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Department of Public Health

Waste Management

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

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 Centers

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


Resource Recovery Service Center - Coopersville
Mon: 12pm-5pm
Wed: 8am-1pm
3rd Sat: 8am-12pm
15600 68th Avenue
Coopersville, MI 49404
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
Resource Recovery Center - Holland
Tues & Th: 8am-1pm & 2pm-5pm
2nd Sat: 8am-12pm
14053 Quincy
Holland, MI 49424


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

Holland LocationHousehold Hazardous Waste Program

The Ottawa County Department of Public Health offers FREE disposal of household hazardous waste to Ottawa County residents at any Resource Recovery Service Center.  Household hazardous wastes are leftover, unwanted or unusable products that contain toxic, flammable, caustic (causes burns), or chemically reactive ingredients. For example, used motor oil, oil-based paint, drain cleaners, pool chemicals, pesticides, hobby supplies, car batteries, gasoline and antifreeze contain hazardous ingredients. Dumping hazardous waste improperly can cause contamination to the environment and may pose a health hazard to you.  Some of these items can be reused, others can be recycled, and some of them must be managed as hazardous waste. We also accept fire extinguishers and 20 pound propane tanks at all four centers. For additional information call (616) 393-5645.

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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. Larger quantities of latex paint can be more quickly solidified by mixing in an absorbent such as cat litter. Mix in enough absorbent until the paint becomes difficult to stir and is no longer liquid. Allow the paint can 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. Please contact them for more information at (616) 399-7006.

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Small Business, Non-profit and Non-residential Services

Ottawa County Environmental Health offers fee based hazardous waste disposal services to small businesses, non-profits and other non-residential customers in Ottawa County. We accept a variety of material that may contain toxic,flammable, caustic/corrosive (causes burns) or chemically reactive ingredients. For example, fluorescent light bulbs, used motor oil, oil-based paint, general purpose cleaners, drain cleaners, floor cleaners, pool chemicals, pesticides, hobby supplies, car batteries, gasoline and antifreeze contain hazardous ingredients and are accepted through this program. For more information or to set up an appointment to deliver waste to one of our facilities, please call 616-393-5645.

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Oil DrumUsed 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! Recognizing the need to supply Ottawa County Residents with an avenue to dispose of their motor oil, the Ottawa County Department of Public Health offers FREE oil recycling for its residents. Residents can recycle used oil for no cost at any Resource Recover Center.

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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.  Any Michigan homeowner, farm, greenhouse, nursery, golf course or other end user of pesticides can use this service. However, dealers or persons who apply pesticides for hire may not use this program. Old, unwanted, out-of-date or unusable pesticides can be dropped off for safe disposal. Please do not bring items that do not have an EPA Registration number.  For more information call (616) 393-5645. Visit the Clean Sweep.

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Mercury is a toxic element found in household devices like thermometers and thermostats. Inhalation of mercury vapor can lead to neurological damage in children. When handling mercury containing devices, care should be taken not to break or spill the mercury in the home and ensure the mercury is disposed of properly.

Mercury Containing Thermometers

The Ottawa County Department of Public Health offers a Thermometer Exchange program, free for Ottawa County Residents. Residents can bring their mercury containing thermometers to any Department of Public Health branch or Resource Recovery Service Center and we will give you a free digital thermometer in exchange. There is a limit of one digital thermometer per resident (regardless of the number of mercury thermometers that are brought in).

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 free 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. Ottawa County Residents can recycle CFLs at their local Home Depot store and other local retailers.  To find an outlet near you, please visit earth911.com and use the search function for your area .Residential customers may recycle four and eight foot fluorescent light bulbs for free at any Ottawa County Resource Recovery Service Center.

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Sharps Disposal ProgramSharps Disposal Program

The Ottawa County Department of Public Health offers free Home Use-Medical Sharps Containers to ensure safe disposal of syringes. Residents may stop by any Ottawa County Health Office during business hours to receive a Home Use-Sharps Container, provided FREE of charge. Once full, participants will be allowed to exchange containers for a new one. The Department of Public Health will dispose of full containers through a licensed medical waste disposal company. Only sharps containers provided by the Ottawa County Department of Public Health will be accepted.

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Medication Disposal

The Ottawa County Department of Public Health offers residents free disposal of unwanted, unneeded or expired prescription drugs and medications. Bring your medications to a participating location (listed below) during regular business hours. To prepare for disposal we ask that you remove pills from bottle and place in a Ziploc style bag. Liquids or gels can be kept in their original package but please remove or blacken the label and place in a Ziploc style bag. If you have any questions about unwanted medication collection, please call (616) 393-5645.

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:
13250 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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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-6pm
Wednesday: 8am-5pm
Friday: by appointment only
Closed: 12pm-1pm

3100 Port Sheldon Road
Hudsonville, MI 49426
Phone: (616) 669-0040
FAX: (616) 669-3039
Monday, Wednesday, Friday:
8am-12pm & 1pm-5pm