Household Hazardous Wastes Accepted

All HHW brought to Pope/Douglas must be in a labeled, non-leaking container that can be left at the facility.

Drop off is at the Pope/Douglas Household Hazardous Waste Facility.

General List of Items Accepted

Household Hazardous Waste Guide

Acids •Adhesives •Aerosols •Antifreeze •Brake Fluid • Cements • Chemistry Sets • Chlorine • Corrosives • Degreasers • Dioxin (pesticide) • Disinfectants • Drain Cleaners • Dry Gas • Fiberglass Resins • Flea Products • Furniture Polish • Gasoline/etc • Hair Removers • Herbicides • Hobby Chemicals • Inks • Insecticides • Insect Repellents • Lubricants • Mercury Thermostats • Mercury Thermometers • Moth Balls/flakes • Nail Polish/Remover • Oven Cleaners • Pesticides • Photo Chemicals • Pool Chemicals • Rat Poisons • Rubber Cements • Rug/Upholstery Cleaners • Rust Solvents • Silvex (pesticide) • Spot Removers • Toilet Bowl Cleaner • Tub/Tile Cleaners • Waste Fuels • Weed Killers • NOTE: Containers must be 5 gallons in size or smaller
Lacquers • Latex Paint • Water Based Paint • Acrylic Paint • Oil Based Paint • Paint Removers • Paint Thinners • Turpentine • Varnish • Wood Preservatives • Wood Stains • NOTE: Containers must be 5 gallons in size or smaller
Motor Oil, Gasoline & Filters

Used motor oil and oil filters generated through household use are accepted free for disposal at the Recycling Center.

The used motor oil must be in dumpable containers no larger than five gallons in size.  Do not overfill.

Other items accepted include:

  • Crankcase oil
  • Gasoline
  • Diesel
  • Transmission fluid
  • Power steering fluid
  • Hydraulic fluid
  • Rear end grease

Contaminated oil or brake fluid must be taken to the HHW Facility.

Service stations and oil change businesses also accept oil and filters for proper disposal.

Minnesota Statutes §115A.916 prohibits the disposal of motor oil on land, in the sewer system, or with solid waste. Improper disposal of oil and other automotive lubricants can harm vegetation and pollute water supplies. The prohibition also includes brake fluid, power steering fluid and transmission fluid.


Battery Recycling

Some batteries contain heavy metals and need to be recycled.

Do not toss most batteries in your regular garbage.

See below for a list of batteries that need to be recycled.

Battery Types To Recycle

  • Alkaline, AA, AAA, C and D (Non-Rechargeable) batteries may be disposed of in your regular trash.
  • Button Batteries (wrist watch and hearing aid type) accepted in HHW Facility.
  • Car batteries are accepted at the Recycling Center.
  • Lead Batteries (small, sealed Lead/Pb batteries) accepted in HHW Facility.
  • Lithium Batteries accepted in HHW Facility.
  • Rechargeable Batteries (Ni-Cd, Ni-MH, Li-Ion) accepted in HHW Facility.
  • Bring in ALL Batteries for proper recycling, except the ‘Alkaline’ type batteries.

How are Batteries Recycled?


Unacceptable Items

These items are not accepted at the Pope/Douglas Household Hazardous Waste Facility.

Bulbs and Ballasts Recycling
Ace Hardware (Glenwood) Items Accepted

Ace Hardware in Glenwood has partnered with Pope/Douglas to offer more opportunities.

Pope/Douglas County residents may drop the items off below (at no additional cost) year-round at the Ace Hardware in Glenwood.

Paints/Stains accepted:

  • Interior/Exterior architectural paints: latex, acrylic, water-based, alkyd, oil-based, enamel
  • Deck coatings, floor paints (including elastomeric)
  • Primers, sealers, undercoaters
  • Stains, shellacs, lacquers, varnishes, urethanes (not 2 part)
  • Waterproofing concrete/masonry/wood sealers and repellents (not tar or bitumen-based)
  • Metal coatings, rust preventatives
  • Field and lawn paints

Bulbs accepted:

  • Fluorescent tubes, CFL’s/compact fluorescent screw-in or push-in bulbs, ‘U’ fluorescent bulbs, circular fluorescent bulbs, fluorescent shatter shield bulbs, fluorescent projector bulbs, HID/shop/farm yard bulbs.
  • Bulbs not accepted: incandescent bulbs, auto lamps, LED bulbs or halogen bulbs.

Batteries accepted:

  • Alkaline, AA, AAA, C and D (Non-Rechargeable) batteries may be disposed of in your regular trash.
  • Button (wrist watch and hearing aid type)
  • Car/auto/marine/sealed lead acid
  • Lithium/Lithium-Ion
  • Rechargeable Batteries (Ni-Cd, Ni-MH, Li-Ion)
  • Bring in ALL Batteries for proper recycling, except the ‘Alkaline’ type batteries.

ALL other household hazardous waste items must be brought to the permanent Hazardous Waste Facility in Alexandria or mobile hazardous waste drop off events.

Mobile Drop Off Events

Pope/Douglas Solid Waste operates a mobile household hazardous waste (hhw) collection trailer.  The trailer is used, in conjunction with, community cleanup events that occur in many cities and towns throughout Pope and Douglas Counties.

This is a service that is available to all household residents of Pope and Douglas Counties.

Scheduled Mobile Drop-Off Events

Phone: 320-763-9340
Toll Free: 800-972-6318
Fax: 320-763-9342

2115 Jefferson Street
Alexandria, MN 56308

Office Hours
Monday-Friday 8-12 and 1-4:30
Closed Saturday and Sunday

Recycling Center Hours
Monday-Friday 8-5
Saturday 9-2
Closed Sundays

Hazardous Waste Hours
Monday-Friday 8-12 and 1-4
Closed Saturday and Sunday
No appointment necessary

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