Words like "Caution", "Danger" and "Flammable" on a product label are the best indicators that a product is potentially hazardous. If not used or disposed of properly, these products can harm your health, the environment or both. It is illegal to put hazardous waste in the trash.
Where Can I Dispose of Hazardous Waste?
Hennepin County Drop-off Facilities accept household hazardous waste for no charge. Some items accepted include:
- Household cleaning products
- Lawn and garden pesticides and herbicides
- Pool chemicals
- Personal care products such as aerosols, perfumes and polish remover
- Fluorescent light bulbs
- Driveway sealer
For a complete list, check the Hennepin County Green Disposal Guide.
Used Motor Oil
Plymouth residents can dispose of used motor oil at the maintenance facility used motor oil drop-off site.
Safely dispose of unused vitamins, supplements, prescription, pet and over-the-counter medicines at one of Hennepin County's medicine drop boxes.
As of November 1, 2019, the battery recycling program has been discontinued due to fire risk. Battery bins will no longer be available at public locations, but are still accepted at Hennepin County Drop-off Facilities.
As of November 1, 2014, unused paint must be recycled in the State of Minnesota, including latex-based and oil-based paints, stains and varnishes. Residents and businesses can drop off paint to be recycled at the following locations:
- Hennepin County Drop-off Facilities - residents only, no material from businesses
- Hirschfield's, 1975 Annapolis Lane N.
- Sherwin Williams, 10100 6th Avenue N., Suite 125
- PPG Pittsburgh Paints, 5400 Nathan Lane N.
For more locations and details of the paint recycling program, visit paintcare.org/drop-off locations. Empty and dry paint containers may be put in the trash (must not contain wet paint, liquids or aerosols).
Mercury is a strong neurotoxin that is present in many common household products like appliances, button batteries, electronics and thermostats. To learn more about this hazardous material read Mercury Information (PDF).
To learn how to clean up spilled mercury, read information from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (PDF) or call 651-649-5451.