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Household Hazardous Waste

Household Hazardous Waste collection will continue. Residents should remain in their vehicles to allow residents and staff to follow social distancing guidance. View other Ramsey County updates on COVID-19 here.

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 Household Products Lawn and Garden Products Personal Care Products
  • Antifreeze
  • Automotive fluids
  • Gasoline
  • Lead-acid batteries
  • Oil Filters
  • Used Oil
  • Adhesives
  • Aerosols
  • Cleaners
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Fluorescent bulbs
  • Mercury-containing items
  • Paint
  • Rechargeable batteries
  • Stains and varnishes
  • Bug Killers/Repellents 
  • Herbicides
  • Pesticides
  • Poisons 
  • Pool Chemicals
  • Weed Killer
  • Nail polish
  • Hair spray
  • Needles/Syringes
  • Perfume and cologne

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Disposal Sites

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

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


Year-round Site
Bay West, Inc.
5 Empire Dr, Saint Paul

Hours (December - March)
Friday - Saturday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sunday - Thursday: Closed

Hours (April - November)
Tuesday - Friday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sunday - Monday: Closed

View a Map of Hazardous Waste Collection Sites

Medicine Collection Program

PW_Recycling_Medicine Drop OffMedicine collection sites are open at this time with the exception of North St. Paul and White Bear Lake. Please follow the social distancing guidance recommended by the CDC and Minnesota Department of Health if more than one person is dropping off unwanted medicine at the same time. The CDC and MDH recommend keeping six feet of space between yourself and others. 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. 

Learn More!

Ramsey County is now accepting needles, syringes and lancets at both their mobile and year-round household hazardous waste collection sites. Check their website for more information. 


PW_recycling_paintPaint 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, check this paint drop-off site locator.


Updated: October 13, 2020

Last Edited: December 14, 2020