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Hazardous Waste
Guidelines for Hazardous Waste Generators and Facilities
The Department of Public Health and Environment licenses hazardous waste  generators and facilities in order to protect the environment and people from exposure to hazardous materials. The regulations are outlined in the Washington County Hazardous Waste Ordinance #195 and Minnesota Rules, Chapter 7045.

Report hazardous waste and oil spills to the Minnesota Duty Officer 24-hours a day at 651-649-5451 or toll free at 800-422-0798. 

Apply for a Hazardous Waste Generator License
A hazardous waste generator is a business or other non-household entity that generates hazardous waste. To find out if your business needs a license, view the Basic Hazardous Waste Requirements for Businesses from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. Steps to applying are as follows:

Forms for Hazardous Waste Generators

Apply for a Hazardous Waste Facility License
A hazardous waste facility is any site where activities may include the treatment, storage, disposal, transfer, resource recovery, recycling, depositing, accumulation, reclamation, or other handling of hazardous waste. This also includes recycling and processing of waste lamps containing mercury, used oil, and used oil filters. For more information on the regulations, view the state facility standards listed in Minnesota Rules Chapter 7045.

Very Small Quantity Generator (VSQG) Disposal Program
The department offers a disposal option for businesses. To participate, your business must be located in the county, generate less than 220 pounds of hazardous waste per month, and have a hazardous waste management plan on file with the department. If you want more information or want to participate, contact the department.

Report a Concern
To report a concern or complaint about a possible environmental hazard, go to Report a Concern and submit the information. Your report will go directly to the department for follow-up.

Public Health and Environment
Ph: 651-430-6655

Application Drop-Off Locations
Cottage Grove
Forest Lake
Stillwater - Room 4600