Contact Information

Environmental & Administrative Services
500 Court Street, Suite E
Defiance, OH 43512

Warren Schlatter, P.E., P.S.
Landfill Manager
dce@defiance-county.com

June Crosser
Assistant Director
jcrosser@defiance-county.com

P: (419) 782-5442
F: (419) 784-3268

Recycling Centers & Schedule

Important: Listen to MIX 98.1 for any delays or cancellations, during winter season.

Site Location Hours Phone Number
Ayersville Highland Twp. Fire Station
27723 Watson Rd.
1st Wednesday
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
No Early Drop-Off
(419) 782-5442
Evansport Corner of 1st & Main 3rd Friday
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
No Early Drop-Off
(419) 782-5442
Farmer Farmer Fire Station
9985 SR 249
3rd Friday
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
No Early Drop-Off
(419) 782-5442
Hicksville Transfer Station 07256 Gingrich Rd 1st & 3rd Saturdays April - Nov
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
No Early Drop-Off
1st Saturday Only Dec - March
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
No Early Drop-Off
(419) 542-8707
(419) 782-5442
Hicksville Village Grace Methodist Church
121 W. High Street
1st Friday
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
No Early Drop-Off
(419) 542-8095
Mark Center Methodist Church
01398 Farmer Mark Rd.
1st Friday
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
No Early Drop-Off
(419) 782-5442
Ney Ney Park
West Main Street
3rd Wednesday
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
No Early Drop-Off
(419) 782-5442
Noble Township Township Parking Lot
22485 Mill St
2nd & 4th Thursday
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
No Early Drop-Off
(419) 782-5442
Power Dam Power Dam Plant
14268 Power Dam Rd.
1st Wednesday
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
No Early Drop-Off
(419) 782-5442
Richland Township Richland Fire Station
1915 E. Second St.
2nd & 4th Thursday
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
No Early Drop-Off
(419) 782-5442
Sherwood Sherwood Park Lot
405 N. Harrison St.
3rd Wednesday
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
No Early Drop-Off
(419) 782-5442

Acceptable Material for Recycling

Recyclable Items
  • Corrugated Cardboard
    Cut into pieces or flatten boxes
  • Pressboard
    Folded flat
  • Newspaper & Inserts
    Bundle in paper sacks (brown). Please lay flat, not folded in bags or bound with twine
  • Magazines
    Magazines will be emptied into a bin
  • Plastics
    Milk Jugs, Pop Bottles, Water Jugs, Juice Containers, Detergent Containers Container must be rinsed clean Remove all caps and rings Labels do not need removed Containers may be collapsed to conserve space
  • Aluminum Cans
    Rinse Out Cans. No aluminum foil or tin food containers.
  • Steel Cans
    Rinse out cans to avoid bugs and odors Remove both ends of can if possible
  • Glass Containers are NO LONGER ACCEPTED: Werlor has been impacted by market increases outside of their control. They will no longer accept glass free of charge. They will accept it at Werlor’s for $20.00 per ton.

For more information on additional recycling, view our Recyclable Items.

Unacceptable Material for Recycling at County Drop Off Sites

  • Styrofoam
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Automotive Materials
  • Aluminum Baking Containers
  • Glass Containers - Werlor has been impacted by market increases outside of their control. They will no longer accept glass free of charge. They will accept it at Werlors for $20.00 per ton.

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Household hazardous wastes (HHW)fall into one of four categories, which is noted on the container and will have a hazardous symbol on it. hhw_symbols
 
Flammable – Ignites easily and burns rapidly.           Corrosive - may cause deterioration of body tissues or erosion of material at the site of contact.                   Explosive - Contents may explode if incinerated or stored above 82° F                                                                Toxic/Poison - Harmful or deadly upon contact, ingestion or inhalation.  
A - B  C - D - E F - G H - I - J
K - L - M N - O - P R - S - T U - V -W
PRODUCT     RED = possible HHW INFORMATION - SUGGESTIONS -  EXAMPLES HOW or WHERE TO DISPOSE OF LOCAL DISPOSAL
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Acids Read Labels for handling and disposal instructions    
Adhesives Read Labels for handling and disposal instructions. Loctite, Super Glue, Gorilla Glue, etc. Among glues, the safest choices are white glue, glue sticks, library paste, and yellow glue. Select them whenever possible. If you have a small amount of adhesive, open the container and let it dry. For larger amounts, spread the adhesive in thin layers on cardboard or newspapers. If the adhesive is in a tube, slit the tube for drying. For two-part adhesives, mix them together before letting them dry. When the adhesive has hardened, you can safely place it in the trash. Local recycling program will NOT accept adhesive containers
Aerosol Cans Try to use non-aerosol products. Drain all aerosol canisters. DO this by turning them upside down and spraying them into an absorbent material like a paper town, rag or a sponge.  Once the can has lost all of its pressure, wrap it in several layers of newspaper and throw it out with regular household trash.  Examples: Hair Spray, Disinfectant Spray, Oven Cleaner, etc. Empty cans may be thrown in the trash. Local recycling program will NOT accept aerosol cans.
Air Fresheners Phthalates are chemicals that are added to your air fresheners to sustain the fragrance for a longer period of time. Phthalates are toxic.  Read labels and choose natural fresheners without toxins.  If aerosol cans, use up and throw in trash.  If non-aerosol, use up and throw in trash. Contents may be diluted with water and flushed if NOT using septic type system. Local recycling program will NOT accept air freshener containers
Alkaline Batteries Alkaline Batteries are the most common disposable battery.  Small dry cell, sealed, non-rechargeable. Used in cameras, toys, watches, handheld electronics. Non toxic.                                                                      May be thrown in the trash. Local recycling program will NOT accept alkaline batteries
Animal Supplies Flea collars contain insecticides, however the toxicity decreases over time. Medications such as antibiotics, heart drugs, oral flea chewable, ointments, shampoos, etc. check with your veterinarian. Flea collars may be thrown in trash. Any liquid type product may be diluted and flushed if NOT using a septic type system. Defiance County Humane Shelter will accept unused veterinarian medications. 
Antibacterial Products Read the  labels. Examples are soaps, detergents, hand lotions, cleaners, mouthwashes, etc. Dilute with water and flush down drain Local recycling program will NOT accept antibacterial containers
Antifreeze Is a toxic material and CANNOT be discarded in the trash. Propylene Glycol-based antifreeze is less toxic that Ethylene Glycol-based.  Read the labels.  Do NOT mix with any other car products. Keep labels on containers.  Gary's Auto Service, Tireman,Monro Muffler will accept antifreeze.
Appliances Freon is a toxic gas in refrigerators and freezers. If getting a replacement appliance, ask the business you are purchasing it from if they take and recycle the old appliance.   Lowe's will take old appliance when purchasing a new one.  Omni Source will accept appliances and will pay you for the metal.
Art Supplies Read the labels for use, storage and disposal. Examples: Silica dust, glaze, formaldehyde, solvents, paints, etc.    
Asbestos Becomes a hazard when disturbed and fibers are inhaled.  Used extensively in home constructions 1940 thru 1970's.  Normally found as insulation wraps, blown in insulation, roofing material, floor tiles, caulking and glazing, some linoleums. If you suspect a part of your home may contain asbestos, check periodically for tears, abrasions, or water damage. If you discover damaged material or plan on disturbing an old area that may contain asbestos, call for professional repair or removal.   
Asphalt Roofing May contain adhesives, tar residue, non-friable asbestos May be disposed of in trash or taken to a landfill.   
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Batteries - Disposable Alkaline Batteries are the most common disposable battery.  Small dry cell, sealed, non-rechargeable. Used in cameras, toys, watches, handheld electronics. Non toxic.                                                                                  Lithium Batteries are disposable small sealed, non rechargeable. Used in watches, cameras, handheld electronics, pacemakers and remote car locks. non-toxic.                                                                                          Carbon Zinc Batteries are disposable small sealed, non rechargeable labeled General Purpose, or Heavy Duty. AAA, AA, C, D, 9 volt, button cells.  Used in watches, camera's, electronics. Non-Toxic. In 1996 the use of mercury in alkaline batteries was phased out.                   Alkaline, Lithium and Carbon Zinc disposable batteries may be thrown in to the trash. Local recycling program will NOT accept disposable batteries
Batteries - Motorized Lead acid batteries used in Cars, Motorcycles, Boats, Outdoor Power Equipment, motorized toys. Lead is a toxic heavy metal, contains acid and could be corrosive. Most automotive shops charge a core fee for the replacement of a battery. The shop then recycles the battery. Gary's Auto Service, Menard's  (10 max), Tireman,Vaughn's Auto Salvage, Monro Muffler, Walmart (2 max), OmniSource, Advance Auto Parts and Auto Zone will accept car batteries and pay with a $10 merchandise card (5 per day max).
Batteries - Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Batteries are rechargeable and commonly used in cell phones, laptops, power tools, video cameras electronics.                                                     Nickel Cadmium Batteries are rechargeable and  commonly used in cell phones, laptops, powered tools, electronics, toys, hobby vehicles, medical equipment. Cadmium is a toxic heavy metal and should not be incinerated, it will produce toxic cadmium vapors.                                                             Nickel Metal Hydride Batteries  are rechargeable and commonly used in cell phones, laptops, PDS'a power tools, cameras electronics and hobby vehicles.   Lowe's will accept rechargeable batteries at their recycling station inside the entrance door.
Batteries - UPS Uninterrupted Power Supply batteries or computer battery back up batteries   Local recycling program will NOT accept UPS batteries
Batteries Alkaline Alkaline Batteries are the most common disposable battery.  Small dry cell, sealed, non-rechargeable. Used in cameras, toys, watches, handheld electronics. Non toxic.                                                                      May be thrown in the trash. Local recycling program will NOT accept alkaline batteries
Batteries Button Varies in sizes and uses.  Commonly used in watches, hearing aids, toys May be thrown in the trash. Local recycling program will NOT accept button batteries
Batteries Lead Acid Lead acid batteries used in Cars, Motorcycles, Boats, Outdoor Power Equipment, motorized toys. Lead is a toxic heavy metal, contains acid and could be corrosive. Most automotive shops charge a core fee for the replacement of a battery. The shop then recycles the battery. Gary's Auto Service, Menard's  (10 max), Tireman,Vaughn's Auto Salvage, Monro Muffler, Walmart (2 max), Napa ( 2 max), Advance Auto Parts and Auto Zone will accept car batteries and pay with a $10 merchandise card (5 per day max).
Batteries Lithium-Ion - Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Batteries are rechargeable and commonly used in cell phones, laptops, power tools, video cameras electronics.                                      Lowe's will accept rechargeable batteries at their recycling station inside the entrance door.
Batteries NiCad - Rechargeable Nickel Cadmium or NiCad Batteries are rechargeable and  commonly used in cell phones, laptops, powered tools, electronics, toys, hobby vehicles, medical equipment. Cadmium is a toxic heavy metal and should not be incinerated, it will produce toxic cadmium vapors.                                                           Lowe's will accept rechargeable batteries at their recycling station inside the entrance door.
Batteries Nickel Metal Hydride -Rechargeable     Lowe's will accept rechargeable batteries at their recycling station inside the entrance door.
Bleach - Chlorine 2 gallons or Less - water soluble and may be diluted with water and emptied into the drain.  Triple rinse container and throw into trash or recycle. Local recycling program WILL accept this 
Brake Fluids Brake Fluid is alcohol-based and is toxic if ingested. Pour new or unused brake fluid into a container of cat litter.  It will be absorbed and evaporate within a few days and can be disposed of in the trash.  The plastic container may be tripled rinsed and thrown away. Gary's Auto Service, Monro Muffler, Tireman will accept Brake Fluid.
Bug Spray Bug spray examples:  Off, Raid, Repel. Products may be in aerosol and non-aerosol cans, pump bottles, wipes, clip on, etc. Throw empty cans of bug spray, bug spray wipes or solid bug spray packaging into the trash . The cans of bug spray should not be burned or heated in any way.  Liquids may be solidified with kitty litter and then thrown into the trash. Local recycling program will NOT accept bug spray containers.
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Car Batteries Car Batteries contain lead. Lead is a toxic heavy metal that contains acid electrolyte that is corrosive if spilled. Most automotive shops charge a core fee for the replacement of a battery. The shop then recycles the battery. Gary's Auto Service, Menard's  (10 max), Tireman,Vaughn's Auto Salvage, Monro Muffler, Walmart (2 max), Napa ( 2 max), Advance Auto Parts and Auto Zone will accept car batteries and pay with a $10 merchandise card (5 per day max).
Car Waxes & Polishes Read the labels.  Determine if it is flammable or toxic .  Liquid products NOT containing chemicals may be diluted with water and put down the drain.  Liquid products with chemicals should be mixed with  kitty litter, sand, or shredded paper to solidify and then can be thrown in the trash. Local recycling program will NOT accept car wax and polish containers.
Carpet Cleaners Read the labels for disposal instructions. Examples: Resolve, Vanish, etc. Most liquid, gel and powder water-soluble products can be disposed of down the drain with running water. Plastic containers should be triple rinsed and may be recyclable.  Local recycling program does not accept cleaner containers.
Carpet Deodorizers Read the labels for disposal instructions. Examples: Resolve, Vanish, etc. Most liquid, gel and powder water-soluble products can be disposed of down the drain with running water. Plastic containers should be triple rinsed and may be recyclable.  Local recycling program does not accept cleaner containers.
Cell Phones Cell phone technology changes almost yearly creating an abundance of 'old' or 'outdated' cell phones. Recycling cell phones has never been easier, as you can trade them in when buying a new phone for cash, mail them to multiple online recycling companies, or donate them.   Defiance County Environmental Services is a drop off location for Soldiers for Cell Phones. 
CFL's - Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs - Curly Light Bulbs These 'curly light bulbs' contain argon and a small amount of mercury. Mercury is minimal and can be thrown in trash. Lowe's will accept all CFL's. They have a recycling bin inside  the entrance door.
Computers CPU's, Monitors, Peripherals such as printers, scanners, mouse, speakers, key board.  Laptops, Tablets, Readers, commonly referred to as E-waste Computers or E-waste can be disposed of in the trash. Local recycling program will accept CPU's, Laptops, Tablets and monitors 17" or larger.
CRT's Cathode Ray Tube - used in older computer monitors and TV's. If in working order, check with local organizations that may have a need for it. The glass typically contains lead and is not recyclable. This may be thrown in household waste. Local recycling program will NOT accept CRT's.
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Darkroom Chemicals Darkroom chemicals include rapid fixers, developers, toners, washing agents for developing film.  Read the labels. Any chemical can be 'safe' or 'hazardous' depending on how you use it. Liquids may be diluted and flushed down the drain or hardened and placed into the trash.  The exception is the fixer which contains silver. This should be solidified and placed in the trash NOT the sewer system. Local recycling program will NOT accept any darkroom chemical containers.
Dish Soap Use up. Examples: Dawn, Joy, etc. is water soluble. Contents may be diluted with water and go down the drain.  Plastic bottle should be rinsed may be recycled. Local recycling program will NOT accept this container.
Dishwasher Rinse Agents Use up. Examples: Cascade, Finish etc. is water soluble. Contents may be diluted with water and go down the drain.  Plastic bottle should be rinsed may be recycled. Local recycling program will NOT accept this container.
Dishwasher Soap Use up. Examples: Cascade, Finish etc. is water soluble. Contents may be diluted with water and go down the drain.  Plastic bottle should be rinsed may be recycled. Local recycling program will accept this.
Disinfectants Use up. Examples: Lysol, Clorox. Contents may be diluted with water and go down the drain.  Plastic bottle should be rinsed may be recycled. Local recycling program will NOT accept disinfectant containesrs.
Drain Openers/Cleaners Use up. Read Labels to determine chemicals. Examples: Drano, Liquid Lightning, etc. Most liquid, gel and powder water-soluble household cleaning products can be disposed of down the drain with running water just like when you use them.  Local recycling program will NOT accept drain opener/cleaning containers.
Drugs Is your medicine cabinet full of expired drugs or medications you no longer use? Your medicine is for you. What’s safe for you might be harmful for someone else. You can dispose of your expired, unwanted, or unused medicines through a drug take back program — or you can do it at home.  Prescription and over the counter drugs should be disposed of by mixing left over pills in a unappealing substance (wet coffee grounds, used kitty litter, etc.) seal substance and drugs in a container and throw away. Defiance County Sheriff's Office will accept drugs any day the office is open.
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Electronic Devices or E-waste CPU's, Monitors, Peripherals such as printers, scanners, mouse, speakers, key board.  Laptops, Tablets, and Readers (Kindle, Nook)  are commonly referred to as E-waste E-waste can be thrown in the trash. Local recycling program will accept CPU's, Laptops, Tablets and monitors 17" or larger.
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Fertilizers Fertilizer without pesticides that contain only plant nutrients DO NOT require special disposal.  Fertilizers with pesticides that are labeled like pre-emergent, weed preventer, weed and feed, insect control or disease control.  Be sure to read the labels. Dry, granular fertilizer that does NOT contain pesticides may be placed in the trash.  Liquid Fertilizer (or plant food) that doesn't contain herbicides, insecticides, or pesticides may be diluted with water and poured down the sink.  Fertilizers are intended to be used on the ground, dispose/use it as directed.  
Filters - Mechanical Used oil filters can contain up to 10 ounces of used oil.  Opportunities exist for recycled filters (those sent out to be reclaimed) and purchased at a discount. The filter can be placed into a container to drain the oil and then be reused or recycled.  Dry up the remaining oil by adding shredded paper, sand, kitty litter or absorbents. Tireman will accept used mechanical filters.
Floor Cleaners Examples:  Fabuloso, Lysol, Mop N Glo Contents may be diluted with water and go down the drain.  Plastic bottle should be rinsed may be recycled. Local recycling program will NOT accept this container.
Floor Waxes Examples: Mop and Shine, Armstrong Contents may be diluted with water and go down the drain.  Plastic bottle should be rinsed may be recycled. Local recycling program will NOT accept this container.
Fluorescent Light Tubes Fluorescent tubes contain mercury making them a hazardous material Fluorescent tubes must be unbroken to be recyclable. Menards will accept fluorescent bulbs, turn into the entrance front desk.
Freezers Freon is a toxic gas in refrigerators and freezers. If getting a replacement appliance, ask the business you are purchasing it from if they take and recycle the old appliance.   Lowe's will take old appliance when purchasing a new one.  Omni Source will freezers and will pay you for the metal.
Fungicides Fungicides, herbicides and insecticides are all pesticides used in plant protection. Read the Label for directions. Used to eliminate a fungus, possibly in a garden. Use it all up.  Rinse container thoroughly and throw in trash. Local recycling program will NOT accept fungicide containers.
Furniture Polish Use up.  If aerosol can, buy non-aerosol products. Examples:  Liquid Gold, Pledge, etc. Aerosol cans, use up and throw in trash Local recycling program will NOT accept furniture polish containers.
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Gasoline  Is highly flammable and extremely toxic. Never pour gasoline down the drain, on the ground, or in the trash. Improper disposal of gasoline is a health and safety hazard, and threatens the environment. It should not be used as a solvent, cleaner, BBQ starter or any non-engine use. Minimal amounts can be left to evaporate or add kitty litter or sand to absorb. Gary's Auto Service, Monro Muffler will accept Gasoline.
Gasoline Mixed with Oil Is highly flammable and toxic. This mixture may be added to 10 gallons(or more) of gasoline, the mix ratio will be minimal and shouldn’t' have any effect. Gary's Auto Service, Monro Muffler will accept Gasoline Mix with Oil.
Glass & Window Cleaners May contain alcohol, bleach.  Read labels.  Use up. Contents may be diluted with water and go down the drain.  Plastic bottle should be rinsed may be recycled aerosol can may go into the trash. Local recycling program will NOT accept glass and window cleaner containers.
Glue Disposal depends on the main ingredient.  Read the label. If the glue or adhesive is solvent-based if needs to be hardened.  If it is water-based, it needs to be solidified. Elmer's Glue is non-toxic and can just be thrown in the trash.  To harden glue or adhesive move the container to a sheltered, secure, outdoor area away from flames, people, or pets. Open the lid and allow to dry.  To solidify, mix with kitty litter, sand or shredded paper.  Throw in trash. Local recycling program will NOT accept glue containers.
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Halogen Bulbs A halogen bulb also known as a tungsten halogen, quartz-halogen or quartz iodine lamp, is an incandescent lamp that has a small amount of a halogen such as iodine or bromine added. Can be thrown into the trash. Menards will accept halogen bulbs, turn into the entrance front desk.
Hand Soap and Body Wash Soaps come in bars or plastic containers. Examples: Soft soap, Dial, Dove, etc. Contents may be diluted with water and go down the drain.  Plastic bottle should be rinsed and may be recycled. Local recycling program will NOT accept this container.
Hearing Aid Batteries The disposal of hearing aid batteries depends on the battery and if it contains mercury. Mercury-free battery options CAN be disposed in household waste. To determine if your hearing aid batteries are mercury-free refer to the packaging. If the battery package does not say “mercury-free” assume it is not, but the mercury is minimal and can be disposed of in the trash  May be disposed in the trash. Local recycling program will NOT accept hearing aid batteries.
Household Cleaners Most liquid, gel, pastes, powder type cleaners are water-soluble.  Follow label directions. The majority of cleaning products can be disposed down the drain with running water.  If the container is plastic, rinse it until there isn't a product smell. Local recycling program will NOT accept this container.
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Incandescent Bulbs Does not contain toxic materials. Can be thrown into the trash. Menards will accept incandescent bulbs, turn into the entrance front desk.
Ink Cartridges Most manufacturers of ink cartridges will accept used ones. Register on line with Office Depot and they will send recycling boxes for your used cartridges. Free shipping and they will give you an Office Depot gift card. Local recycling program will NOT accept ink cartridges
Insecticides Insecticides are poisons. Read the label, many products have different levels of toxins and are labeled with 'caution', 'warning', 'danger' or 'poison'. Know what you have to determine how to dispose of it. Examples" Ortho, Spermicide, Seven, etc. These are poisons for insects.  Use the product and then throw in the trash. Local recycling program will NOT accept insecticide containers.
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Kerosene Is highly flammable and extremely toxic. Never pour kerosene down the drain, on the ground, or in the trash.  It should not be used as a solvent, cleaner, BBQ starter or any non-engine use. Minimal amounts can be left to evaporate or add kitty litter or sand to absorb. Gary's Auto Service, Monro Muffler will accept Kerosene.
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Latex Paint Use it up, dry it up, donate it, buy only what you need. NOT hazardous and can be safely thrown away after solidifying or hardening.  Liquids are not accepted at Landfills.  Use kitty litter, sand, shredded paper or leave open in a safe area to naturally harden.  OmniSource will accept paint cans if they have 1" or less of HARDENED paint.
Laundry Detergent Cleaners Examples: Tide, ERA, Oxi-Clean.  May be liquid, powder or pods.  Contents may be diluted with water and go down the drain.  Plastic bottle should be rinsed and may be recycled. Local recycling program WILL accept detergent containers.
Laundry Fabric Softeners  Examples:  Downey, Snuggle, etc.   Dryer sheets may be thrown way.  Liquids may be diluted with water and go down the drain.  Plastic containers should be rinsed and may be recycled. Local recycling program WILL accept plastic laundry softener containers.
Laundry Pre-Soaks Examples: Oxi-Clean, Borax, etc. Contents may be diluted with water and go down the drain.  Plastic bottle should be rinsed and may be recycled. Local recycling program WILL accept plastic laundry pre-soak containers.
Laundry Stain Removers Examples: Spray and Wash, Biz, Clorox etc. Contents may be diluted with water and go down the drain.  Plastic bottle should be rinsed and may be recycled. Local recycling program will NOT accept stain remover containers.
Lead Acid Batteries Lead acid batteries used in Cars, Motorcycles, Boats, Outdoor Power Equipment, motorized toys. Lead is a toxic heavy metal, contains acid and could be corrosive.   Gary's Auto Service, Menard's  (10 max), Tireman,Vaughn's Auto Salvage, Monro Muffler, Walmart (2 max), Napa ( 2 max), Advance Auto Parts and Auto Zone will accept car batteries and pay with a $10 merchandise card (5 per day max).
Lead Paint The Federal Government banned lead-based paint in 1978 and banned mercury as a paint ingredient in 1990. The requirements for disposal of debris containing lead-based paint vary depending on the concentration of the lead in the debris or the building.  This should be done by a professional.  
LED - Light Bulbs LED (light emitting diode)  use significantly less energy than even CFLs, and do not contain mercury. Can be thrown into the trash. Menards will accept LED bulbs, turn into the entrance front desk.
Lighter Fluid (Grills) Use the lighter fluid as it was intended. If you use all of the fluid, there is no need to take extra measures to dispose of the container -- it can be discarded with normal waste. Read the label for recommended disposal options.    
Lighter Fluid (Lighters) Butane Use the lighter fluid as it was intended. If you use all of the fluid, there is no need to take extra measures to dispose of the container -- it can be discarded with normal waste. Read the label for recommended disposal options.    
Lithium-Ion Batteries Lithium-Ion Batteries are rechargeable and commonly used in cell phones, laptops, power tools, video cameras electronics.                                      Lowe's will accept rechargeable batteries at their recycling station inside the entrance door.
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Machine Oils and Lubricants This can include crankcase oil, hydraulic oil, gear lubricant, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, etc.  Oils never wear out, they just get dirty. When completing home mechanical projects, be sure to drain fluids into a pan and not into a yard or a drain. Gary's Auto Service and Monro Muffler, Tireman will accept all machine oils and lubricants.   Advance Auto Parts will accept motor oil, hydraulic oil, crankcase oil and transmission fluids.  Auto Zone will accept crankcase oil, motor oil, hydraulic oil, gear lubricants and transmission fluids. Do not mix antifreeze with water or other fluids. 
Medicines Is your medicine cabinet full of expired drugs or medications you no longer use? Your medicine is for you. What’s safe for you might be harmful for someone else. You can dispose of your expired, unwanted, or unused medicines through a drug take back program — or you can do it at home.  Prescription and over the counter drugs should be disposed of by mixing left over pills in a unappealing substance (wet coffee grounds, used kitty litter, etc.) seal substance and drugs in a container and throw away. Defiance County Sheriff's Office will accept drugs any day the office is open.
Mercury Most household items that contain mercury are miniscule amounts.  Should you encounter anything over a pea size, leave the area and call for professional assistance. Small mercury containing items should be sealed in a glass container with the tope sealed with tape and then placed inside a zip lock bag.  The container should be stored in a cool protected area to prevent evaporation and breakage. Uncontained mercury vapors are hazardous. ERG Environmental Services in Bowling Green will accept residential mercury items for a fee. 
Metal Polishes Can be flammable, toxic and possibly corrosive.  Read the label and directions. Use all of the contents. Liquid metal polishes must be solidified using an absorbent material. Pastes or aerosol cans may be disposed of into household waste. Local recycling program does NOT accept metal polish containers.
Mildew Remover Mold and mildew removers can contain harmful chemicals. Never mix products with chemicals. Slowly pour down the drain with large amounts of water.  Aerosol products can go into the trash.  Non-aerosol products should be rinsed and may be recycled. Local recycling program does not accept mildew or mold containers.
Mothballs Mothballs contain chemicals. Cedar chips could be used to repel moths. Wrap the mothball in a plastic bag and dispose of in your household trash. Local recycling program dos not accept mothball containers.
Motor Oil Oil never wears out, it just gets dirty. Be sure when doing mechanical projects at home to have a drip pan for all fluids. Gary's Auto Service, Advance Auto Parts, Auto Zone, Walmart,Monro Muffler, Tireman will accept motor oil. 
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Nickel Cadmium Batteries or NiCad Batteries - Rechargeable Nickel Cadmium Batteries are rechargeable and  commonly used in cell phones, laptops, powered tools, electronics, toys, hobby vehicles, medical equipment. Cadmium is a toxic heavy metal and should not be incinerated, it will produce toxic cadmium vapors.                                                           Lowe's will accept rechargeable batteries at their recycling station inside the entrance door.
Nickel Metal Hydride Batteries - Rechargeable Nickel Metal Hydride Batteries  are rechargeable and commonly used in cell phones, laptops, power tools, cameras electronics and hobby vehicles.   Lowe's will accept rechargeable batteries at their recycling station inside the entrance door.
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Oil Based Paint Oil-based paints such as enamels, varnishes, shellacs, lacquers, stains, and sealers. Oil-based paint contains pigments and petroleum products that can be dangerous to humans and the environment. The vapors from oil-based paint can be especially noxious.  Always use oil based paint in a well vented area.  Use up the contents, or donate to an organization. If minimal left, open the lid to dry and harden. Once hardened it may be thrown in the trash.  If a lot of paint left add sand, kitty litter, shredded paper to solidify and then throw in the trash. OmniSource will accept paint cans if they have 1" or less of HARDENED paint.
Oven Cleaners May have chemicals and fumes.  Read the label.  Purchase alternate cleaners that do not have chemicals. Aerosol cans, use up and throw in trash.  Or solidify by adding sand, kitty litter before throwing away. Local recycling program will NOT accept oven cleaner containers.
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Paint Brush Cleaners Paint strippers and thinners such as turpentine or mineral spirits contain chemicals and are flammable. Never place in a plastic container.  Use in a well vented area. Solidify the liquid with an absorbent such as kitty litter, sand or shredded paper.  Then throw it in the trash. Local recycling program will NOT accept paint brush cleaner containers.
Paint Latex Use it up, dry it up, donate it, buy only what you need. NOT hazardous and can be safely thrown away after solidifying or hardening.  Liquids are not accepted at Landfills.  Use kitty litter, sand, shredded paper or leave open in a safe area to naturally harden.  OmniSource will accept paint cans if they have 1" or less of HARDENED paint.
Paint Lead Based The Federal Government banned lead-based paint in 1978 and banned mercury as a paint ingredient in 1990. The requirements for disposal of debris containing lead-based paint vary depending on the concentration of the lead in the debris or the building.  This should be done by a professional.  
Paint Oil Based Oil-based paints are enamels, varnishes, shellacs, lacquers, stains and sealers. Oil-based paint contains pigments and petroleum products that can be dangerous to humans and the environment. The vapors from oil-based paint can be especially noxious.  Always use oil based paint in a well vented area.  Use up the contents, or donate to an organization. If minimal left, open the lid to dry and harden. Once hardened it may be thrown in the trash.  If a lot of paint left add sand, kitty litter, shredded paper to solidify and then throw in the trash. OmniSource will accept paint cans if they have 1" or less of HARDENED paint.
Paint Solvents Paint strippers and thinners such as turpentine or mineral spirits contain chemicals and are flammable. Never place in a plastic container.  Use in a well vented area. Solidify the liquid with an absorbent such as kitty litter, sand or shredded paper.  Then throw it in the trash. Local recycling program will NOT accept paint solvent containers.
Paint Stripper Paint strippers and thinners such as turpentine or mineral spirits contain chemicals and are flammable. Never place in a plastic container.  Use in a well vented area. Solidify the liquid with an absorbent such as kitty litter, sand or shredded paper.  Then throw it in the trash. Local recycling program will NOT accept paint stripper containers.
Paint Thinner Paint strippers and thinners such as turpentine or mineral spirits contain chemicals and are flammable. Never place in a plastic container.  Use in a well vented area. Solidify the liquid with an absorbent such as kitty litter, sand or shredded paper.  Then throw it in the trash. Local recycling program will NOT accept paint thinner containers.
Pesticides Although toxicity varies from one pesticide to the next, all pesticides should be treated with caution.  Purchased only what is needed.  Read the label. If you end up with excess pesticide concentrate, dilute it as directed on the label; then apply it to an area listed on the label. You can dispose of excess pesticide mix by applying it to an area listed on the label. Do not apply more than is recommended. Local recycling program will NOT accept pesticide containers.
Pool Chemicals Read the label. Pool chemicals may include: Chlorine, calcium or sodium hypochlorite, microbial pesticides, muriatic aced, hydrochloric acid, sodium bicarbonate, shock (a concentrated form of chlorine) etc. When storing pool chemicals, it is extremely important to keep them dry and not allow them to get hot.  Moisture and heat are both elements that can trigger bad reactions, such as fires and toxic fumes.   Never mix chemicals. Small amounts may be diluted and flushed down the drain.  Large amounts may be donated. Solidify chemicals with sawdust, sand, or shredded paper, throw in trash. Defiance Water Recreation will NOT accept pool chemicals.
Prescription Drugs Is your medicine cabinet full of expired drugs or medications you no longer use? Your medicine is for you. What’s safe for you might be harmful for someone else. You can dispose of your expired, unwanted, or unused medicines through a drug take back program — or you can do it at home.  Prescription and over the counter drugs should be disposed of by mixing left over pills in a unappealing substance (wet coffee grounds, used kitty litter, etc.) seal substance and drugs in a container and throw away. Defiance County Sheriff's Office will accept drugs any day the office is open.
Propane Tanks Do not empty propane tank by letting the gas escape via the valve.  Propane venting can cause an area to become flammable very quickly.  Propane is heavier than the normal air an can collect at your feet or in a low area Places that sell propane exchange a tank for a filled tank. OmniSource will accept propane tanks that are empty with the valve removed and/or a quarter size hole in side.
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Rechargeable Batteries Lithium-Ion Batteries are rechargeable and commonly used in cell phones, laptops, power tools, video cameras electronics.                                                     Nickel Cadmium Batteries are rechargeable and  commonly used in cell phones, laptops, powered tools, electronics, toys, hobby vehicles, medical equipment. Cadmium is a toxic heavy metal and should not be incinerated, it will produce toxic cadmium vapors.                                                             Nickel Metal Hydride Batteries  are rechargeable and commonly used in cell phones, laptops, power tools, cameras electronics and hobby vehicles.   Lowe's will accept rechargeable batteries at their recycling station inside the entrance door.
Rodenticides These are poisons to kill mice, rats, ants, roaches, etc.  Read all label directions. Do not dispose of any pest poisons in drains.  Wear disposable gloves and wash hands after handling any poisons. Old, or left over poisons should be placed into a sealed container that has a cap, then placed into a zip locked bag before throwing it into the trash. Local recycling program will NOT accept rodenticide containers.
Roofing Shingles May contain adhesives, tar residue, and may contain non-friable asbestos May be disposed of in trash or taken to a landfill.  Local recycling program will NOT accept roof shingles.
Roofing Tar  Working around roofing tar can put you in close proximity to hazardous fumes. The fumes that are emitted from roofing tar are poisonous and should not be ingested. Therefore, when working around roofing tar, make sure that you try not to inhale any of the fumes.  Use all of the product. May be disposed of in trash or taken to a landfill after harden Local recycling program will NOT accept roofing tar containers.
Rust or Corrosion Preventative Read the label. Petroleum derived  rust preventatives are handled differently than bio-based products. Bio-based products and water soluble rust preventatives are biodegradable and not hazardous.  They may be thrown into the trash.. Local recycle program will NOT accept rust or corrosion containers.
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Sanitizers May contain bleach, alcohol, etc. Read the label. Water-soluble products may be diluted and flushed down the drain. Local recycling program will NOT accept sanitizer containers.
Sealants Variety of products for concrete, walls, roof, tires, etc. Read the label for disposal instructions.  Many sealants may be hardened and then thrown into the trash. Local recycling program will NOT accept sealant containers.
Shellacs A shellac finish has been used by woodworkers since the early 1800s, is non-toxic, and can be used as a sealer before applying a stain. Read the label for disposal instructions.  Many shellacs may be hardened and then thrown into the trash. Local recycling program will NOT accept shellac containers.
Sink Cleaners Use up. Examples: Comet, Ajax, is water soluble. Contents may be diluted with water and go down the drain.   Local recycling program will NOT accept sink cleaning containers.
Solvents Read the label if it includes words such as flammable, combustible, caution, warning, danger, or contains petroleum distillates or aromatic hydrocarbons take caution. Flammable materials should be mixed with sand or kitty litter before throwing in the trash. Local recycling program does NOT accept solvent containers.
Spot Removers Read the labels for disposal instructions. Examples: Shout, Resolve etc. Most liquid, gel and powder water-soluble products can be disposed of down the drain with running water. Plastic containers should be triple rinsed and may be recyclable.  Local recycling program does not accept spot remover containers.
Spray Cans Try to use non-aerosol products. Drain all aerosol canisters. DO this by turning them upside down and spraying them into an absorbent material like a paper town, rag or a sponge.  Once the can has lost all of its pressure, wrap it in several layers of newspaper and throw it out with regular household trash.  Examples: Hair Spray, Disinfectant Spray, Oven Cleaner, etc. Empty cans may be thrown in the trash. Local recycling program does not accept spray cans. 
Stainless Steel Cleaner May contain toxic chemicals.  Some alternate cleaners include vinegar (may leave streaks) or olive oil ( buff after using with clean cotton towel) Examples, Wieman, Affresh, etc. Liquids may be diluted and go down your drain.  Pastes may thrown in the trash. Local recycling program does not accept stainless steel cleaner containers.
Stove Cleaners Stove cleaners come in a variety of options, glass top stoves,  stainless tops, flat surface, removable burners, etc.  These cleaners may contain toxic chemicals.  Please read the label.  Liquids may be diluted and go down your drain.  Pastes may thrown in the trash. Local recycling program does not accept stove cleaner containers.
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Televisions If you purchase a new TV, check with the store to see if they will remove and take your old set.  If in working order, try to donate it to an organization. TV's can be thrown away in the trash.  
Thermometers Thermometers may be mercury free and would NOT be hazardous. To check look for a liquid. If it uses a metallic strip or coil to measure temperature (like meat thermometers) it is not a mercury thermometer. If there is a liquid but it is not silver, then it is not a mercury thermometer.  Read the label. Small mercury containing items should be sealed in a glass container with the tope sealed with tape and then placed inside a zip lock bag.  The container should be stored in a cool protected area to prevent evaporation and breakage. Uncontained mercury vapors are hazardous. ERG Environmental Services in Bowling Green will accept residential mercury items for a fee. 
Thermostats Thermostats can be mercury free. Electronic and magnetic snap switch thermostats don't contain mercury. If 1 or more glass bulbs are inside, then it contains mercury.  Each tilt switch contains 3 to 6 grams and a thermostat may have up to six tilt switches. Small mercury containing items should be sealed in a glass container with the tope sealed with tape and then placed inside a zip lock bag.  The container should be stored in a cool protected area to prevent evaporation and breakage. Uncontained mercury vapors are hazardous. ERG Environmental Services in Bowling Green will accept residential mercury items for a fee. 
Toilet Bowl Cleaners Toilet bowl cleaners may contain chlorine  or acids.  Read the label.  Examples are The Works, Lysol, Clorox, etc. Pour down toilet to dispose of. Rinse containers well and throw in the trash. Local recycling program does NOT accept toilet bowl cleaner  containers.
Toner Cartridges Most manufacturers of ink cartridges will accept used ones. Register on line with Office Depot and they will send recycling boxes for your used cartridges. Free shipping and they will give you an Office Depot gift card. Local recycling program does NOT accept toner cartridges.
Transmission Fluids     Gary's Auto Service, Advance Auto Parts, Auto Zone, Walmart,Monro Muffler, Tireman will accept transmission fluids. 
Turpentine Paint strippers and thinners such as turpentine or mineral spirits contain chemicals and are flammable. Never place in a plastic container.  Use in a well vented area. Solidify the liquid with an absorbent such as kitty litter, sand or shredded paper.  Then throw it in the trash. Local recycling program does NOT accept turpentine containers.
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Upholstery Cleaners Read the labels for disposal instructions. Examples: Scotch guard, Bissel etc. Most liquid, gel and powder water-soluble products can be disposed of down the drain with running water. Plastic containers should be triple rinsed and may be recyclable.  Local recycling program does not accept cleaner containers.
Used Gasoline Is highly flammable and extremely toxic. Never pour gasoline down the drain, on the ground, or in the trash. Improper disposal of gasoline is a health and safety hazard, and threatens the environment. It should not be used as a solvent, cleaner, BBQ starter or any non-engine use. Minimal amounts can be left to evaporate or add kitty litter or sand to absorb. Gary's Auto Service, Monro Muffler will accept Gasoline.
Used Oil When draining oil from a car or lawn mower, etc. use a drip pan to catch the used oil.   Gary's Auto Service, Advance Auto Parts, Auto Zone, Walmart,Monro Muffler, Tireman will accept motor oil. 
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Varnish Read the label. Minimal amounts can be left open to dry up. Brush or spray finish onto cardboard or scrap wood, or mix it with kitty litter spread out to dry. Once the finish is dry and solid, it is landfill safe and can go out with the household trash. May be thrown in the trash, after hardening. Local recycling program does NOT accept varnish containers.
Weed Killer Herbicides, also commonly known as weed killers, are chemical substances used to control unwanted plants. Herbicides per the EPA are also considered pesticides. Examples include Round Up, Ortho, Spectricide, etc.  If you end up with excess weed killer, follow directions on the label and apply it. Local recycling program will NOT accept weed killer containers.
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Wood Oils & Stains Read the label. Minimal amounts can be left open to dry up. Brush or spray finish onto cardboard or scrap wood, or mix it with kitty litter spread out to dry. Once the finish is dry and solid, it is landfill safe and can go out with the household trash. May be thrown in the trash, after hardening. Local recycling program does NOT accept wood and oil and stain containers.