Hazardous Waste Facility


The Facility Is Currently Closed Until Monday, May 4, due to the County Health Emergency related to COVID-19.

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: Closed Until Further Notice
(except for holiday closings 160 KB
Email: pwservice@co.olmsted.mn.us
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The Reuse Room at the facility will be closed until further notice, in an effort to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus. 

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. 


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 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)