Household Hazardous Waste

If the label says poison, toxic, danger, flammable, or keep out of reach of children, it is likely considered to be a Household Hazardous Material. These things are usually found in your garage or under your kitchen sink.

The Iowa DNR has a website with comprehensive information about Household Hazardous Materials.


Examples of common Household Hazardous Materials we will accept:

  • Mouse poison, gopher pellets, insecticides, weed killers
  • oven cleaners, drain openers, solvents, strippers
  • pool chemicals
  • thermostats, thermometers
  • adhesives
  • fluorescent light bulbs
  • aerosol cans, propane tanks
  • motor oil, antifreeze

Things we do NOT accept:

  • Latex/Water based paint is not a hazardous material, dry it up and throw it in the trash.  Recycle the metal or plastic can when it is dry.
  • Alkaline batteries (single use batteries) are not hazardous. Throw them in the trash.
  • Medical waste and pharmaceuticals-consult your pharmacy or health care provider or Winneshiek County Public Health

The Iowa DNR has a Household Hazardous Materials website.