Drop-off facilities

Drop-off facilities temporarily closed

Until further notice, Hennepin County is closing our drop-off facilities for household hazardous waste and recycling.

Residents are encouraged to safely store their household hazardous waste until we are able to accept items again by following these guidelines:

Store products properly:

  • Store out of the reach of children.
  • Store in a dry place. Don’t let products freeze.
  • Store away from heat or food sources.
  • Store in original container and make sure the original label is intact.
  • Do not mix products together.
  • Batteries should be placed separately in a clear plastic bag OR place clear tape on both the positive (+) and negative (-) terminals of batteries to prevent fires.
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Locations and hours


Brooklyn Park

Hennepin County Recycling Center and Transfer Station
8100 Jefferson Highway, Brooklyn Park, MN 55445


South Hennepin Recycling and Problem Waste Drop-Off Center
1400 West 96th Street, Bloomington, MN 55431

Hours of operation

Day Hours
Monday Closed
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Wednesday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday Closed

The facilities are closed:
Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day 

2019 Christmas  and New Year's hours

The Hennepin County drop-off facilities will have the following hours on Christmas and New Year holidays:

  • Open until 2 p.m. December 24 (Christmas Eve)
  • Closed December 25 (Christmas)
  • Open until 2 p.m. December 31 (New Year's Eve)
  • Closed January 1 (New Year's Day)

Facility guidelines

To make your visit efficient, safe and productive, review the following guidelines before you visit our drop-off facilities.

Who can use our facilities

  • Households only (excluding organics and some recyclable materials).
  • Residents of Hennepin, Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Ramsey, Scott and Washington counties only. Residents from Sherburne and Wright counties are not eligible to use our drop-off facilities.

In general, Hennepin County does not accept waste from businesses, with the exceptions of cardboard, scrap metal, recycling, and organics recycling from small businesses.

Businesses include rental properties, condominium, neighborhood, or townhouse associations; governmental entities; home-based businesses; nonprofit organizations; or any other activity intended to produce income. Hennepin County will not accept waste from commercial activities that was generated or stored in a household. For disposal options, businesses should search Commercial Hazardous Waste Disposal Companies fact sheet (PDF).

Check whether we accept your item

Safely transport household hazardous wastes

  • Transport your household hazardous wastes in sealed containers, in an upright position, in a plastic lined box. Make sure all containers are 5-gallons or less in size and properly labeled with the contents.

Remember to bring

  • Proof of residency, such as a driver's license or utility bill, is required
  • Payment (if applicable): cash, check or credit card (Visa, Discover, Mastercard) accepted.

When you get to our facilities

  • Drive up and check in. Drive up to booth outside of building. An attendant will greet you and check you in. Please have a list of the items you have for disposal. Pay for any items that have fees at this time.
  • Facility staff will direct you based on the materials you have to drop off.
  • Drive slowly and be aware of pedestrians.
  • Please note that the Brooklyn Park facility includes full and self-serve areas; the Bloomington facility is full-service.

Additional facility information and services

Additional disposal options

If your items are still in good shape, look for donation opportunities on the Choose to Reuse website.

Materials accepted - hazardous waste and problem materials

Below is a list of common materials accepted at the drop-off facilities. This is not all the items we accept. Check the Green Disposal Guide or call 612-348-3777 for a more comprehensive list of specific items.

Transport your household hazardous wastes in sealed containers, in an upright position, in a plastic lined box. Make sure all containers are 5 gallons or less in size and properly labeled with the contents.

The following materials are accepted from household only. Businesses must manage their hazardous and problem wastes properly.

Materials accepted for no charge


There is a limit five of same type per year. NOTE: There is a $10 charge for each TV, computer monitor and laptop.

  • Computer peripherals (CPUs, mice, printers, etc.)
  • Audio and video equipment
  • Phones – cordless, cell phones, smart phones
  • Rechargeable products – tools, toothbrushes, toys, etc.

Household, lawn, garden

  • Paint, stain, varnish, solvents, driveway sealer, and other materials (if five-gallon pails, limit three per year)
  • Pesticides
  • Fluorescent bulbs (limit 25 per year)
  • Aerosols
  • Pool chemicals
  • Mercury thermometers and thermostats
  • Oil filters
  • Automotive fluids
  • Motor oil (if in five-gallon sized containers or less)
  • Gas, fuels and other fluids (leave gas cans at facility to be emptied — you will be contacted when ready for pickup


  • All types
  • Prepare household batteries by placing batteries in a clear plastic bag OR place clear tape on both the positive (+) and negative (-) terminals of batteries to prevent fires

Needles and sharps

For proper preparation and directions, go to Green Disposal Guide – Needles and Sharps.

Materials accepted for a charge


There is a charge of $15 each. No commercial appliances are accepted.

  • Microwaves
  • Refrigerators, freezers
  • Water heaters
  • Dishwashers
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Washers, dryers
  • Stoves
  • Air conditioners
  • Furnaces

Mattresses and box springs


  • $3 each, with or without rims
  • Less than 4' diameter
  • No bicycle tires

TVs, computer monitors, laptops

  • $10 each

Materials not accepted

Find disposal options for these items on the Green Disposal Guide website.

  • Garbage
  • Ammunition
  • Asbestos
  • Business hazardous waste
  • Carpet
  • Concrete or asphalt
  • Construction materials
  • Empty gas cans
  • Explosives
  • Furniture
  • Infectious waste
  • Medicines
  • Non-reusable textiles (program discontinued December 31, 2019)
  • Remodeling debris
  • Wood
  • Yard and tree waste

Materials accepted - recycling and organics

Recycling accepted for no charge

Recycling is accepted from households and businesses. Note: Businesses are limited to one pickup truck load of recyclables per week.

Note: Hennepin County no longer accepts non-reusable textiles for recycling, effective December 31, 2019. To find information on how to donate gently used clothing, go to Green Disposal Guide: Clothing


  • Flatten boxes
  • Preferred size 3'x3'
  • Bloomington Drop-off Facility limited to one pickup truck load per visit. Larger quantities of cardboard from households should be delivered to the Brooklyn Park Transfer Station.


  • Milk, soup, broth, and wine cartons
  • Juice boxes


  • Bottles and jars


  • Food and beverage cans
  • For scrap metal, remove non-metal parts


  • Mail, office and school papers
  • Magazines and catalogs
  • Newspapers and inserts
  • Phone books (limit 100)
  • Refrigerated food boxes
  • Boxes like cereal, cracker, gift, toiletry, etc.


  • Bottles, jugs, cups and containers (empty, rinsed)
  • Bags (clean, dry, placed in an open bag)

Accepted from households only

Cords and lights

  • Electric cords and string/holiday lights


  • DVDs and Blu-ray discs
  • CDs
  • Pen drives
  • Diskettes
  • Thumb drives, flash drives, media storage cards
  • Video game cartridges
  • Jewel cases accepted only if holding DVDs or CDs.

Organics recycling accepted for no charge

Organics are accepted from households and businesses at both the Brooklyn Park and South Hennepin (Bloomington) facilities.

Organics can be dropped off Tuesday through Saturday. Organics must be in BPI-certified compostable bags, and there is a limit of five bags per person per day.

Organics recycling guide (PDF) features the list of materials accepted for organics recycling.

Guidelines for businesses delivering recycling to drop-off facilities

  • Your business must self-haul recycling to our facilities.
  • There is no material redemption service at these facilities.
  • If in plastic bags, must be emptied at time of drop-off. Bags may be separately recycled.

Volume accepted

  • A pick-up load or less of recycling per week is accepted.

Preferred times

  • We recommend dropping off recycling Tuesday - Thursday afternoons. These are our least busy times when we can provide the best customer service.
  • Please refrain from bringing in materials between 10 and 11 a.m., Tuesday–Friday.

Unloading your recycling

  • At the Brooklyn Park facility, you should expect to unload your own material and place it in the appropriate bin.
  • Staff will direct you to the unloading area and the recycling containers.
  • Staff will assist you with unloading as time permits.
  • Plastic bags must be emptied at time of drop-off. Bags may be separately recycled.
  • The staff at our Bloomington facility will unload your recycling for you. The sorting area at this facility is for staff only.

Free product centers

Residents can pick up usable products that were previously dropped off for free at the Free Product Centers located within each drop-off facility. The products are screened for quality before being placed on the shelves for reuse.

Examples of products you may find at the centers include:

  • Adhesives and glues
  • Aerosols
  • Automotive products
  • Cleaners
  • Paints and stains

Guidelines and limits

Residents must be 18 years and older to pick up items. The county does not guarantee these products, and items selected by residents are used at their own risk.

For the safety of those inside the drop-off facilities, park your car in the parking lot and walk to the building to use the free product centers.

Reselling products is prohibited.

The county limits the number of items that a person can take.

  • Aerosol cans: 2 per week
  • No more than 10 items total per week
  • Reselling products is prohibited

Reduce household hazardous waste

You can take simple steps to reduce exposure to toxic chemicals at home. Learning to read labels and buy the least toxic products, making your own non-toxic cleaners, and knowing how to properly use, store and dispose of hazardous products can reduce your exposure to chemicals, keep you and your family safe, potentially save you money and reduce the amount of household hazardous waste that you have for disposal.

See our tips for reducing and safely using and storing household hazardous waste.

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