Household Hazardous Waste


Where can I dispose of hazardous waste from my home?

The Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) program was established to properly dispose of household generated hazardous waste. Many household chemicals and items such as batteries, fluorescent lightbulbs and paint should never be disposed of in the garbage. These items can be harmful to you, wildlife or the environment if they are mishandled. The HHW program accepts these items free of charge for Otter Tail County Residents at our HHW Facility in Fergus Falls or at any of our HHW Mobile Collections. We recycle many of the items, or offer good items back to the public free of charge at our Product Exchange area at the HHW Facility. Not sure how to dispose of something? Need a reminder about the next HHW mobile collection? Just ask the Waste Wizard!

What can I bring to HHW?

What is not accepted?

  • The HHW facility does not accept business waste except for fluorescent bulbs from businesses which are accepted for a fee. Call ahead for details and pricing.
  • Prescription medication – Take it to the Box!
  • Vehicle batteries – take these to a transfer station.
  • Electronics or appliances – take these to a transfer station.

How do I properly dispose of batteries?

Battery disposal can be confusing! Any rechargeable or lithium battery should be brought to Household Hazardous Waste for proper handling. Alkaline batteries are safe to put in the trash, as they are no longer contain mercury. For more information, read this battery disposal handout from the MPCA.

Collection Event Reminders

To sign up for reminders for any of our HHW Mobile Collections use the Waste Wizard!


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