Drop off hazardous materials May 7 in Farmington Hills

The City of Farmington Hills, in cooperation with Oakland Community College, will hold its annual Household Hazardous Materials (HazMat) Drop-off Day on May 7, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., at Oakland Community College Orchard Ridge Campus, 27055 Orchard Lake Rd., Farmington Hills.

The collection will happen in the northwest parking lot, off Farmington Road. Residents of Farmington Hills, Farmington, Milford Township, Village of Milford, Novi, South Lyon, Southfield, Walled Lake, and Wixom are all eligible to attend, with a driver’s license or other proof of residency.

Item accepted at HazMat Day include oil-based paints, batteries, automotive fluids, pesticides, expired medications, aerosols, CFL bulbs, mercury, propane, and more. All containers must be labeled, not hold more than five gallons or weigh more than 50 pounds, and should be in a sturdy box on the floor or in the trunk.

Household electronic equipment – televisions, radios, VHS and DVD players, and computers including peripheral devices – will be accepted. Residents may also bring up to 100 pounds of sensitive documents for shredding on site.

The following items are not accepted: commercial or business waste, unknown materials over five gallons, smoke detectors, radioactive waste or explosives. Latex paint is also not accepted, because it’s not considered hazardous waste. To properly dispose of it, mix in kitty litter or sand to dry out paint left in the can then put it at the curbside, with the lid off, for regular trash collection.

For a complete list of acceptable items, visit rrrasoc.org or call 248-208-2270. Farmington Hills residents who can’t attend on May 7 may attend any of the other regional HazMat events listed on the RRRASOC website.

Press release