Household and Hazardous Waste

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What is Household Hazardous Waste?

Many products commonly used in the every day cleaning and repair of our homes, maintaining our vehicles, and taking care of our lawns, contain hazardous components – ingredients that are corrosive, toxic, flammable, reactive and/or physically or environmentally hazardous. Products such as oil based paint, varnish and paint remover, drain openers,  fuel additives, lighter fluid, lubricants, rust and tar removers, pool chemicals, gasoline contaminated with oil or water, weed killers and other products.  If these products are not properly used, stored, and disposed of, they can present a hazard to our health and environment.

Disposing of Household Hazardous Waste Responsibly

Household hazardous waste must be disposed of properly to protect the environments.  HHW placed in the trash can contaminate landfills, causing water pollution and expensive cleanup.  HHW dumped on the ground can contaminate ground and surface waters as the soil does not filter hazardous chemicals away.  HHW poured in storm drains goes directly to our lakes and rivers.  HHW should not be emptied into household drains as wastewater treatment plants and septic systems are not designed to process hazardous waste.,

The Lac qui Parle County Environmental Office hosts two Household Hazardous Waste Collections each year.   Lac  qui Parle County residents may bring Household Hazardous Waste to either collection.  The Madison spring and fall collection is held at the County Highway Garage in Madison. The Dawson spring and fall collections are held at the County Highway Shop on the south side of Dawson. 

Accepted ItemsUnaccepted Items
  • Paint (empty paint cans may be throw away)
  • Stain & Varnish
  • Wood Preservatives
  • Hobby Supplies
  • Thinners/ Solvents/ Flammables
  • Home and Garden Pesticides
  • Pool Chemicals
  • Drain Opener
  • Acids and Bases
  • Strong Cleaners / Spot Removers
  • Aerosol Cans (empty/depressurized cans can be thrown away)
  • Rechargeable Batteries
  • Thermometers, Thermostats, Mercury Switches
  • Flammables
  • Out-of-County Waste
  • Business Waste
  • Unidentified Waste
  • Compressed Gas
  • Explosives and Ammunition (Sheriff's Office)
  • Radioactive Materials
  • Medical Waste
  • Prescription Drugs (Sheriff's Office)
  • Car Batteries (Can be returned to retailers)
  • Oil & Oil Filters (Can be recycled at local service stations and NAPA Parking Lot in MadisoN)
  • Empty Containers (can throw away)
  • Tires 
  • Electronics
  • Appliances
  • Fluorescent Bulbs
  • Non-Hazardous Products

Regional Facility Option

Lac qui Parle County residents may bring Hazardous Wastes and Usable Hazardous Products year-round to our Regional Facility: 


1404 SW 22nd Street
Willmar, MN  56201

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Monday thru Friday
Closed Saturdays

For more information about Recycling and Problem Material Disposal in our Southwest Minnesota Region, please call the Lac qui Parle County Environmental Office. 

HHW Collection Events:

Spring 2023
May 24 (3:00p - 6:00p)
Madison County Highway Garage

Fall 2023:
September 20 (3:00p - 6:00p)
Dawson County Highway Shop

Acceptable and Unacceptable Waste to be brought to HHW Collections

What CAN be thrown away or poured down the drain?

  • Empty Containers
  • Empty Aerosol Cans
  • Empty Paint Cans and Dried-Out Paint
  • Detergents
  • Glass Cleaner
  • Bleach
  • Alkaline Batteries
  • Fertilizer (without weed killer)
  • Soap