Products that are not properly used, stored, and disposed of can present a hazard to our health and our environment.
Chemicals are part of our lives. However, there are reasons to be cautious about our exposure to some chemicals.
Minnesota's program for household hazardous waste (HHW) maintains a network of regional, local, and mobile facilities to collect household hazardous waste.
Find out what products are considered hazardous and where you will find them in your home. Most of hazarous products can be dropped off at your local household hazardous waste facility.
Find out how to dispose of needles and syringes safely.
Help keep our waters clean. Don't let medications go down the drain.
Recycle motor oil and handle it properly so it does not contaminate our land or water.
Using energy-efficient fluorescent light bulbs makes good sense—you save money on electric bills and help protect the environment. But because they contain mercury, they must be recycled to avoid polluting the environment and posing a health threat.
Once a battery is used up or no longer useful, the battery’s chemistry will determine how best to dispose of it. Look on the battery’s label or packaging to identify what it is made of, then use this guide to identify the safe disposal method.
How-to guides for dealing with household-hazardous waste.
Treating wood with chemical preservatives or pesticides lengthens its useful life and conserves trees, but some of the chemicals used in treating wood are toxic to people and the environment. To reduce adverse health and environmental impacts, be sure to select, use, and dispose of treated wood products safely and appropriately.
Found in most fishing jigs and sinkers, lead is poisoning wildlife such as loons and eagles. Find out about switching to non-lead alternatives for fishing tackle.