Hazardous Waste Facility

 
 

See New Facility Hours

(Information updated on 5/21/2020)

Address: 305 Silver Creek Rd NE, Rochester, MN 55906 
Phone: 507 328-7070    Fax: 507 328-7090
Facility Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM 
Department Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (except for holiday closings 160 KB
Email: pwservice@co.olmsted.mn.us
  Fees/Charges (856 KB)  Map

 

Modified Disposal Process

  • All waste items must be in the back of your vehicle (trunk, cargo bed, rear of SUV)

  • Waste items must be accessible by our staff without you getting out of your vehicle

  • Stay in line and wait your turn; stay in your vehicle

  • Drive into the unloading area and turn off your engine; stay in your vehicle 

  • Staff will remove your waste

  • "Very Small Quantity Generators" (VSQG) business waste needs pre-approval by application 

Temporary Hazardous Waste Disposal Fees

Neon Lamps/Broken Lamps = $1.00 per tube

PCB Ballasts (Small) = $3.00 each

PCB Ballasts (Large) = $8.00 each

Lead Paint Chips = $1.00 per cubic foot

Asbestos Containing Material = $10.00 per 30-gallon bag

Antifreeze = $1.00 per gallon 

Fee Payment - Cash or Check Only 

  • The facility will only be able to accept cash or check as payment for items that have a fee 

  • Staff will not be able to provide change or process credit cards

Hazardous Waste Reuse Room 

The Reuse Room is open at a new location in the Quonset hut south of the Compost Site. Follow the entrance to the Compost Site. Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, from 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

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Identifying Hazardous Materials

Look for the following words on the item's label:

  • Danger
  • Poison
  • Flammable
  • Corrosive
  • Warning
  • Toxic
  • Combustible
  • Contains Acid
  • Contains Lye
  • Contains petroleum distillates
  • Causes burns to skin

Improper use or disposal can be harmful to human health and the environment. 

Residents

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

  • 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)

Businesses

Businesses and nonprofit organizations located in Southeast Minnesota generating less than 220 pounds of hazardous waste per month 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.

Special Hazardous Waste

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

  • Agricultural Pesticides (free up to 300 lbs.)
  • Antifreeze
  • Asbestos Containing Materials
  • Automotive Batteries (free) 
  • Button Batteries (free)
  • Cell Phones (free) 
  • Filters (oil, gas, transmission) 
  • Fluorescent Tubes 
  • Lead Paint Chips
  • Lithium, Mercury, Silver Oxide Batteries (free)
  • Metallic Mercury
  • PCB Ballasts/Capacitors
  • Propane Tanks
  • Rechargeable Batteries (free)