A - Z Disposal sub-categories:
Magazines and catalogs are accepted at curbside and at all recycling drop off sites in Steele County. They can be placed in with all other papers, preferably in paper bags, for recycling. Click here for more information about Steele County’s Residential Recycling program.
To make the most of each magazine prior to recycling, think about sharing with friends, neighbors and co-workers or donate to doctors’ or dental offices or nursing homes.
Take full nutrient credits for manure to reduce the need for commercial fertilizers. Incorporate manure in order to recover all of the nitrogen available and reduce the risk of pollution potential. Small hobby and horse farms should consider composting manure. Limit land application of manure on frozen or snow covered soils. Follow appropriate set back distances from water and neighbors. Call the Steele County Planning and Zoning Office at 507-444-7475 for further assistance.
Pet manure or “droppings” can be bagged and thrown in household trash.
This service matches businesses that have unwanted, but usable materials with other businesses that could use those items, such as office furniture, office supplies, cleaning chemicals, pallets, packing peanuts, drums etc. The statewide Materials Exchange uses a computer network to publicize the program and connect waste generators with potential users of the unwanted business materials. For more information, to list materials available or to get information about items desired, log onto the materials exchange website at http://www.mnexchange.org Interested parties may also contact the Southeast Minnesota Recyclers’ Exchange (SEMREX) Executive Director, Sharon Schriever at 507-328-7022.
Unused prescription and non-prescription medications, as well as illegal street drugs, can be safely and anonymously disposed at two locations in Steele County: the Law Enforcement Center at 204 E Pearl Street in Owatonna and the Blooming Prairie City Center. Secure, locked metal boxes are located between the outer and inner doors of the main entrances of the two buildings. These are available for the public to drop off drugs 24 hours a day for proper disposal through the Steele County Sheriff’s office, however sharps and chemotherapy drugs cannot be disposed in these boxes. Do not flush medications down the toilet or a drain, as they can contaminate groundwater and drinking water. Chemotherapy drugs are considered hazardous wastes and should be returned to the hospital or pharmacy where purchased or obtained, as they are extremely toxic. For information on proper disposal of sharps, see instructions under “sharps” elsewhere in this A to Z Disposal Guide.
Thermometers, thermostats, button batteries and other mercury containing items are considered hazardous and must be disposed properly Mercury containing items from Steele County homes should be brought to either the Steele or Rice County Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) facilities for free, proper disposal. Click here for more information about theses HHW facilities.
Businesses should treat any item that contains mercury as a hazardous waste. For more information, visit the MPCA website at http://www.pca.state.mn.us/air/mercury.html Businesses that generate only a small amount of hazardous materials, including mercury, may be eligible for the Very Small Quantity Generator (VSQG) program in Rice County. Call the Rice County Solid Waste Department for more information about the VSQG hazardous waste disposal program at 507-332-6833.
Many types of metals are accepted by scrap metal dealers and recycling centers. Look in the yellow pages under “Recycling Services” or “Scrap Metal - Processing and Recycling.”
Owatonna Metal Recycling is the one scrap metal dealer in Steele County. Call them at 507-451-1470.
Plastic milk jugs and paperboard milk cartons are accepted in Steele County’s Curbside Recycling Program and at all Recycling Drop Off Sites. Click here for more information about the County’s Residential Recycling program.
Empty milk bags should be thrown in the trash.
Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP)
MnTAP is a non-regulatory program based at the University of Minnesota that works with Minnesota businesses providing technical assistance in the areas of pollution prevention, waste management and related environmental protection activities. They have developed or collected materials that businesses can use to reduce waste and emissions based on current industrial practices and available technology. Among their many services are telephone assistance, site visits, technical assistance and referrals. All services are free of charge. For more information, visit MnTAP’s website at http://www.mntap.umn.edu/ or call 1-800-247-0015.