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
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).
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
3rd Sat: 8am-12pm
15600 68th Avenue
Coopersville, MI 49404
|Resource Recovery Service Center - Georgetown
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
Holland, MI 49424
The Resource Recovery Centers are closed on the following days and 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|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Click for more mercury information
- How to clean up a mercury spill
- Information about CFLs from Energy Star
- CFL fact sheet from the State of Michigan
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.
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
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
289 Danforth Street
3275 Central Boulevard
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
1125 Washington Avenue, Grand Haven
Holland, MI 49424
FAX: (616) 393-5643
Clinic FAX: (616) 393-5659
8:00am - 5:00pm
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1207 South Beechtree Street
Grand Haven, MI 49417
Phone: (616) 846-8360
Fax: (616) 844-1778
Friday: by appointment only
3100 Port Sheldon Road
Hudsonville, MI 49426
Phone: (616) 669-0040
FAX: (616) 669-3039
Monday, Wednesday, Friday:
8am-12pm & 1pm-5pm