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 items are accepted?

  • Ask the Waste Wizard!
  • Adhesives
  • Batteries
  • Brake Fluid
  • Bug spray
  • Carburetor Cleaner
  • Car Wax/Polish
  • Degreasers
  • Drain cleaner
  • Fertilizer
  • Fluorescent lightbulbs (max 10/household)
  • Fuels
  • Furniture polish
  • Household cleaners (oven, floor, window, etc.)
  • Herbicides
  • Leather cleaner
  • Lighter fluid
  • Metal Polish
  • Mothballs
  • Nail polish remover
  • Paint, oil or latex
  • Paint stripper
  • Pesticides
  • Polyurethane
  • Pool chemicals
  • Rodent killer
  • Roofing tar
  • Solvents
  • Spot remover
  • Stain or varnish
  • Turpentine
  • Wall paper paste
  • Wood preservative

What is not accepted?

  • Business waste
  • Used oil and oil filters (bring to a transfer station for free)
  • Prescription medication – Take it to the Box!
  • Sharps – place in a puncture resistant container and write ‘sharps’ with permanent marker before disposing in the garbage. See more info for medical waste.
  • Vehicle batteries – take these to a transfer station.
  • Electronics or appliances – take these to a transfer station.
  • The HHW facility does not accept business waste, except for a yearly Business Bulb Collection Event.

Collection Event Reminders

To sign up for reminders for any of our HHW Mobile Collections or the Business Bulb Collection event, use the Waste Wizard!


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