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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

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

More information on where to go and what you can drop off is on the Ramsey County Medicine Collection Webpage

Paint Recycling
Numerous hardware stores throughout the state accept leftover cans of latex and oil paint from households and painting contractors. To find a store near 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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