Ask the MPCA features questions Minnesotans have asked us, on the issues the agency works on, from waste disposal, water and air quality, and chemicals in products to recycling and reuse, contaminated sites, and septic systems. If you have a question for MPCA staff, submit it via the Ask MPCA online form.
We’re a landscaping company, and we have some chemicals that we need to dispose of. Who should we contact or where can we safely dispose of our chemicals?
You are not alone! Lots of businesses handle hazardous waste as part of their work. Hazardous wastes are materials that present risks to public health or the environment if they aren't managed properly. Learn more about which wastes are considered hazardous:
In Minnesota, commercial entities that produce any amount of hazardous waste are regulated as hazardous-waste "generators," and must follow rules for the waste's treatment, storage, and disposal.
Businesses that generate 100 kilograms (220 pounds or about 22 gallons) or less of hazardous waste per month are known as very small quantity generators and can transport the waste to specific sites. The sites charge disposal fees, but are generally less expensive to use than services that pick up hazardous waste from your site. Learn how to use the very small quantity generator collection program and find collection sites near you:
For business that generate higher quantities of hazardous waste, we've outlined the requirements for complying with state and federal regulations in our 10+ steps to compliance process:
The information is also available through narrated videos on the Hazardous waste training page.