Very Small Quantity Generator (VSQG) collection programs offer a valuable option for businesses and organizations to manage small quantities of hazardous waste. VSQG programs are designed to provide a convenient, safe and economical means to dispose of hazardous waste on a regular basis, thus preventing extended storage of materials on site. With prior approval, eligible generators may transport waste in their own vehicle to the facilities listed below.
To participate in the VSQG collection programs listed below, your business:
- May need to have, or apply for, a hazardous waste identification number (formerly a U.S. EPA ID) from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA). For more information, see the publication - Obtaining a Waste ID Number.
- Must generate 220 pounds or less (approximately half a drum) of hazardous waste per month. However, businesses generating as little as 1 kilogram of acute hazardous waste must follow the requirements of a Large Quantity Generator (LQG).
- Must follow Minnesota Department of Transportation hazardous materials transportation guidelines related to the use of proper containers and labeling.
Each VSQG collection program has different requirements. Contact the program first to obtain detailed information about application forms, transportation guidelines, program fees and other requirements. Participants must schedule an appointment.
VSQG Collection Programs
Carver County VSQG Collection Program (Businesses located in any county)
Chaska (952) 361-1836
Dakota County VSQG Collection Program (Businesses located in any county)
Eagan (952) 891-7557
Ramsey County VSQG Collection Program (Ramsey County businesses only)
St. Paul (651) 783-6389
Stericycle Special Waste Disposal, Inc
Blaine (612) 285-9865
Washington County VSQG Program (Washington County businesses only)
Woodbury (651) 430-6655
For information on VSQG collection sites in non-metropolitan counties, see the MPCA Fact Sheet: VSQG Hazardous Waste Collection Program or call (651) 296-6300 or 800-657-3864. See Hazardous Waste Brokers, Transporters and Disposal Facilities for businesses that offer services to help companies and organizations properly dispose of hazardous waste.
The following MPCA fact sheets are available:
- VSQG Collection Program Requirements for Generators
- Starting a Very Small Quantity Generator Hazardous Waste Collection Program
- Transportation Guidelines for VSQG Collection Programs