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

In 2014, the county will offer 10 Household Hazardous Waste Collection events.

Events will take place Thursday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. PLEASE NOTE: We will NOT be accepting electronics at any of our collection events.

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September 18-20

University of MN - Parking Lot C66
2904 Fairmount Street SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414

October 2-4
Public Works Department
24200 Smithtown Road
Shorewood, MN  55331

October 9 – 11
Minneapolis Public Works Dept.
Snelling Ave.
3607 East 44th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55406

Items can also be dropped off year round at Drop-off Facilities located at 1400 W. 96th St., Bloomington; and 8100 Jefferson Highway, Brooklyn Park. For more information, call 612-348-3777.

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  • 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


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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