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Construction and Demolition

Construction and Demolition Material Disposal

The County's existing program includes 10 collection locations to ensure
that demolition materials management capacity is available for all residents within our Solid Waste Management Area.

The 10 demolition waste collection locations take in material consisting of debris which is defined as "solid waste resulting from the demolition of buildings, roads, and other man-made structures including concrete, brick, bituminous, untreated wood, masonry, and glass or plastic building parts."  For a partial list of acceptable and unacceptable demolition waste click HERE.

Some locations have different standards or collection techniques that restrict the disposal of larger loads.  Please refer to our Large Load Acceptance Policy for complete information.  If you are still unsure of how large a load you may bring to the site nearest you call the number listed on our Facilities Services Information Sheet.

Many opportunities exist to recycle components of construction and demolition wastes.  All of our transfer station locations include voluntary separation of recyclable waste including concrete, brick and blacktop that is eventually crushed and utilized as aggregate material.  Some locations accept separated 'tear-off' shingle waste that is recycled into aggregate or incorporated into new blacktop.

Other locations have a re-use shed that customers could choose to bring sorted, reusable items such as cabinets, doors and windows.  These items can be picked up free of charge when a waiver is signed at the site.

Customers also have the opportunity to separate waste components such as scrap metal, cardboard and brush and branches that might be mixed in the loads.  Those items are accepted free at some of our locations.

If you are deconstructing or demolishing a building you must first remove all unacceptable wastes including asbestos, thermostats, appliances and other hazardous materials.  Click HERE for a sample list.

Asbestos is only accepted at the Regional Landfill and requires special handling for removal and transporting.  You must also call 741-8207 at least 24 hours in advance of disposal.

The Facilities Services information sheet shows where materials other than demolition wastes may be brought in St. Louis County.

Demolition of a commercial building requires notification to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency a minimum of 10 days prior to starting the work.  Click HERE for a link to the MPCA web page for PRe-Demolition checklist and guide, Notification of Intent to Perform a Demolition and other information about deconstruction, salvaging and demolition.
Kitchen deconstruction project

St. Louis County Environmental Services Department
307 First St. S., Ste. 115
Virginia, Minnesota  55792
e-mail: esdinfo@stlouiscountymn.gov
1-800-450-9278