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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 (84 KB) by following the VSQG Program Application Instructions (19 KB) and send the completed form by mail, fax, or email to:
Dave VailHazardous Waste Specialist Olmsted County Environmental Resourcesvail.firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
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