Household hazardous waste collection events

Hennepin County organizes collection events throughout the year to give residents more convenient local disposal options for their household hazardous wastes.

PLEASE NOTE: The county will NOT be accepting electronics at the collection events; household hazardous waste will be accepted only.

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Locations and hours

There are no collection events scheduled at this time. 

The county typically holds five to ten collection events in May through October at sites throughout the county. Check back in spring 2015 for the 2015 collection event schedule.

Guidelines

  • Follow the signs and stay in line.
  • Be prepared to show your driver's license or other proof of county residence.
  • Events will be shut down during inclement weather.
  • Secure products so they don't tip over or leak.

Materials accepted

Accepted

Materials are accepted for free from households only. Businesses must manage their waste properly - see our commercial hazardous waste information.

PLEASE NOTE: The county will NOT be accepting electronics at the collection events.

Household, lawn and garden products

  • Adhesives (flammable or petroleum based)
  • Aerosols (pressurized or containing product)
  • Batteries
  • Cleaners
  • Drain cleaner
  • Driveway sealer
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Flammable products
  • Gas cylinders - propane less than 40 lbs.; specialty gases less than 59 lbs. will be evaluated; some may not be accepted due to management restrictions
  • Paint (limit three 5-gallon pails; no limit on pails 1-gallon or smaller)
  • Paint thinners, solvents and strippers
  • PCB ballasts (must be removed from fixtures)
  • Pesticides, insecticides and herbicides
  • Photographic and hobby chemicals
  • Pool chemicals
  • Rechargeable tools
  • Wood preservatives

Mercury-containing items

  • Fluorescent bulbs and HID lamps (limit 25)
  • Thermometers
  • Thermostats

Auto and fuel wastes

  • Diesel fuel
  • Fuel additives
  • Gasoline (containers will not be returned)
  • Kerosene
  • Starter fluid
  • Vehicle lead-acid batteries
  • Waxes
  • NO motor oil

Not accepted

  • Appliances*
  • Asbestos
  • Electronics*
  • Explosives
  • Garbage (food waste, furniture, carpet, lumber, empty paint cans, etc.)
  • Gas cylinders - propane greater than 40 lbs.; gases requiring special management and all gases greater than 59 lbs.
  • Medicines or infectious wastes - find medicine disposal drop boxes
  • Motor oil and filters*
  • Photocopiers
  • Radioactive wastes (i.e. smoke detectors)
  • Recyclables (scrap metal, paper, cardboard, cans and bottles, etc.)*
  • Tires*

*Accepted at the county's permanent drop-off facilities. Fees may apply on certain items.

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