Dispose of Ammunition and Gunpowder


  • Bullets
  • Rifle Cartridges
  • Shotgun shells
  • Gunpowder

But no:

  • fireworks
  • flares



The Emmet County Sheriff’s Road Patrol Station
3460 M-119 (Harbor-Petoskey Road), Harbor Springs



The Sheriff’s Road Patrol Station is open 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Dispose of Fireworks


Throughly soaked legal amateur fireworks, for example:

  • Bottle Rockets
  • Firecrackers
  • Fountains
  • Roman Candles
  • Smoke Bombs
  • Snakes
  • Snaps
  • Spinners


But no:

  • Professional-grade fireworks
  • Large quantities, for example from retailing




  1. After completing your fireworks display, wait a minimum of 20 minutes before collecting fireworks waste to reduce the likelihood there are burning materials present.
  2. Use some type of light source (flashlight, headlamp, porch light, etc.) to illuminate the area so that all fireworks waste can be clearly seen.
  3. Check for heat before picking up any fireworks in case embers are still active inside.
  4. All spent fireworks (as well as damaged, misfired or unused fireworks) should be submerged in a bucket or large tub of water overnight or until they are completely saturated. Some sources recommend 48 hours of soaking.
  5. Seal the saturated fireworks in plastic wrap or a plastic bag.
  6. Place the plastic bag into a trash can (ideally, a metal container).
  7. The water used to soak fireworks should then be disposed of indoors down a toilet. Do not pour the water into a yard or down storm drains. Also, do not spray down your driveway/display area with a hose.
  8. Make sure to sweep up any remaining fireworks dust and small debris.
  9. Place the material into a plastic bag and discard the bag into a trash can.
  10. Keep the trash can containing fireworks waste outside and away from any potential fire hazards.


No way! No how! Fireworks are not recyclable!

NO symbol across fireworks and the recycling symbol

Fireworks are NOT recyclable!

For Pete’s sake, don’t put any fireworks in any recycling bin.
  • Not the leftover plastic parts or cardboard.
  • Not unused fireworks.
Fireworks are NOT recyclable.
Please help spread the word! Thank you. Whew…