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New, More Convenient Drop Off for Household Chemicals

02/23/21 03:45:pm

We want to make it as easy as possible to properly get rid of unused household chemicals in Milwaukee County, so the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) has added a NEW permanent drop-off site that’s already open.

It’s basically a drive-through. You don’t get out of your car, which with COVID safety measures in place is a good thing.

aerial map view of new HHW location

Please follow the COVID-19 safety procedures:

  • You must stay in your vehicle at all times
  • Put all items in your trunk or as close to the hatchback as possible. For social distancing purposes, we will NOT accept or unload any items in back seats that are directly behind the driver’s seat. 
  • We will NOT return cardboard boxes used to transport items to the collection.
  • We WILL return gas cans used for transporting old gas or gas/oil mixtures. However, the cans will be sprayed with a disinfectant before we hand them back to you.


The NEW location is at 6060 S. 13th St. in Milwaukee, just north of College Ave. and less than a mile from the freeway with easy on, easy off access.

This site complements two other permanent sites, one in Menomonee Falls and another in Milwaukee at 38th and Lincoln. The combination allows at least one facility to be open every day except Sunday. All three permanent sites are open on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

There’s a long list of things that you can and cannot bring to the collection locations.

MMSD's mission is to protect public health and Lake Michigan. Our water reclamation facilities are not designed to remove many of these compounds and chemicals. If improperly disposed of they can end up getting through to the plants and into the lake, our source for drinking water.

23 million pounds. That’s how many nasty household chemicals we’ve collected, disposed of properly, and kept out of the environment, just from Milwaukee County residents since 1997, the year MMSD’s Household Hazardous Waste Program started.

graphic of chemicals in water