material for proper disposal."


To reduce the amount of hazardous material that needs to be disposed of, share leftover paint thinner, pesticides, or paint with a neighbor or even donate to a charity or non-profit group. When disposing of the hazardous material, make sure it is in its original container, which is not leaking.


It is critical that the hazardous material NEVER be thrown in the trash, poured down the kitchen sick, flushed down a toilet, or poured on the ground or in a storm drain.


Some common household products that are classified as hazardous material:

·           Lighter fluid

·           Motor oil

·           Paint thinners

·           Hair spray

·           Products with acid or lye

·           Nail polish remover

·           Latex and oil-based paint

·           Herbicides and pesticides

·           Antifreeze

·           Transmission fluid

·           Poll chemicals

·           Varnishes

·           Stains

·           Expired medicine


If there is any question whether the material is hazardous or not, call your local fire department to verify. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality also has information about household hazardous waste collection at,1607,7-135-3312_4118_4239---,00.html. For information about the safe and proper disposal of outdated, unused or unwanted pesticides, visit the Department of Agriculture's Clean Sweep web page at:,1607,7-125--11759--,00.html.


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