Low Volume Hazardous Waste Disposal for Businesses

When you think of businesses that produce hazardous waste, it's likely large companies with large amounts of hazardous waste come to mind. But some businesses only deal with occasional hazardous waste, such as a few cans of paint, or a five-gallon pail of solvent. 
Businesses with small amounts of hazardous waste, known as Very Small Quantity Generators (VSQGs), may deliver their hazardous waste in their vehicles to a licensed collection program.
This allows participating businesses to regularly dispose of small quantities of hazardous waste, rather than accumulating it over a long period. In 2020, Ramsey County's VSQG program collected about 44,500 pounds of waste in deliveries from about 65 companies.
More than 300 businesses made a total of 552 deliveries through the VSQG program between 2013 and 2020. 
Ramsey County's VSQG program provides a convenient, cost-effective option for hazardous waste to be disposed of safely, protecting the health of the people and environment around participating businesses. 
Find more information about the VSQG program here.

Ramsey County's VSQG program helped businesses safely dispose of 221,523 pounds of hazardous waste since the program started in 2013. This is waste that is no longer sitting in small businesses in Ramsey County neighborhoods, waiting to be disposed. 
This includes items such as:
  • Aerosols.
  • Batteries.
  • Fluorescent lamps and ballasts.
  • Corrosives, poisons, pesticides, flammables
  • Latex and oil-based paints.
  • Vehicle fluids, like fuels, antifreeze, used oil and related wastes.

An assortment of old batteries.
Participating Ramsey County businesses must meet certain qualifications.
Businesses using this program must schedule an appointment before dropping off waste at the county's year-round collection site located at 5 Empire Drive in Saint Paul. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call 651-291-3451.

Ramsey County offers free training to increase businesses' knowledge of hazardous waste rules and help identify waste reduction opportunities. Contact the Ramsey County Business Waste Assistance Program (651-266-1199) for free, non-regulatory training and technical assistance covering hazardous waste compliance topics.