Hazardous Waste Facility


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 holiday closings)
Email: pwservice@co.olmsted.mn.us

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As a general rule, avoid hazardous materials if possible.  If you must use them, remember to store them properly, and use them for their intended purpose.  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 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 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 
  • Antifreeze 
  • Asbestos 
  • Automotive Batteries (free) 
  • Cell Phones (free) 
  • Filters (oil, gas, transmission) 
  • Fluorescent Tubes 
  • Lithium, Mercury, Silver Oxide Batteries (free) 
  • PCB Ballasts/Capacitors