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Household products that contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable, or reactive ingredients are considered to be household hazardous waste.  This includes paints, cleaners, oils, batteries, and pesticides among others.  

Products that fall into the category of Household Hazardous Waste cannot be disposed of in normal trash, and cannot be dumped down the sink.  They will normally need to be taken to a special collection site for recycling or disposal.  See the right side of this page for links to Twin Cities area county recycling and hazardous waste disposal programs.  Electronic waste, such as cell phones, computers, televisions, etc. (basically anything with a circuit board) also needs to be recycled or disposed of properly (see our Electronic Waste page for additional information).  Be sure to consult your recycling and disposal facility for specific information on what types of materials are accepted and if there are any fees involved.

Because of the disposal problems associated with these items, it is especially important to limit the amount purchased to only what is needed.  It’s also a good idea to use up whatever you can, or give it to someone else who can use it for it’s intended purpose.  This will save others from buying more than they need, and also save them from potentially having to deal with a disposal issue as well.  The simple point is that while using products and appliances that may be deemed hazardous may be unavoidable, proper disposal of these items is the responsibility of every consumer.  

See the EPA Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) website for additional information.

Check out the Earth911 website to Search for Local Recycling Solutions.

Household Hazardous Waste

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