We use household hazardous products every day in cleaning and fixing our homes, maintaining our cars, and taking care of our lawns. But if these products are not properly used, stored, and disposed of, they can present a hazard to our health and our environment.
Finding household hazardous products starts with the label. Look for these "signal words:" caution, warning, danger, or poison.
Minnesota's program for household hazardous waste (HHW) maintains a network of regional, local, and mobile facilities to collect household hazardous waste.
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.
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.
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.