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10 Common Household Items You Simply Can't Put in the Trash



Did you know that household hazardous waste products - like cleaning products, nail polish, and paint - do not belong in your trash bins? We can all do our part to keep our environment and waterways clean by properly disposing of hazardous materials.


The Home HazMat Collection, operated through MMSD, is open to all Milwaukee County residents at year round drop-off sites and temporary mobile sites.

Items You Can Bring


Here are 10 common household items you simply cannot put into the trash. Bring them to MMSD's Home HazMat Collection.


1. Batteries

2. Disinfectants

3. Nail Polish

4. Nail Polish Remover

5. Floor Care Products

6. Oven Cleaner

7. Solvent-based cleaners

8. Fertilizer With Pesticides

9. Bug Spray

10. Antifreeze


For the full list of what you can and cannot bring to the Home HazMaz Collection, click here.


Year Round Drop-Off Sites:


Milwaukee (3879 W. Lincoln Ave.) Thursday 7am - 3pm | Friday 7am - 3pm |Saturday 7am - 3pm

Closed:   4/10, 7/4, 11/26 & 27, 12/24 & 25, 1/1/21

Menomonee Falls (W124 N9451 Boundary Rd.) Monday 11am - 6pm | Wednesday 11am - 6pm | Saturday 8am - 2pm

Closed:   5/23, 5/25, 7/4, 9/5, 9/7, 11/28, 12/26, 1/2/2021 


Mobile Drop Off Site:


Wauwatosa City Hall Parking Lot (7725 W. North Ave.)

Sept. 12  8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.



Do your part to keep Milwaukee's waterways clean!


NEW Rules for Dropping Off:

  • You must stay in your vehicle at all times

  • Put all items in your trunk or as close to the hatchback as possible. For social distancing purposes, we will NOT accept or unload any items in back seats that are directly behind the driver’s seat. 

  • We will NOT return cardboard boxes used to transport items to the collection.

  • We WILL return gas cans used for transporting old gas or gas/oil mixtures. However, the cans will be sprayed with a disinfectant before we hand them back to you.



Thank you for doing your part! Find out more about MMSD's Household Hazardous Waste Program here.

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