Hazardous Waste Programs

Household Hazardous Waste

Household Hazardous Waste Building

Phone: 218-846-7310


Bring household hazardous waste to the Transfer Station:
Mon-Fri: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday: 8:00 AM - Noon


3 Miles North of Detroit Lakes on Highway 59, & 1/4 Mile West on County Road 144.

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Acceptable Items:

  • Paints
  • Stains
  • Varnishes
  • Solvents
  • Garden pesticides
  • Flammable products
  • Poisons
  • Adhesives
  • Aerosol cans
  • Lawn care products
  • Cleaners
  • Automotive chemicals

Unacceptable Items:

  • No empty containers
  • Business waste accepted by appointment only. Call 218-846-7310
  • Agricultural or Business pesticides/herbicides by appointment only.
  • Motor oil can be taken to the Transfer Station

Business Hazardous Waste & VSQG Program

This program gives businesses easy access to a cost-effective means of disposal, avoiding risks of potential environmental, financial, health and safety problems.

A Very Small Quantity Generator (VSQG) does not signify the size of the company/institution, but refers to the amount of hazardous waste generated.

  • This program will accept up to 2,200 pounds each year of hazardous waste from VSQG's. In order to qualify, you must generate less than 220 pounds of hazardous waste per month and have a valid generator identification number.
  • For businesses with accumulated wastes, there is a one-time cleanout allowance
  • Wastes accepted by appointment only

The Becker County VSQG Program will help you:

  1. Dispose of hazardous waste safely
  2. Dispose of hazardous waste affordably

Becker County can assist in the entire process:

  • We can help you apply for a State hazardous waste identification number if needed.
  • We will provide an information packet and application form for your use.
  • We will provide guidelines and labels for your business to dispose of waste safely.
  • We will set up an appointment for drop-off; waste will not be accepted without appointment.
  • Payment must be cash or check at the time of drop off unless prior charge account approval has been set up with Becker County Environmental Services.

A partial list of hazardous wastes accepted from a Very Small Quantity Generator:

  • Aerosols
  • Acids and Bases
  • Adhesives/Glues
  • Antifreeze
  • Batteries
  • Cleaning Agents
  • Degreasers
  • Fuels
  • Paints (oil and latex)
  • Paint related products
  • Pesticides
  • Poisons
  • Resin/epoxies
  • Strippers
  • Solvents
  • Thinners
  • Wood preservatives
  • Waste inks
  • other

Wastes NOT accepted:

Infectious Wastes
Radioactive Wastes
Gas Cylinders

Generator Size - to use this Licensed Very Small Quantity Generator (VSQG) Consolidation Program, your business must qualify as one of the following:

  • Very Small Quantity Generator (VSQG): generates less than 220 pounds (or 22 gallons liquid) of non-acute hazardous waste per calendar month.
  • Minimal Quantity Generator (MQG): generates less than 100 pounds (or 10 gallons liquid) of hazardous waste per calendar year.
  • One-time generator (OTG): generates and dispose of less than 2,200 pound of hazardous waste as a one-time clean out. Your business no longer generates hazardous waste in its normal business processes.

Residential and Agricultural Waste Pesticide Collection

Becker County is part of the MN Department of Agriculture Clean Sweep Program.

* No pre-registration is required.

  • How does the Clean Sweep Program work?

    Residential and Agricultural Collection of Waste pesticides; your county may have MDA collection events, local household hazardous waste events or collections at your local Household Hazardous Waste Facility. Bring the waste pesticide to a collection point. The waste pesticides will be unloaded from your vehicle by persons trained to handle waste pesticides.

  • Who can participate?

    Minnesota residents who are farmers, households, commercial pesticide applicators, golf courses, lawn care companies, structural pest control operators and other pesticide end users may bring waste pesticides to a Waste Pesticide Collection.

  • What is the cost?

    There is no cost to participate. (Program costs are paid by pesticide registration fees.)

  • What is collected?

    Unwanted, unusable pesticides including: insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, rodenticides (rat poisons) and other pesticides. Liquids, granulars, powders, baits, paste and aerosol formulations are accepted.

  • What's not accepted?

    Pesticide rinsate, tank mix, crop oils, adjuvants, fertilizer, treated seed, contaminated soil and empty containers.