Methamphetamine and Meth Labs
Meth Lab Cleanup

Meth manufacturing, commonly named "cooking", leaves behind 5 to 7 pounds of chemical waste for each pound of meth that is made. These byproducts are considered hazardous waste. Therefore, the clean-up is subject, not only to local ordinances, but also to Minnesota hazardous waste rules.

Clandestine Drug Lab Cleanup Guidelines

If a property has been determined to be a meth lab, the Cleanup Guidelines below are recommended for use to remediate or cleanup a property.  The guidance contains information about identification of a meth lab, recommended cleanup procedures, and meth property testing information. 


The Minnesota Department of Health has the responsibility to maintain guidance for meth lab cleanup. 

A revised version of the Clandestine Drug Lab Cleanup Guidance (Cleanup Guidance) and Clandestine Lab Contractors' Procedural Report (Contractors' Report) has been published and is effective as of October 2010. 

The 2010 guidance now includes a way to evaluate whether the residue from meth presents a health hazard in a residence.

Clandestine Drug Lab Cleanup Guidance,
September 2010 version (PDF: 284KB/63 pages)

Clandestine Lab Contractors’ Procedural Report,
September 2010 version (PDF: 105KB/22 pages)


See our pages concerning Meth Property Testing, First Responders, and Roadside Cleanup for specific information on these topics.

Updated Friday, 02-Aug-2013 11:35:02 CDT