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Hazardous Waste



Address: 305 Silver Creek Rd NE, Rochester, MN 55906
Phone: 507 328-7070     Fax: 507 328-7090
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM                                   Facility Hours: Monday - Saturday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
(except for legal holidays)
Email: pwservice@co.olmsted.mn.us

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The first rules about hazardous products are to avoid them if possible, store them properly, and use them for their intended purpose. Generally if a container says "Danger, Caution, Poison, Flammable, Warning, Toxic, Corrosive, Combustible, contains acid, contains lye, contains petroleum distillates, or causes burns to skin," it probably contains hazardous chemicals. Improper use or disposal can be harmful to human health and the environment. 


Olmsted County residents that have unwanted or unusable household hazardous waste (HHW) can bring them to the Hazardous Waste Facility in Rochester. Items accepted at the Hazardous Waste Facility are things like:

  • Paints 
  • Stains
  • Varnishes
  • Household Cleaners
  • Solvents
  • Aerosols
  • Pesticides
  • Mercury products such as thermostats and thermometers
  • Auto, rechargeable and button batteries
  • Used Antifreeze
  • Sharps - Call 507 328-7078 for procedure
  • Special Waste (See below)

Household Hazardous Waste Mobile Collection Days

Mobile collections are scheduled each year in communities around the County.  The 2015 dates and locations are available on the link below.

2015 Household Hazardous Waste Mobile (72 KB)

 Olmsted County Mobile Collections


BRING to Mobile   Collections:                               

DON'T BRING to Mobile Collections:






Empty Containers

Brake Fluid



Fluorescent Tubes

Drain Cleaner/Opener

Medical Wastes

Floor & Furniture Polish 

Propane Tanks(gas cylinders)


Soaps and Detergents (unless a hazard warning is present)

Gas/Diesel Fuel

Unknown Products


Used Oil & Oil Filters

Household Cleaners




Mercury Products


Oven Cleaners


Paint - Latex & Oil Base
Paint Solvents         
Paint Thinners
Photographic Chemicals
Pool Chemicals
Rechargeable Batteries 
Roofing Tar 
Solvent - Based Products 
Toilet Bowl Cleaners  
Transmission Fluid  
Wood Preservatives   




























Mobile collections may be canceled in the case of rain or threatening weather.  NO business or farm waste can be accepted at mobile collections.


Businesses and nonprofit organizations generating less than 220 pounds of hazardous waste per month that are located in southeast Minnesota may participate in the Very Small Quantity Generator (VSQG) program.

The VSQG program was developed to help dispose of small amounts of hazardous waste cost effectively and in compliance with state and federal regulations.

The following is a partial list of acceptable waste:

  • Acids/bases 
  • Adhesives 
  • Aerosols 
  • Batteries 
  • Cleaning agents 
  • Degreasers 
  • Gasoline/fuel
  • Glues 
  • Laboratory waste 
  • Mercuric wastes 
  • Paints (oil, latex) 
  • Pesticides 
  • Photographic wastes 
  • Poisons 
  • Pool chemicals 
  • Resins/epoxies 
  • Solvents/thinners 
  • Strippers 
  • Waste ink 
  • Wood preservatives

To Participate:

  • The business requests information packet from their county or Olmsted County
  • The business sends completed VSQG program application to Olmsted County
  • Olmsted County approves VSQG Program application and develops information required for proper transportation 
  • Olmsted County schedules transportation date and time with business 
  • Transportation of hazardous waste to Olmsted County Hazardous Waste Facility 
  • Olmsted County Hazardous Waste Facility accepts waste and disposal bill is determined 
  • The business is provided with documentation for their records 

Special Waste

Disposal of special wastes are also available free or on a fee-for-service basis for businesses and residents. Some of the items accepted under this program include:

  • agricultural pesticides 
  • antifreeze 
  • asbestos 
  • automotive batteries (FREE) 
  • cell phones (FREE) 
  • filters (oil, gas, transmission) 
  • fluorescent tubes 
  • lithium, mercury, silver oxide batteries (FREE) 
  • PCB ballasts/capacitors

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