Disposing of Household Hazardous Waste
Unusable or unwanted chemicals are considered hazardous waste when their disposal poses an environmental or health threat. When disposed of in the garbage, down the drain or on the ground, some household chemicals can threaten our environment, harm garbage collectors or hurt you. Most household hazardous wastes are hazardous because they are flammable, corrosive or toxic.
Characteristic words indicate the type of hazard posed by a product - flammable, corrosive or toxic. Look for the signal words on the label. Signal words - caution, warning, danger, poison - indicate the product's degree of hazard. The facility accepts household hazardous waste from residents of Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, and Washington counties. Businesses, schools and other organizations may NOT use the HHW facility. There is no charge to use the site. Bring identification, such as a driver's license, as proof of residency.
For more information on hazardous waste, contact the Anoka County Hazardous Waste Facility. Below is a brief list of just some of the accepted household items.
- Aerosol Cans
- Driveway sealer
- Fluorescent and HID bulbs and CFLs
- Gasoline and other fuels
- Household batteries (alkaline, lithium ion, cell phone, power tool
- Lead and lead tackle
- Paint (liquid only)
- Paint thinner
- Propane tanks
- Used motor oil
- Used oil filters
- Wood preservatives
- Other household products