Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)
What is Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)?
Household hazardous waste (HHW) are household items such as cleaning products, chemicals, polishes, paints, yard and garden supplies, automotive and recreational products, batteries, and light bulbs. These HHW items and more can cause harm to people and the environment. HHW should be brought to a special HHW facility that will ensure proper disposal of these items.
HHW is easy to identify by signal words such as: poison, danger, warning, and caution. Other words and phrases associated with HHW include: flammable, corrosive, volatile, explosive, toxic, may cause irritation, do not inhale, and use in well-venitlated area. If you are unsure if an item is considered HHW, contact Hennepin County or bright the item with you to the HHW facility and ask a technicial on site.
Hennepin County HHW & Recycling Drop-Off Facilities
Hennepin County operates two HHW & Recycling Drop-Off Facilities for residents to bring their unwanted materials. For more information regarding hours of operation, acceptable items, possible fees, and driving directions, visit Hennepin County's HHW & Recycling Drop-Off Facility webpage.
Special Collection Events
Hennepin County holds HHW collection events in Minneapolis each year. Visit Henenpin County's website for event dates, locations, times, and materials accepted at these special collection events.
Preparing Materials for Delivery
- Never mix chemicals together
- If possible, keep products in original container
- If product is not in original container, label what is inside the container
- Securely place items in your vehicle for transport
- Use a cardboard box or a reusable container
Common HHW items
Common Household Items:
Aerosol cans with product remaining (spray paint, air freshener, cooking spray, hair mousse, hair spray, pressurized air, spray adhesive, wood cleaner, antibacterial spray, etc.); all-purpose cleaner, drain cleaner, kitchen cleaner, mercury thermometers and thermostats, mothballs, nail polish and remover, oven cleaner, furniture polish, spot removers, tile and tub cleaner, photo chemicals, etc.
Home Improvement & Construction:
Oil-based paint, latex paint*, stain and varnish, paint remover/stripper/thinner, driveway sealer, concrete cleaner, wood preservatives, roofing tar, glue with solvents, etc.
* Latex paint is non-hazardous. Empty latex paint containers and containers with dried latex paint may be disposed of with your household garbage. Leave the lid off the contianer so the crew can see the paint is dried or the container is empty and place the empty or dired containers next to your garbage cart. Latex paint with liquid paint remaining should be brought to the HHW facility where it will be shipped for remixing and reuse.
Empty or dry oil-based paint containers should be brought to the HHW facility. Empty oil-based paint cans will be placed in the scrap metal and dry oil-based paint will be sent out for proper disposal.
Automotive & Recreation:
Aerosol cleaners and degreasers (carburetor cleaner, WD-40, chain lubricants, etc.), car and recreational vehicle paints, motor oil, oil filters, gasoline, antifreeze, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, brake fluid, car wax, windshield washer fluid, charcoal lighter fluid, pool chemicals, etc.
Yard & Garden:
Pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, fertilizers that contain pesticides (weed & feed), etc. Any product (liquid, solid, or aerosol) that claims to deter or kill an insect, rodent, or animal is considered HHW (bug spray, rodent bait, bee killer, etc.)
Other HHW Items that require special disposal:
Fluorescent and high intensity discharge (HID) bulbs, batteries, propance cylinders, helium tanks, other compressed gas cylinders, fire extinguishers, and electronics.
For proper disposal information for items listed in the Other HHW Items cateogry, or for items not listed on this page, contact Hennepin County by calling (612) 348-3777 or by visiting Hennepin County's Green Disposal Guide.
Note: Household batteries may be recycled through the City's one-sort recycling program by taping the positive (+) terminal, placing them in a plastic bag, and placing the bag on top of your one-sort recycling cart. For more information on batteries that may be recycled through the City's one-sort recycling program, visit the Household Battery Recycling page.
Last updated Jan 7, 2016