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Household Hazardous Waste

Hazards in the home

Products that are not properly used, stored, and disposed of can present a hazard to our health and our environment.

Creating a clean, and green, home

Chemicals are part of our lives. However, there are reasons to be cautious about our exposure to some chemicals.

Find your household hazardous waste collection site

Minnesota's program for household hazardous waste (HHW) maintains a network of regional, local, and mobile facilities to collect household hazardous waste.

Dispose of hazardous waste safely

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.

Disposing of needles and syringes

Find out how to dispose of needles and syringes safely.

Fluorescent light bulbs: Use them, recycle them.

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.

Mercury in the home

Mercury is a dangerous neurotoxin, a poisonous substance that damages or destroys nerve tissue. Learn how to minimize risks from mercury in your home.

Managing of unwanted medications

Help keep our waters clean. Don't let medications go down the drain.

Changing your oil: An earth-friendly guide for do-it-yourselfers

Recycle motor oil and handle it properly so it does not contaminate our land or water.

Household batteries

Once a battery is used up or no longer useful, the battery’s chemistry will determine how best to dispose of it.

Treated wood for residential use

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.

Let’s Get the Lead Out: Non-lead alternatives for fishing tackle

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.

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