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Waste Management

ecoOttawa booklet | Solid Waste Planning Committee | Resource Recovery Service Centers
Household Hazardous Waste | Small Business Waste | Medication Disposal | Sharps Disposal
Used Motor Oil | Latex Paint Disposal | Mercury | Clean Sweep Program | 2013 Year in Review

Solid Waste Planning Committee

The Ottawa County Waste Program is seeking applicants for the Solid Waste Planning Committee who will represent the General Public or an Environmental Interest Group. Selected applicants will serve on the committee for a 2 year term. Committee members help lead decisions on proposed changes to the current Ottawa County Solid Waste Plan.  Applicants are encouraged to have an interest or experience with regulatory affairs, government business, the solid waste industry and/or environmental topics. This is a volunteer appointment and the committee will meet as needed. Click to Apply & Select Solid Waste Waste Planning Committee/General Public (BC) or /Environmental Interest Group (BC).

Resource Recovery Service CentersHolland Location

The Ottawa County Department of Public Health operates four Resource Recovery Service Centers. Materials that are accepted at the centers include Household Hazardous Waste, Consumer Electronics and Recyclables

If you have any questions regarding services, please call (616) 393-5645 or email environmentalhealth@miottawa.org.

Locations

Resource Recovery Service Center - Coopersville
Mon: 12pm-5pm
Wed: 8am-1pm*
3rd Sat: 8am-12pm
15600 68th Avenue
Coopersville, MI 49404
*Closed December 17th
Resource Recovery Service Center - Georgetown
Tues: 12pm-5pm
Th: 8am-1pm
1st Sat: 8am-12pm
6693 Roger Drive 
Jenison, MI 49428
Resource Recovery Service Center - Grand Haven
Mon & Wed: 8am-1pm & 2pm-5pm*
4th Sat: 8am-12pm
16850 Comstock Avenue 
Grand Haven, MI 49417
*December 17th Only - Closed 8am-1pm, Open 2pm-5pm
Resource Recovery Center - Holland
Tues & Th: 8am-1pm & 2pm-5pm
2nd Sat: 8am-12pm
14053 Quincy
Holland, MI 49424

Closings

The Resource Recovery Centers are closed on the following days and holidays:

2014 Holidays
Saturday, May 24th Memorial Day Weekend
Monday, May 26th Memorial Day
Friday, July 4th Independence Day
Saturday, July 5th Independence Day Weekend
Monday, September 1st Labor Day
Thursday, November 27th Thanksgiving Day
Saturday, November 29th Thanksgiving Day Weekend Holiday
Wednesday, December 24th Christmas Eve
Thursday, December 25th Christmas Day
Thursday, January 1st New Years Day

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Household Hazardous Waste Program

Improper disposal can contaminate. FREE household hazardous waste disposal is available to Ottawa County residents at any Resource Recovery Service Center location listed above. Household hazardous wastes are leftover, unwanted or unusable products that contain toxic, flammable, caustic (causes burns) or chemically reactive ingredients.

Health hazards may occur when:

  • toxic gasses are inhaled from mixed products
  • hazardous products are left around the house and consumed by children or pets
  • hazardous products are poured into drains or toilets, causing contamination of septic tanks or wastewater treatment systems
  • hazardous products are poured into storm sewers and pollute bodies of water
  • drinking water from wells or water systems are contaminated
Accepted
aerosols
pesticides
motor oil and filters
oil-based paint
drain cleaners
mercury
fire extinguishers
garden chemicals
pool and spa chemicals
computers
televisions
solvents
20 pound propane tanks
household cleaners
gasoline
paint thinner and stripper
flourescent tube light bulbs
hobby supplies
car batteries
lithium batteries
rechargeable batteries
scrap metal
Not Accepted
latex paint
tires
appliances
alkaline batteries
compact fluorescent light bulbs

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Small Business, Non-profit
and Non-residential Services

We provide confidential, non-regulatory assistance and referral to properly manage industrial hazardous wastes. Our Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator program provides environmentally safe and economical disposal of hazardous waste at any of our Resource Recovery Service Centers. Appointments are required and a fee for services will apply. A conditionally exempt small quantity generator is one who creates less than 220 pounds of hazardous waste in a month or accumulates no more than 2,200 pounds total at a time.

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Medication Disposal

Prevent drug misuse and abuse. Free disposal of unwanted or expired prescription drugs and over the counter medications are accepted at participating locations. Please remove pills from bottles and place in a sealable plastic bag. Liquids or gels may be kept in original packages with the labels blackened or removed.

Participating Health Department Locations Participating Law Enforcement Locations
Holland Department of Public Health
Hudsonville Department of Public Health
Zeeland City: 
29 W. Main Street

West Olive Sheriff’s Office:
12220 Fillmore Street

Holland City Police Department:
89 W. 8th Street

Grand Haven Township:
13300 168th Avenue

Coopersville City:
289 Danforth Street

Hudsonville City:
3275 Central Boulevard

Georgetown Township:
3100 Port Sheldon Road
Participating Retail Pharmacy Locations
Family Fare Stores:
Holland, Zeeland, & Allendale

D&W Fresh Market:
Holland & Grand Haven

Tasker Drug Store:
281 Main Street, Coopersville

Pfaff Pharmacy:
1125 Washington Avenue, Grand Haven

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Sharps Disposal Program

Safe disposal of needles help prevent exposure to serious diseases, such as HIV and hepatitis.Free Home Use-Medical Sharps containers are available to residents at any Ottawa County Department of Public Health office. Once containers are full, you may exchange them for new ones at our offices. Only sharps containers provided by the Ottawa County Department of Public Health will be accepted. We dispose full containers through a licensed medical waste disposal company, to reduce any health or safety risks.

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Used Motor Oil Recycling

Each year, thousands of gallons of used motor oil is produced by do-it-yourself oil changes. Improper management of used oil can have detrimental effects on the environment. As little as one quart of oil can contaminate 2 million gallons of drinking water! Ottawa County residents can recycle used oil or any other automotive fluids (free of charge) at any Resource Recover Service Center.

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Latex Paint Disposal

Unusable latex paint, while not considered hazardous, must be dried prior to disposal. When drying latex paint, always choose an area that is well ventilated, protected from the elements and not accessible to children or pets.

For small amounts of paint, simply open the container and allow the contents to air dry. To solidify larger quantities of latex paint, mix in an absorbent such as cat litter. Mix in enough absorbent until the paint becomes difficult to stir and is no longer liquid. Allow to dry with the lid off. The container may be placed in the regular trash. Full, unused cans of paint that have not been frozen can be donated to Lakeshore Habitat Restore. Call (616) 399-7006 for more information.

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Mercury

Mercury is a toxic element found in household devices like thermometers and thermostats. Mercury should be carefully handled to prevent mercury spills and should be properly disposed. Exposure or inhalation of mercury vapors can lead to neurological damage and several other health hazards.

Mercury Containing Thermometers

The Thermometer exchange mercury containing thermometers for a free digital thermometer at any Ottawa County Department of Public Health office or Resource Recovery Service Center. Limit one digital thermometer per resident.

Mercury Containing Devices and Elemental Mercury

Schools, homes, health care facilities, and businesses may have mercury containing devices such as barometers, thermometers, sphygmomanometers, mercury switches and elemental mercury. Please call (616) 393-5645 for instructions on proper handling of mercury and to arrange for disposal.

Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs

Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFLs) and fluorescent lights contain very small amounts of mercury in the form of a vapor powder. Local retailers may accept CFLs. To find an outlet near you, please visit www.earth911.com and use the search function for your area. Ottawa County residents can recycle four and eight foot fluorescent light bulbs (free of charge) at any Ottawa County Resource Recovery Service Center. A fee for disposal services will apply to businesses.

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Clean Sweep Free Pesticide Disposal

Clean Sweep is a FREE, non-regulatory program to help you safely dispose of banned and/or unusable pesticides or herbicides. Any Michigan homeowner, farm, greenhouse, nursery, golf course or other end user of pesticides or herbicides can use this service. Old, unwanted, out-of-date or unusable pesticides or herbicides can be dropped off (free of charge) for safe disposal at one of our Resource Recovery Service Centers.

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12251 James Street
Holland, MI 49424
Phone: (616) 396-5266
FAX: (616) 393-5643
Clinic FAX: (616) 393-5659
Monday - Friday:
8:00am - 5:00pm

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Other Locations

Grand Haven
1207 South Beechtree Street
Suite B
Grand Haven, MI 49417
Phone: (616) 846-8360
Fax: (616) 844-1778

Monday: 8am-5pm
Monday: 5pm-6pm
by appointment only
Wednesday: 8am-5pm
Friday: by appointment only
Closed: 12pm-1pm

Hudsonville
3100 Port Sheldon Road
Hudsonville, MI 49426
Phone: (616) 669-0040
FAX: (616) 669-3039

Monday, Wednesday, Friday:
8am-12pm & 1pm-5pm