Hazardous Waste


Special HHW disposal information following the June flood

Recognizing that paints, stains and other HHW materials are often stored in basements and garages that may have flooded, St. Louis County Environmental Services is expanding its collection services through the end of July.

The HHW Facility in Hibbing will be open Fridays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The HHW at the Regional Landfill in Virginia continues to operate on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.; but is also offering off-hour drop offs by appointment. To schedule a drop off time outside of normal hours, call the Facility at 218-741-8831.

Additionally, four HHW Community Collections have been added to the schedule. Each is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the dates and locations listed:

  • Thursday, July 10, at the Cook Transfer Station
  • Thursday July 18, at the Northwoods (Ely) Transfer Station
  • Wednesday July 24, at the Cook Transfer Station
  • Wednesday July 31, at the Northwoods (Ely) Transfer Station.

St. Louis County offers free disposal for residential or Household Hazardous Wastes, and opportunities for businesses that generate minimal or very small quantities. We also have a product room called our FREEstore where paint and other household products may be picked up free of charge.

In addition to the two permanent Household Hazardous Waste facilities, mobile collections are available throughout the summer at the locations throughout northern St. Louis County.

Household Hazardous Waste

Hazardous wastes from household use may be brought free of charge to two permanent household hazardous waste facilities.

Allowable items include:

Handling HHW

  • Transport in containers that don't leak.
  • Keep in original packaging if possible. If not, label the container with content ingredients.
  • Secure fluorescent lights and glass containers so they do not break and release hazardous vapors in your vehicle.

The following items are also handled differently than your household garbage. Some are collected at several County Solid Waste Facilities.

  • Medical waste (pharmaceuticals and needles)
  • Treated wood is not accepted as demolition material and must go in the garbage.
  • Used car batteries, motor oil and oil filters are collected for recycling at several of our facilities.

Household Medical Waste

Old and unused prescriptions are a threat to our environment, and can lead to accidental poisoning or overdose. For safe handling of these medications, county residents can dispose of household medical wastes at the following locations:

Household Medical Dropoff Locations

Locations accept:

  • Prescription medications in any form from households.
  • Pills and capsules
  • Blister packs
  • Creams and gels
  • Inhalers
  • IV bags
  • Liquids
  • Patches
  • Powders
  • Sprays
  • Vials

Not accepted:

  • Needles
  • Syringes
  • Lancets
  • Thermometers (accepted at Household hazardous waste facility.  Please bag first)
  • Medications from businesses

Preparing for Drop Off

  • Medications may be kept in original container.
  • Customers name may be crossed off if customer desires.
  • Drop-offs are anonymous.

Non-residential & Business Hazardous Waste

Hazardous wastes from businesses, non-profits, schools and farms are not accepted in the household program. B-CLEAN Business Hazardous Waste: the St. Louis County Environmental Services Department will provide hazardous waste disposal opportunities on the Range for Very Small Quantity Generator (VSQG) businesses. VSQG generators are businesses, schools, non-profits and commercial farms which monthly generate less than 220 pounds of hazardous waste materials. Call B-CLEAN at least one week in advance for an appointment at (218) 741-8831.

Another alternative disposal site that would facilitate hazardous wastes from businesses would be the Clean Shop Program in Duluth. Call 218-726-1602 for more information or go to the Clean Shop web site.


Free paint, automotive products, cleaners and other perfectly good pre-owned stuff.
Residents only, 18+.

5345 Regional Landfill Rd.
Virginia, MN
Hours: Tues & Sat 8am - 1pm


Old Paint and the PaintCare Recycling Program

PaintCare is a network of paint retailers who will accept old cans of paint from residence and businesses for recycling.

In addition to County Household Hazardous Waste Locations, Find a drop-off store near you

More information on the PaintCare Program.


Environmental Services 
Solid Waste Service Area

Virginia, MN

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Out of Service Area
Western Lake Superior Sanitary District (WLSSD)

Hazardous Drop-Off

Regional Landfill
5345 Regional Landfill Rd.
Virginia, MN
Tuesdays and Saturdays,


Hibbing Transfer Station
3994 Landfill Rd.
g, MN
Saturdays, 8am-1pm.


Duluth Area

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