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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.

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.