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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.

What to know

  • Residents should remain in their vehicles unless otherwise directed by staff.
  • Items should be stored in the trunk of the vehicle, bed of truck, or in a trailer. Only bring in items that one person can load in a vehicle by themselves. Staff will remove most items from vehicles.
  • Our events welcome residents arriving via bicycles and walk-ups — bikers can use the drive through traffic system as if they were a car.
  • Because of the hazardous nature of the products being collected at these events, be sure to pack your HHW items to prevent spills, leaks, and breakage.
  • We ask residents attending by foot to stay out of the collection areas.
  • Residents are encouraged to safely store their household hazardous waste until they are able to attend a collection event. Find safe storage tips from the Green Disposal Guide.

Required face coverings

  • All visitors are required to wear face coverings that cover both mouth and nose. Masks are available if needed.
  • Children under 5 are exempt from this requirement.
  • Visitors who have tested positive for COVID-19 or who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should not attend a collection event.
  • We do not require visitors to have received a COVID-19 vaccination to attend a collection event.
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Upcoming 2021 events

All 2021 events are Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Orono/Wayzata, September 17 and 18

  • Hennepin County Public Works Orono Shop
  • 3880 Shoreline Drive, Orono 55391
  • Location note: some navigation apps will list this address as Wayzata and some will list it as Orono. Both will bring you to the correct location.

Past events in 2021

Minnetonka, May 7 and 8

St. Louis Park, June 11 and 12

Minneapolis, June 25 and 26

Minneapolis, July 30 and 31

Minneapolis, August 13 and 14

  • 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 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



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


  • 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



Auto and fuel wastes

Diesel fuel

Fuel additives

Gasoline – containers will not be returned


Starter fluid

Vehicle lead-acid batteries


Not accepted






  • Food waste
  • Furniture
  • Carpet
  • Lumber
  • Empty paint cans
  • Etc.

Gas cylinders

  • Propane greater than 40 lbs
  • Gases requiring special management
  • All gases greater than 59 lbs.

Medicines or infectious wastes – find medicine disposal drop boxes.

Motor oil and filters*



  • Scrap metal
  • Paper
  • Cardboard
  • Cans and bottles
  • Etc.*


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

Refer to the Green Disposal Guide for additional disposal options.

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