Most businesses in Dakota County generate hazardous waste including items like light bulbs, batteries, paint and more. All generators of hazardous waste, including home-based businesses, must be licensed by Dakota County. For information about the Dakota County Ordinance No. 111--Hazardous Waste Regulation, as well as hazardous waste generator licensing and disposal resources, visit www.co.dakotacounty.mn.us and search ordinances.
Very Small Quantity Generator (VSQG) Program
For businesses that produce less than 220 pounds or about 22 gallons per month, Dakota County offers the Very Small Quantity Generator program. More than 90% of businesses qualify as a VSQG. To apply, visit the Dakota County VSQG site and submit an application online.
Other disposal resources
The Hennepin County hazardous waste disposal fact sheet lists business in the Twin Cities that help businesses dispose of hazardous waste.
Other Dakota County programs
Dakota County offers recycling grants of up to $10,000 for businesses looking to start or improve recycling, and/or start organics recovery. To see if your business is eligible, visit our Dakota County Program Guide and fill out the short online questionnaire.