Household Hazardous Waste

What is Household Hazardous Waste?

Household Hazardous Waste refers to items that cannot be recycled or placed into the trash. Some of these items include:

Hazardous Waste

  • paints
  • paint products
  • fluorescent tubes
  • ballasts
  • pesticides
  • poisons


  • motor oils
  • gasoline
  • antifreeze
  • cleaning products
  • automobile batteries
  • rechargeable batteries


  • ammunition
  • gun powder
  • propane tanks

Medical Waste

  • needles
  • syringes
  • infectious materials

Why can't we just put them into our garbage or pour them down the drain?

When hazardous materials are put into landfills, chemicals can leach into our groundwater. Pouring toxic materials down the drain can affect the efficiency of the wastewater treatment facilities, and could eventually affect our water as well. Use safe disposal services for hazardous waste and join us in our fight to keep our environment safe and healthy.

So what do we do with hazardous materials?

Western Lake Superior Sanitary District offers FREE disposal of hazardous products at their facility at 2626 Courtland Street in Duluth, MN. Please review the complete Household Hazardous waste guide for a complete list of hazardous products and hours of operation at WLSSD FREE Hazardous Waste Disposal.