Safely and responsibly dispose of your hazardous waste

Residents of the 12 North Oakland Household Hazardous Waste (NO HAZ) communities have another chance to get rid of their household hazardous waste this spring on Saturday, June 15 at Oakland University in Rochester.

The collection is from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and will be held in the Foundation Hall parking lot that runs along Squirrel Road.

It is open to residents of Addison Township, Groveland Township, Lake Angelus, Lake Orion, Leonard, Oakland Township, Orion Township, Oxford, Oxford Township, Rochester, Rochester Hills and Waterford Township. Residents should bring identification with their current address included in order to participate.

"I encourage all residents in the NO HAZ communities to participate in our spring hazardous materials collection," said Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson. "We enjoy a great quality of life in Oakland County in part because we foster a healthy environment and protect our natural resources with initiatives such as this."

Items collected at the NO HAZ events include: household paints and stains, antifreeze, gasoline, kitchen and bath cleaners and polishes, mercury and mercury thermometers, aerosols, pesticides, herbicides and computer and electronic equipment. For a more comprehensive list of accepted materials, or for additional disposal information, visit the NO HAZ website at, or call the NO HAZ Hotline at (248) 858-5656.

Household Hazardous Waste 2012 NO HAZ MapResidents of the following communities must pay $10 to participate: Addison Township, Groveland Township, Leonard, Oakland Township, and Rochester Hills. The fee will be collected at the site in exact cash or a check made payable to: Oakland County NO HAZ. Participants also must fill out a registration form that bills the remainder of the collection fee to their communities. The form is available at the site or online at, where it can be downloaded and filled out in advance.

Waterford Township residents must obtain a voucher from the township hall before the collection. The voucher can be purchased for $10 on the third floor of town hall at the building department counter, 5200 Civic Center Drive. Quantities are limited and are on a first come first served basis.

Residents of Lake Angelus, Oxford, Oxford Township, and Rochester must obtain a free voucher from their community offices in advance.

Residents of Lake Orion and Orion Township participate for free. No voucher is required.

Residents of non-participating communities may participate in NO HAZ events for $60, paid at the event. They may also want to contact their city, village or township offices to see if any other programs are available.

Two fall collection events are planned: Saturday, September 7 at Oakland Community College – Highland Lakes and Saturday, September 28 at Wildwood of Orion Township.

NO HAZ is a consortium of nine Oakland County communities representing 12 local governments that offer residents a safe and environmentally responsible way to dispose of household hazardous waste.

The NO HAZ Consortium encourages residents to gather all of their household hazardous waste and attend one collection event per year, as the communities are charged for each car that attends.

Since the program began in 2003, residents of more than 26,000 households have brought more than 2.9 million pounds of hazardous materials, which have been recycled or disposed of properly.

The NO HAZ Consortium thanks Oakland University for hosting the spring collection event.

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