Household Hazardous Waste
The Product Reuse Center and Radon testing kit program at Ramsey County’s year-round site have closed in order to follow CDC and Minnesota Department of Health guidance on social distancing. 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|
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.
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
Medicine 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.
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.
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: April 9, 2020