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Hazardous Waste & Toxicity Reduction

For Residents

​We use chemicals to clean our homes, wash our clothes, fix our cars, and maintain our lawns. In fact, as Americans we generate 1.6 million tons of household hazardous waste each year. These products can be harmful to our health and the health of our environment if they are used, stored or disposed of improperly.

If you have something and you’re not sure whether it requires special disposal or whether it can be recycled, reused or disposed of with household trash visit Dakota County’s Green Guide.

What is Hazardous Waste?
Hazardous waste is any waste material that can cause serious illness, a threat to human health or harm to the environment if improperly stored, transported or disposed. Most products labeled dangerous, flammable, poison, combustible and corrosive are considered hazardous waste.

Common examples include:

  • Aerosols
  • Antifreeze
  • Batteries
  • Cleaners
  • Electronics
  • Fluorescent light bulbs
  • Gasoline or other fuels
  • Lawn and garden products
  • Mercury thermometers
  • Oil
  • Paint—latex or oil
  • Paint thinner
  • Pesticides
  • Propane tanks/gas cylinders
  • Thermometers
  • Thermostats

Last updated: 3/4/2014 9:38 AM