Hazardous Waste


Drop-Off Facilities for HHW
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Hennepin County has two year-round drop-off facilities where residents can get rid of recycling, electronics, appliances and household hazardous wastes. Find out more about the materials accepted, hours, and at the drop-off facilities.

Shorewood residents also have access to Carver County Environmental Services drop-off facility in Chaska, a closer option for many residents. Materials accepted, hours and fees are different than Hennepin County, so read the information carefully.

Store products properly

  • Store out of the reach of children.
  • Store in a dry place. Don’t let products freeze.
  • Store away from heat or food sources.
  • Store in original container and make sure the original label is intact.
  • Do not mix products together.
  • Batteries should be placed separately in a clear plastic bag OR place clear tape on both the positive (+) and negative (-) terminals of batteries to prevent fires.

For more information, residents can contact us by phone at 612-348-3777, email environment@hennepin.us, or visit www.hennepin.us/dropoffs

Other Hard-To-Recycle Materials

Medicine Disposal
Hennepin County has placed drop off bins for prescription and other unused medications at various locations throughout the county for the free disposal of medicines. Storing unused medicines in the home can be dangerous. Disposing of medicines down the drain or in the garbage can cause groundwater contamination. The drop off sites are free and easy to use. Complete instructions and a list of accepted and unaccepted items should be reviewed before using the drop offs.22507411748_7768bcf418_o (1) - Copy (2)
Electronics and Computer Disposal

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Not only do many computers and other electronics contain materials which are hazardous in landfills, many of the components can be recycled. There are many free options for residents to dispose of electronics safely. Hennepin County drop-off facilities accept many items at no charge, Carver County Environmental Services accepts many items for a small fee, and many independent businesses accept various electronics, including such stores as Best Buy, Office Depot, Staples and more. Make sure you call the business for specific drop off information.

Battery Recycling
Button batteries and all rechargeable batteries must be recycled.  Button, lithium-ion and other rechargeables contain toxic metals and should not be put in the trash. Lithium-ion batteries are also known to cause fires. Those fires can also ignite in homes and businesses when collected. To reduce the risk of fire, Hennepin County will not be recycling batteries at city hall or libraries. They should still not be thrown in the trash or recycling cart!

Drop off batteries at the Carver or Hennepin County drop off centers. Some businesses also collect recyclable batteries. Alkaline batteries can be taken to the county drop-off centers or thrown in the trash.

Do not collect batteries for a long period of time at home. Please drop them off for recycling on a regular basis. If you have questions, contact Hennepin County Environmental Services, 612.348.3777.

If you have questions regarding hard to dispose of items, contact the city at 952.960.7900.