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Hazardous Waste

Building undergoing demolition at the former McLouth Steel facility
Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy

Hazardous Waste

Control of hazardous wastes in Michigan is accomplished through a set of interrelated actions. These include managing the generation, treatment, storage and disposal of hazardous wastes, licensing and regulating hazardous and liquid industrial by-products (formerly liquid industrial waste) transportation, and informing individuals of the opportunities for proper disposal of hazardous and harmful wastes generated in the home.

Announcement

In the interest of waste reduction, resource maximization, and efficiency, the EGLE, MMD, has established an electronic mailbox for submittals to the Hazardous Waste Section.  The mailbox, EGLE-MMD-HWS@Michigan.gov, should be used for all submissions unless expressly directed otherwise or as noted below. Do not submit paper copies of documents submitted electronically unless requested. 

Items that may require submission through United States Postal Service mail or courier include full-size engineering drawings and financial assurance or capability mechanisms. 

 

HWS no longer accepts hazardous waste manifests. Those must be submitted directly to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) through its Electronic Manifest System, .  Exception reports are required to be submitted to EPA and HWS.  

 

Please continue to use the previously established electronic mailboxes for site identification, hazardous waste user charges, biennial reports submissions, and annual reports for the Part 121, Liquid Industrial By-Products, of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, 1994 PA 451, as amended.

If you have problems using the electronic mailbox, please contact Nicole Vincent, Information Management Assistant, HWS, at 517- 643-5222 or VincentN1@Michigan.gov.   

Medication Disposal Event at the Michigan State Capitol, Lansing

Drug Disposal

To protect human health and environment, unwanted drugs should be disposed of properly. Incineration destroys the chemicals in drugs and protects our water resources. Information, including collection locations and disposal vendors can be found here.

Up-close Photo of PFAS Treatment System

Hazardous Waste and Liquid Industrial By-Products Management

Staff from the Hazardous Waste Program Section review construction and operating license applications and make recommendations for the approval or denial of permits and operating licenses for treatment, storage and disposal facilities accepting hazardous waste. Field staff inspect generators of hazardous waste and facilities that treat, store, or dispose of hazardous waste.

Mercury-containing household hazardous waste being collected

Household Hazardous Waste

Household hazardous waste (HHW) includes products that we purchase and use every day in our homes that can harm us or the environment if they are not handled properly. 

Generated Waste

Retail Environmental Workgroup

The EGLE Retail Environmental Workgroup was established to evaluate unique retail specific challenges in managing unwanted consumer products to meet the hazardous waste and liquid industrial by-products regulations. 

a neighborhood destroyed by a tornado or other storm

Storm Recovery

Proper management of storm debris is important because it protects human health, safety, and our environment. Local officials, emergency response personnel, and residents can all benefit from understanding how to handle excess storm debris and being prepared. Where possible, reuse and recycling are the preferred methods for managing storm debris.