Disposing of wastes from a natural disaster or large fire

debris at transfer station

This webpage provides information about disposal facilities so local government decision-makers can review and plan their disposal options.

Floods, tornadoes, and even large building fires can generate large volumes of unexpected solid waste. To manage, sort, and dispose of this waste, a variety of temporary and permanent disposal facilities may be required.

Although the alternate disposal options for some items will differ from those normally available to you, the MPCA has determined that these temporary options will provide the flexibility and expediency needed to address this issue.

More solid waste contact information is also available at MPCA's county environmental contacts webpage.

Waste categories for community pickup and disposal

If you have significant amounts of waste materials, you can help the collection efforts by separating your flood-damaged materials for community pickup and disposal as specified in the table below. Owners of damaged vehicles should personally arrange for their disposal.

Table 1.  Waste categories for community pickup and disposal

Category
 
Disposal option
 
Demolition debris, building materials, and concrete
 
Demolition landfill
 
Municipal waste, such as food, paper, clothing, household furniture, household waste, trash and asbestos waste.
 
Sanitary landfill
 
Hazardous waste (commercial or household)
 
Household hazardous waste collection facility
 
Tree and brush waste
 
Compost facility
 
Appliances (white goods) and electronics, including washers, dryers, dishwashers, furnaces, microwave ovens, water heaters, televisions and computers
 
Appliance and electronics recycling/disposal site
 
Oil-soaked absorbent pads and other special wastes
 
Local designated collection
 

Waste categories for residential items

The table below lists common household items and their waste categories. These categories may become less restrictive if a major flood, tornado, or other natural disaster occurs. If that happens, additional guidance will be issued.

Table 2. Temporary solid waste categories for residential items

Item
 
Solid waste category
 
Air conditioners
 
Appliances
 
Appliances, portable (e.g., toasters, hotplates, heaters)
 
Municipal waste
 
Books, magazines (not recyclable)
 
Municipal waste
 
Cardboard (not recyclable)
 
Municipal waste
 
Carpeting (if remaining in demolished building)
 
Demolition waste
 
Carpeting (if removed and placed separately for disposal)
 
Municipal waste
 
Clothes dryers, washing machines
 
Appliances
 
Clothing
 
Municipal waste
 
Concrete
 
Demolition waste
 
Food
 
Municipal waste
 
Freezers
 
Appliances
 
Furnaces
 
Appliances
 
Furniture
 
Municipal waste
 
Household pesticides, paints, stains, etc.
 
Household hazardous waste
 
Insulation (non-asbestos)
 
Demolition waste
 
Lumber (treated)
 
Municipal waste
 
Lumber (untreated)
 
Demolition waste
 
Microwave ovens
 
Appliances
 
Powdered detergent
 
Municipal waste
 
Refrigerators
 
Appliances
 
Sheetrock, wallboard
 
Demolition waste
 
Stereos, radios
 
Municipal waste
 
Stoves
 
Appliances
 
Televisions, computers
 
Appliances or Electronics
 
Window glass
 
Demolition waste
 

 

Disposal facilities and transfer stations

Use this interactive map to locate disposal facilities or transfer stations in your area that accept waste.

 

 


Legend for Minnesota debris management sites map

Some counties may have established special procedures and/or temporary storage sites to accommodate the large volumes of damaged materials generated by a natural disaster. So, contact your local emergency operations center (EOC) or solid waste office for disposal facility locations if you plan to haul the flood-damaged materials yourself.

For specific information

Contact your local EOC or your county’s solid waste office. If you don't know the phone number for your local contact, call the MPCA office nearest to you:

  • Brainerd: 218-828-2492
  • Detroit Lakes: 218-847-1519
  • Duluth: 218-723-4660
  • Mankato: 507-389-5977
  • Marshall: 507-537-7146
  • Rochester: 507-285-7343
  • St. Paul: 651-296-6300
  • Willmar: 320-214-3786
  • All offices can be reached toll-free at 1-800-657-3864