Very Small Quantity Generator Collection Program

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Businesses that generate very small quantities of hazardous waste can participate in the Very Small Quantity Generator (VSQG) Collection Program. This allows eligible participants to regularly dispose of small quantities of waste rather than accumulate it over a long time period. Although program participants pay disposal charges, the program is intended to provide a convenient, cost-effective disposal option.

Bay West is contracted by Ramsey County to manage all hazardous waste collected through this program according to all applicable regulations. Participants in this program drop off their waste at Bay West. Hazardous waste is managed through state of Minnesota contracted vendors. Certain universal hazardous waste is recycled through other reputable vendors for recycling.

Please contact Ramsey County at 651-266-1199 for more information about management of wastes accepted through the VSQG program.

Eligible businesses

  • Must be located in Ramsey County.
  • Must be currently licensed or in the process of being licensed as a VSQG (producing 100 kg or less (220 pounds or about 22.5 gallons) per month of hazardous waste
  • OR Participating in a one-time clean out of less than 2,200 pounds (about 220 gallons) of hazardous waste.
  • More information about licensing.

What do I need to do before I drop off my waste?

Transportation guidelines

Collection site hours and location

Waste is accepted by appointment only (closed Mondays).

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Collection site Days & Hours

Year-round site

Bay West
5 Empire Dr., St. Paul

April- November
Tuesday - Friday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Friday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Closed  Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Friday after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.