Hazardous Waste

Hennepin County Drop-Offs Closed until April 6

Effective today, March 17, 2020, Hennepin County is closing Drop-off Facilities for household hazardous waste and recycling through at least April 6, 2020.  This decision has not been taken lightly and the county understands the hardship this creates for residents. Residents are encouraged to safely store their household hazardous waste until items are accepted again by following these guidelines:

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 at environment@hennepin.us or by visiting www.hennepin.us/dropoffs

Drop-Off Facilities for HHW

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.

Medicine Drop Off Locations

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. Prescription drug abuse among the teen population and there is a risk of accidental poisonings. 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.

Electronics and Computer Disposal

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 and fees (if any).

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