Household Hazardous Waste and Pharmaceuticals

Drop off areas are provided at both the Bemidji and Blackduck Transfer Sites for household hazardous waste.  When trying to determine if a product is classified as household hazardous waste, look for the signal words on the product labels, such as:

1. Caution! mild to moderate

2. Warning! moderate to hazard

3. Danger! extremely flammable, corrosive or highly toxix

4. Poison! Highly toxic

Household hazardous waste items need to be stored carefully following these procedures:

1. Store out of reach of children in a locked cupboard or high shelf

  • 2. Store in a dry place and prevent freezing

3. Store away from heat or flames

4. Keep original label intact on the container

5. Store in the original container

6. Do not ever mix products together

Examples of Household Hazardous Waste


  • Auto batteries, carburetor cleaner, degreasers, fuels, gasoline, oil filters, used antifreeze, used motor oil.

Lawn & Garden

  • Bug Spray, charcoal lighter fluid, fertilizer w/weed killer, insect killer, pool chemicals, roach/ant killer, rodent bait, weed killer.

Household Items

Aerosol products, button batteries, batteries (rechargeable), drain cleaners, fluorescent lights, mothballs, nail polish/remover, oven cleaner, polish w/solvents, spot removers, thermometers (mercury).

Home Improvement

  • Concrete cleaner, driveway sealer, furniture stripper, glue w/solvents/ latex paint, oil based paint, paint remover, paint thinner, roofing tar, stain/varnish, wood preservatives.

Pharmaceuticals and Old Medications

Studies show that medicines flushed down the drain can contaminate our lakes and streams, which can hurt fish and other aquatic wildlife, and end up inour drinking water.

Drop off your old medications in clear zip bags (no bottles) at the Beltrami County Law Enforcement Center, 613 Minnesota Ave NW, Bemidji. 218-333-8130 OR Sanford Health, 1611 Anne St., Bemidji.