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Flood preparation: move items that could become hazardous wastes

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) urges home and business owners to think about potential spring flooding and to walk through the house, garage and sheds to gather up unwanted or expired household products that could become hazardous waste if flooded.

Take batteries, solvents, paints, paint thinners, pesticides, household cleaners and other chemicals that you no longer need to your county's household hazardous waste facility. Store products you plan to keep in a place that is not likely to be flooded. After the flood, any products exposed to floodwaters must be considered contaminated and will need to be disposed of properly. Minnesota residents can find their household hazardous waste facilities at www.pca.state.mn.us/udgx572.

More information about minimizing pollution and health risks from flooding is available on the MPCA's website at www.pca.state.mn.us/hot/floods.html.