Very Small Quantity Generator (VSQG)

What is the Very Small Quantity Generator (VSQG) Program? 

The VSQG program was developed to help businesses and nonprofit organizations dispose of small amounts of their hazardous waste in compliance with state and federal regulations. This program gives businesses easy access to a cost-effective means of disposal; thereby, avoiding the risks of potential environmental, financial, health and safety problems.


Who can participate? 

Businesses and organizations generating 220 pounds or less of hazardous waste per month and located within the eleven county SE Minnesota region may participate in this program. The region includes: Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Steele, Wabasha, Waseca, and Winona Counties.


How do we get started? 

Businesses fill out a VSQG Program Application (32 KB) by following the VSQG Program Application Instructions (19 KB) and send the completed form by mail, fax, or email to:

Dave Vail
Hazardous Waste Specialist 
Olmsted County Environmental Resources
2122 Campus Drive SE, Suite 200, Rochester, MN 55904 or Fax (507) 328-7090 

If you wish to use the "reuse" option explained in the disposal instructions then please fill out the VSQG Program Reuse Program Waiver Form (25 KB).  If you need assistance, call 507 328-7070.


The next step 

When Olmsted County receives your application, it will be reviewed and approved for disposal at our facility. We will provide instructions on how to safely package, store, transport, and manage your hazardous wastes. A drop-off date and time will be scheduled.


The final step 

Your waste will be transported to the Olmsted County Hazardous Waste Facility at the scheduled drop-off date and time. Olmsted County will accept the waste and a disposal bill will be determined. Along with the bill, you will receive supporting documentation of the transaction for your records.

The following is a partial list of acceptable waste: 

  • Aerosols
  • Paints (oil & latex)
  • Acids and Bases
  • Pesticides
  • Adhesives
  • Photographic Wastes
  • Antifreeze
  • Plating Wastes
  • Batteries
  • Poisons
  • Cleaning Agents
  • Pool Chemicals
  • Degreasers
  • Resins and Epoxies
  • Gasoline/Fuel
  • Solvents/Thinners
  • Glues
  • Strippers
  • Laboratory Wastes
  • Waste Inks
  • Mercuric Wastes
  • Wood Preservatives


Wastes not accepted:


  • Explosives

  • Infectious waste

  • Radioactive waste

  • Gas cylinders




The VSQG program is designed to be more cost effective than traditional methods of disposing of hazardous wastes. A hazardous waste management fee and disposal costs, based on the county's low contract costs, will be charged to VSQG's. Costs are calculated based on type and amount of waste to be disposed according to the Olmsted County Solid Waste Management Fee Schedule (160 KB).

VSQG Program Participation Flowchart


  • Business requests information packet from their county or Olmsted County

  • 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