Berrien County Community Recycling Events

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2019 Community Recycling Events

Household Chemical and Electronics Recycling

Saturday, September 21, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Silver Beach County Park (in the parking lot), 101 Broad St., St. Joseph, below the bluff. The entrance to Silver Beach County Park is on the corner of Broad Street and Lake Street, down below the bluff. On the event day, signs with arrows will direct attendees where to go to participate in the recycling event.

Household Chemicals and Electronics Recycling: scroll down to see a full list of accepted items in theses categories.  

Event for Berrien County residents only. Waste from businesses, schools, and institutions is not accepted.

Household Chemical, Electronics Recycling & Document Shredding

Saturday, October 12, 8 a.m. – 12 Noon

Southeast Berrien County Landfill, 3200 Chamberlain Rd., Buchanan

Household Chemicals and Electronics Recycling: scroll down to see a full list of accepted items in theses categories. 

Event for Berrien County residents only. Waste from businesses, schools, and institutions is not accepted.

Year Around Options:

Kalamazoo County Household Hazardous Waste Center is available for Berrien County RESIDENTS to use, free, year around. When utilizing the Kalamazoo HHW Center, Berrien County residents must show an ID with an address. Accepted items include household, yard & garden, garage, and workshop chemicals, cleaners, and liquids. See full list of accepted items at the HHW Center website.

Berrien County Recycling Guide: items such as batteries, used motor oil, fluorescent lights, unwanted medications, electronics, and many other items have local recycling options available year around. Click on the Recycling Guide headings on the left side of this page to seek out drop off locations and recycling services. 

household chemicals accepted: 

Home, garden, yard, garage, under-the-sink, bathroom, and home workshop chemicals, liquids and cleaners. Items with the words toxic, flammable, hazardous, or poisonous on the label.

Acids and Bases
Adhesives
Aerosols - all kinds
Antifreeze
Automotive Products

Bathroom Products (hair spray, perfume, nail polish, etc)
Batteries (all sizes and kinds)
Beauty Aids (hair spray, perfume, nail polish, etc)
Brake fluid

Caulks & Glues
Cleaners (soaps, shampoos, waxes, oven and drain cleaner, etc)
Chlorine
Cooking Oil
Cylinders (one-pound cylinders only, NO propane tanks)

Driveway Sealer

Fuels (kerosene, home heating oil, lighter fluid, gas, etc)

Gasoline

Light Bulbs (compact fluorescents, 8-ft tube and shorter,LED, neon)

Medications (pills, liquids, patches, aerosols, etc.; remove pills from personal pill bottles and put all together in a zip-lockable bag; medical sharps/needles must be dropped off in a puncture proof container)
Mercury (thermometers, thermostats, switches, liquid)
Mineral Spirits
Motor Oil and Filters

Needles/Sharps (must be dropped off in a puncture proof container and labeled with the word "sharps" or "needles"; containers can be a red sharps containers, laundry detergent bottle, or similar rigid/puncture proof container)

Oil-Based Paint (latex paint is NOT accepted, dry out latex paint and place in with regular household trash)
Oils (used motor oil & filters, cooking oil, etc.)

Paint Products (latex paint is NOT accepted, dry out latex paint and place in with regular trash)
Pesticides/Herbicides (all kinds)
Photography Chemicals (developer, fixer, stop bath)
Pills (remove pills from personal pill bottles and put all together in a zip-lockable bag)

Roofing Sealer

Sharps/Needles (must be dropped off in a puncture proof container, loose sharps are not accepted)
Swimming Pool Chemicals (chlorine, pH reducer, pH increaser)

Transmission Fluid

Waxes/Polishes

electronic items accepted: 

Unwanted electronic equipment from a Berrien County home that has a cord or is battery operated such as:

Computers
Computer monitors ($10 per monitor fee)
Televisions ($20 per TV fee)
Printers
Large and Small Appliances
Window Air Conditioners
DVD/VCR Players
Power Tools
Dehumidifiers
Cameras
Vacuum Cleaner
Irons (curling/straightening, clothing, etc.)
Phones (cell and land-line)

Electronics are accepted and recycled by Green Earth Electronics Recycling, 4200 Niles Rd, St. Joseph, 269-326-1232, www.greenearth1.com. If you have a question about a specific electronic and if it is accepted or not, please call Green Earth Electronics Recycling.

items that are not accepted:

Latex Paint (click to learn latex paint recycling and disposal options)
Gas Grill Size Propane Tanks (click to learn Tank recycling/disposal options)
Waste from Businesses is Prohibited