Lake County Solid Waste

Management District

Merrillville Municipal Complex ∑ 7820 Broadway ∑ Merrillville, IN  46410
219-769-3820 ∑ FAX: 219-769-3890 ∑

Main office in Merrillville 8:00a.m. - 4:30p.m. Monday through Friday
Closed 12noon-1p.m. daily for lunch



The program is a cooperative effort between the Lake, Porter, and LaPorte County Solid Waste Districts to collect household chemicals.

The program operates a mobile collection unit which changes locations throughout the three county area. These collection sites are held on Saturdays starting in the Spring and running through Fall. This program is not available to businesses. Residents can participate at any collection held in the county where they live.

In addition to the mobile unit, the program operates a Battery Collection Program, a Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator (CESQG) program, and is part of IDEM's Mercury Awareness Program (MAP). Call the Lake Michigan Districts to find out more on these programs at 1-800-946-4449 or 1-219-769-3820.


Thank you for your interest in the Household Hazardous Waste Program. The program has ended for 2016. You'll need to hold on to your materials as this program is a mobile program and we do not have a permanent location. Please check our website in March 2017 for program information and schedule.



What Can I Dispose Of??

* Aerosols
* Ammunition
* Automotive Supplies
* Antifreeze
* Oils and Other Fluids
* Batteries
* Automotive
* Household
* Corrosives
* Medication (expired or unwanted)
* Mercury Containing Products
* Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLís)
* Fluorescent Tubes
* Thermometers - Silver Bulbs
* Thermostats
* Other Mercury Containing Items
* Paint and Related Products
* Oil Based Paint
* Thinners
* Solvents
* Pesticides
* Fungicides
* Herbicides
* Insecticides
* Other Poisons
* Sharps (medical needles)
* Waste Fuels
* Diesel
* Gasoline
* Kerosene
* Other Flammable Liquids

What is NOT Accepted?

*Business / Commercial / Schools / Organizations Hazardous Waste - Contact us at 1-800-946-4449 for more information on the Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator (CESQG) program.

*Explosives - Contact your local Fire Department for disposal

*Latex Paint - There are now two options for Lake County residents! 1) If you have enough useable latex paint, take it to the Latex Paint Recycling and Reuse Program at Hobart City Yard, 340 S. Shelby Street in Hobart. For questions, contact them at 219-942-6121. 2) If you only have a small amount remaining in the paint can: remove and dispose of the lid; stir enough clay kitty litter into the container until you canít add anymore; let it dry to a solid; then you can place it out on your trash collection dayÖ.REMEMBER to leave it UNCOVERED so your waste hauler can see that it is dry and solid.

* Medical Waste and Radioactive Materials


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