Household Hazardous Waste

Collections Schedule

Collections for Elkhart County residents will be held on the first Saturday of every month at the Elkhart County Cor​rectional Facility near the intersection of County Road 7 and County Road 26 in Elkhart, with the entrance off of County Road 7. The hours are from 8:00am to 3:00pm.

Items Accepted at the Monthly Drop Off
  • Floor care products, furniture polish, metal polish

  • Nail polish and polish remover

  • Antifreeze, brake fluid, gasoline, kerosene, transmission fluid, windshield washer fluid, used motor oil

  • Glue, mineral spirits, oil-based paint, aerosol paints, paint thinner, paint stripper, rust remover, varnish, wood preservative

  • Fungicide, insecticide, weed killer, rat/mouse poison

  • Household cleaners, gun cleaning solvent, mothballs, lighter fluid, swimming pool chemicals

  • Unused or expired medications. You may also drop off sharps but they must be in a puncture-proof container.

  • Mercury

  • Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs)

  • Rechargeable batteries, lithium batteries, car batteries. SWMD will take car batteries but these may also be sold to a local scrap dealer.

Items Not Accepted at the Monthly Drop Off
  • Tires: Please return tires to a store that sells tires (area retailer).

  • Electronic waste: Electronic waste (such as computers, TVs, VCRs, and stereos) is accepted at the landfill for $10.00 per unit.

  • Microwaves: Can be taken to Schupan and Sons, 574-524-2100, or to Omnisource, 574-534-3455 or 574-295-4657.

  • Refrigerators and Freezers: Can be taken to Omnisource, 574-534-3455 or 574-295-4657.

  • Latex Paint: Absorb paint with shredded newspaper, kitty litter, sand, sawdust, or other absorbent and dispose of in your trash. Aerosol cans can be emptied of their contents and disposed of in the trash. Oil based paint is accepted.

  • Alkaline Batteries: Dispose of in your trash.


Medications may be dropped off in the lobby of any Elkhart County Police Station, except Millersburg, 365 days a year. The police departments DO NOT accept sharps (such as needles, syringes, lancets, or auto injectors).

Medications and sharps are accepted at the monthly household hazardous waste collections, but sharps must be stored in a puncture proof container.

You may also add water to pills, seal the lid tightly, and seal the whole container in a resealable plastic bag. You may soak up liquid medications with sand or kitty litter, secure the lid tightly, and seal the whole container in a resealable plastic bag. Both may be disposed in a landfill in that condition.


59530 County Road 7

Elkhart, IN  46517

(574) 522-2581


Monday - Friday: 8:00am to 4:45pm

Saturday (April through November): 9:00am to 11:45am

Compost bins NOT available for pickup on Saturday


Elkhart County Solid Waste Management District

Elkhart County Landfill

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