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Hazardous Waste

 
 

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. In addition, during the summer months the County conducts mobile collections in outlying communities.

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.

Household Medical Waste

Old and unused prescriptions pose a large, negative impact on the environment. For safe handling of these medications, we provide options to county residents.

Dropoff Locations

We 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
  • 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.

FREEstore

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

PaintCare is a network of paint retailers who will accept old cans of paint for recycling.
Find a drop-off store near you

Contact

Environmental Services 
Solid Waste Division

Virginia, MN
218-749-9703

800-450-9278
Email

All contacts

Hazardous Drop-Off

Regional Landfills

Virginia, MN
Tuesdays and Saturdays,
8am-1pm.  
218-741-8831

Hibbing, MN
Saturdays, 8am-1pm.
218-362-5922

Duluth Area
WLSSD
218-722-3336