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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. 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. Bikers can use the drive through traffic system as if they were a car.

  • Residents are encouraged to safely store their household hazardous waste until they are able to attend a collection event. Safe storage tips can be found by viewing our household hazardous waste page.

Face coverings

As of June 15:

  • All residents who attend an HHW collection event who are not fully vaccinated are required to wear face coverings.
  • Fully vaccinated people do not have to wear face coverings, but are welcome to do so.
  • Fully vaccinated is defined as 14 days after the last dose in a person's vaccine series. Children under 5 are exempt from this requirement.
  • We ask that people who have tested positive for COVID-19 or who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms not attend a collection event.
  • We do not require visitors to have received a COVID-19 vaccination to attend HHW collection events.
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All 2021 events are Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Minnetonka, May 7 and 8

Minnetonka Public Works Department
11522 Minnetonka Blvd.
Minnetonka, MN 55305


St. Louis Park, June 11 and 12

Middle School

2025 Texas Ave. S

(enter off West 22nd Street)

St. Louis Park, MN 55426


Minneapolis, June 25 and 26

Pillsbury Elementary School

(enter off 22nd Ave. NE)

2250 NE Garfield St.
Minneapolis, MN 55418


Minneapolis, July 30 and 31

Anthony Middle School

(enter off Sunrise Drive)

5757 Irving Ave. S

Minneapolis, MN 55419



Minneapolis, August 13 and 14

South High School

(enter off 21st Ave. S)

3131 19th Ave. S

Minneapolis, MN 55407


Orono/Wayzata, September 17 and 18

Hennepin County Public Works Orono Shop

3880 Shoreline Dr.

Orono, MN 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.

  • 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


  • Flammable or petroleum based


  • 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


  • 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

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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