There are many everyday products used in residential homes and businesses that can be potentially hazardous to humans, animals, and the environment if improperly disposed. This can include paints, stains and other hazardous waste, and electronic waste.
Wayne County holds hazardous waste days at various locations during warm weather months to help residents across the County safely discard items that could be harmful if kept too long or if used inappropriately. The Dearborn HHW collection day is set for June 17 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Henry Ford College, 5101 Evergreen Rd.
These events have traditionally been free of charge and are posted on the County’s website. 
According to Dearborn’s Department of Public Works and Facilities, it’s imperative to keep products that contain harmful chemicals or unsafe metals out of the municipal waste stream, where they can potentially endanger the community and the environment.
Household hazardous materials are defined as any products that pose a risk to human health or safety and the environment. In Dearborn, residents cannot set household hazardous materials at the curb on regular trash days or bring them to monthly DPW bulk waste days.
Examples of hazardous household items that require particular disposal include:
  • Household paints, stains, and dyes
  • Floor wax, floor care products, and carpet cleaner
  • Furniture polish, bathroom cleaners, stain removers, and solvents
  • Pharmaceutical waste (non-controlled substances only)
  • Nail polish and glue
  • Fertilizer, lawn and garden chemicals, and pesticides
  • Antifreeze, motor oil, gasoline, and propane tanks
  • Automotive batteries and dry cell batteries and fluorescent bulbs
  • Fire extinguishers and smoke detectors
  • Mercury thermometers, thermostats, and elemental mercury
There is also an option to recycle televisions and other electronics in some locations in Wayne County through the Environmental Recycling Group at 734-437-9650.
The City of Dearborn will be holding a separate event in 2023 for the disposal of tires. More information will be shared when it becomes available.
For additional information about proper hazardous waste disposal and for the dates and locations for 2023 drop-off days in Wayne County, when they are available, please visit or call the Wayne County Department of Environment Resource Recovery Coordinator at 734-326-3936.
Dearborn HHW Flyer 2023 PIC