Items we accept
The following items are typical materials accepted at the city's household hazardous waste facility. For business waste, please call (701) 281-8915 for more information.
Adhesives and Sealants
This includes roofing cement, carpet and tile adhesive, grout and window sealants (caulking), wallpaper paste, rubber cement, PVC pipe adhesive, plumber's putty, spray adhesive, wood glue and more.
This includes used motor oil, drained oil filters, used antifreeze (the first three are all recycled locally!), windshield washer fluid, brake fluid, body filler, gasket sealant, car polish/wax, automatic transmission fluid, gasoline, car and boat batteries, battery acid, and more. Check out some Fact Sheets on gasoline, motor oil and batteries on the MOEA's Web site (see "In the Garage" section).
Nickel-cadmium (Ni-Cd—rechargeable batteries often found in cellular phones, video cameras, power packs, etc.) and lithium batteries (from cameras) can be brought to the HHW facility
Corrosives and Caustics
This includes battery acid, muriatic acid, rust remover, drain cleaner and quick lime. These products can cause severe skin damage and blindness. Please handle with care!
This includes bathroom cleaners, drain and oven cleaners, floor cleaners/waxes/polishes, deck wash, furniture and shoe polish, leather protectant, and more. These can be liquid, solid or in aerosol cans.
Computers and Misc. Electronics
This includes monitors, drives, keyboards, mouse, VCRs, TVs, fax machines and more. Single residential units only; businesses should call (701) 281-8915 for proper disposal options. Learn about other ways to dispose of your electronics.
This includes gasoline, kerosene, nail polish/nail polish remover, lamp oil, gas-line antifreeze, paint thinner, xylene, solvents, oil-based paints and more.
Fluorescent Bulbs and Ballasts
This includes 4-foot and 8-foot fluorescent tubes (as well as smaller 1-2 ft. tubes), U-bends or circular, mercury vapor bulbs (HID), ballasts and more. Fluorescent bulbs contain mercury - please handle with care or they can explode when broken. It is interesting to note that in 1985, the typical four-foot-long fluorescent tube contained about 45-50 mg of mercury. Now the typical four-foot-long fluorescent tube contains approximately 7-10 mg. Producers have been working to reduce the amount of mercury in all types of fluorescent lights, yet maintain longevity. Mercury vapor is used in fluorescent tubes to make light. For ballasts, if they say, "No PCB's", they can be thrown in the regular garbage. If it does not state this, we assume it contains PCB's (which are harmful to the environment); therefore, please bring them to the HHW building. Replace bulbs with more energy efficient (earth-friendly) CFL bulbs (or see this PDF document).
Mercury and Mercury-Containing Products
This includes thermometers, thermostats, blood pressure coughs and other items. Has your mercury thermometer broken? Spills should be cleaned up immediately and carefully to reduce exposure to mercury in the air. please visit the link on the left for more information about mercury disposal.
Paint and Related Products
This includes latex paint, oil-based paint, stains, varnish, polyurethane, sanding sealer, thinner, stripper, spray paint, craft paint, and more. Wood preservatives can contain dioxins and are toxic. Some paints contain lead or mercury for fungicide control. Paint products such as strippers, rust paints, stains and finishes may be flammable and toxic and may contain methylene chloride, toluene, petroleum distillates, methyl ethyl ketone, xylene, chlorinated phenols and halogenated hydrocarbons. Find out how to reduce paint waste, visit the National Paint and Coatings Association's Web site. If latex paint (water based) is already dried out (or solidified with sand or cat litter) it can be placed in your regular household garbage (lids off so the driver knows there is not liquid in it).
Pesticides, Insecticides and Fertilizers
This includes ant, roach and hornet sprays/traps, mole poison, rose dust, 2-4 D, Round-Up, Chlordane, DDT, weed killer, lawn, plant, garden and flower fertilizers, animal care products and more. There are many banned and restricted pesticides residing in sheds, garages and under kitchen sinks. They contain heavy metals or chlorinated hydrocarbons and can be highly toxic. The Environmental Protection Agency has banned/is phasing out the following pesticides: Dursban and Diazinon. The Department of Agriculture holds Pesticide Safe Send (pesticide collections) each summer throughout North Dakota. Call 1-800-242-7535 for dates and locations, or visit the department's Web site.
This includes pool chemicals, roof or foundation coatings, joint compound, chemistry sets and photographic hobby chemicals. These chemicals may be unstable and photo developers and fixers are corrosive. Smoke detectors can be thrown in the garbage (or call the HHW building; they have a list of manufacturers with contact information for recycling).
For more information, please call the Household Hazardous Waste Facility at (701) 281-8915.