Household hazardous waste and problem materials are unwanted household materials that are flammable, an oxidizer, corrosive, toxic, reactive, or contain polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). These products have a wide variety of uses in your household, but they can harm human health and the environment if used, stored or disposed of improperly.
For a detailed list of materials, see the Household Hazardous Wastes and Problem Materials Guide.
See the A to Z How-to-Get-Rid-of-It Guide for disposal information of specific materials.
About 100,000 residents drop off items at Hennepin County’s drop-off facilities and collection events every year. The waste is managed by the county in the most environmentally protective, cost-effective method possible.
For more information, see What Happens to All This Stuff factsheet (pdf 257KB).
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