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Unwanted household materials that are flammable, an oxidizer, corrosive, toxic, reactive, or contain polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are considered hazardous waste. These common products can harm human health and the environment if used, stored or disposed of improperly.

If a container has the words: POISON, DANGER, WARNING or CAUTION on the label and still has product left over it cannot go in the trash.

Examples of Household Hazardous Waste

Automotive products
  • Including automotive fluids, lead-acid batteries and oil filters

Household, lawn and garden products

  • Including adhesives, aerosols, batteries, cleaners, fire extinguishers, fluorescent bulbs, mercury-containing items, paint, pesticides, poisons, pool chemicals, stains and varnishes

Personal care products

  • Including nail polish, hair spray and perfume

Electronics Recycling

  • Including audio equipment, computers and peripherals, telephones, televisions and video equipment

Disposal Options
Ramsey County collects and manages hazardous waste at a year round collection site and seaonal collection events throughout the year.

Ramsey County Year-Round Collection Site
New Winter Hours (December through March):                                                           Fridays- 11 am - 6 pm & Saturdays- 9 am - 4 pm

Ramsey County Seasonal Collection Sites
List of Acceptable Materials

Please note, electronics are not accepted. Visit the Electronics page for disposal options.

Medicine Collection Program
Safely dispose of unwanted, expired and unused medicines for FREE at one of Ramsey County’s two public drop boxes. This year-round collection program helps prevent crime and protects the environment. Storing unwanted, expired and unused medicines can lead to drug abuse or poisoning, and medicines flushed down the drain or disposed of in the trash can harm the environment.

Ramsey County Medicine Collection Sites

Accepted Medicines
All medicines from households are accepted, including prescription, over-the-counter, vitamins, supplements and pet medicines. Place in a clear bag.

Starting Nov. 1, more than 100 retail drop-off sites throughout the state will accept leftover cans of latex and oil paint from households and painting contractors. An additional 60 locations will be added by summer 2015. These retailers are playing a key role in the paint industry’s product stewardship initiative that was authorized by the state legislature and signed into law by Governor Mark Dayton in May 2013. To find a retails drop off site nearest you visit: paint drop off site locator.

More Information
View the Ramsey County A to Z Disposal Guide for reuse, recycling and disposal information for a wide variety of materials.

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