Hazardous Waste Disposal:
Businesses (Clean Shop)
Clean Shop is a program of the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District
designed to help small businesses and organizations find responsible and
cost-effective ways to dispose of very small quantities of hazardous waste.
Small as the individual amounts are, collectively they constitute a big problem. The Clean Shop aims to eliminate this major source of hazardous materials from our region's waste stream.
Who can participate in the Clean Shop program?
Any business or organization in Northeastern Minnesota that is licensed as a Very Small Quantity Generator (VSQG) of hazardous waste can participate. Clean Shop participants can dispose of up to 220 pounds of hazardous waste per month through this program. Clean Shop staff can help your business to get a license if you don't already have one. Review the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency "10 Steps to Compliance" fact sheets to understand business hazardous waste requirements.
How do businesses get started?
Contact the Clean Shop at firstname.lastname@example.org or (218) 726-1602 to request an application (or print a copy of the pdf listed below). After you have returned the completed application, you will be contacted by Clean Shop staff who will schedule a delivery time and assist you with any additional forms, if required. You will also receive an informational packet containing instructions on how to safely package and transport your waste to the Hazardous Waste Facility. Waste is accepted by prior application only. Approval is required before delivery.
Clean Shop Costs:
- Administrative Fee of $25 will be charged for each scheduled appointment
- Waste Disposal Fees vary depending upon type of material (Example: solvents $1.40/ gallon, Poisons $1.80/pound)
Wastes Accepted Through the Clean Shop Program
Acids and bases
Fluorescent light bulbs
Paints and paint-related products
Resins and epoxies
Solvents, thinners and strippers
(Not an all-inclusive list of what Clean Shop can accept. Call Clean Shop at (218) 726-1602 with questions about your specific waste items.)