Most households contain materials that can be hazardous and must be disposed of carefully. Improper disposal can be dangerous to people and the environment. For years, it was common for homeowners to throw chemicals into the trash, onto the ground or down the drain. While it seemed the amount from an individual household was small, the cumulative effect was significant. A typical community the size of Bloomfield Township discards two tons of toilet bowl cleaner, seven tons of liquid household cleaner and two tons of motor oil each month. Unfortunately, landfills, storm drains and sewage treatment plants are not designed to treat chemical wastes. Without special treatment, the chemicals may stay in the environment and move into recreational and drinking water supplies.
Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Days
Bloomfield Township normally hosts two Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Days each year, the first Saturday in May and the first Saturday in October. These Drop-Off Days are very popular with residents, who dropped off a record amount of waste on October 3, 2020. Read more about Drop-Off Day and what happens to the waste that is dropped off.
Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Facilities
Materials can be taken to the following facility for a charge.
ERG Environmental Services
13040 Merriman, Livonia, Michigan 48150
Monday - Friday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Cost: $0.75/pound with a $20 minimum
Common Household Hazardous Wastes
Oil based paints/stains
CFL Light Bulbs
Light Bulb Disposal
Compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulb recycling is important in preventing mercury from entering the waste stream and the environment. Fluorescent light bulbs use approximately one-quarter of the energy of a common incandescent bulb and last an average of 10,000 hours. Normal incandescent bulbs have a life expectancy of about 750 hours. Using fluorescent bulbs is a great way to save energy.
Proper disposal of these energy saving products is very important. Spent lighting products are the second largest source of mercury contamination in our municipal solid waste systems. Recycling fluorescent light bulbs keeps toxic mercury out of the environment, where even a few ounces can be a danger to wildlife, fish and humans. CFL bulbs can be dropped off at Home Depot or Lowe's.
Disposal of a Broken Light Bulb
If a light bulb breaks, open a window to let vapors escape and leave the room for fifteen minutes. Wear disposable rubber gloves, and clean up the area with a wet paper towel or single-use wipe. Double plastic bag everything for disposal.
For more information on light bulbs and their disposal please visit the following sites:
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
Environmental Protection Agency – Mercury Containing Bulb Recycling Programs
For potential alternate resources for the disposal of these and many other items check out the 2008 ARC Resource Recovery Guide.
Updated: June 2020