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Liquid paints cannot be placed in household trash for landfill burial. Latex, oil-based and aerosol paints 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 these HHW facilities. Usable paints are placed on shelves at this facility for other adults to take home for reuse free of charge. Businesses are not allowed to bring paints to the HHW facility, but click here for more information on about hazardous waste disposal options for very Small Quanity Generators (VSQG) of hazardous wastes.
If paint is dried it is no longer considered hazardous and may be disposed in household trash. Leave the cover off so the hauler will know the paint is dried. Empty metal paint cans may be recycled with all other cans and bottles in Steele County’s residential curbside and recycling drop off sites. Click here for more information about the County’s Residential Recycling program.
Latex paint may be dried out at home. Line a cardboard box with a heavy duty plastic trash bag, place some kitty litter, sawdust or shredded paper and pour an inch or two of paint in the box at a time. Store in an area away from children and pets, preferably in a garage, screened porch or balcony. When the paint is dried, repeat the process until all paint is dried. Throw the box of dried latex paint in the trash. Oil based paints do not dry out as easily as latex and are potentially flammable, so do not use this home disposal method on oil based paints.
Paint thinner, removers, turpentine, mineral spirits and strippers are considered hazardous. Steele County households may bring these to either the Steele or Rice County Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) facilities for free, proper disposal. Click here for more information about these HHW facilities. Businesses are not allowed to bring paints to the HHW facility. Click here for information about hazardous waste disposal options for Very Small Quantity Generators (VSQG) of hazardous wastes.
Used paint thinner may be recycled at home. Pour the used paint thinner into a glass container with a good seal and label it “paint thinner.” Keep the commercially labeled thinner container for reuse later. Use a glass container to recycle the thinner because it will not degrade and you can see the contents. Let the paint thinner sit for several weeks until all paint particles settle to the bottom. Pour the clean paint thinner off the top into the commercially labeled paint thinner container, leaving the paint sludge behind. This thinner may be reused. Let the bottom paint sludge dry completely by leaving the lid off in a well ventilated area away from children and pets or bring the wet sludge to a HHW facility for disposal. Dried sludge may be placed in the trash.
Steele County’s Residential Recycling Program accepts a wide range of papers for recycling, including newspapers with all inserts, telephone books, magazines and catalogs, office paper, envelopes (including those with cellophane windows), school papers. newsletters, junk mail, hard and soft covered books and box board such as cereal boxes, cake mix boxes, cracker boxes and shoe boxes. Corrugated cardboard is also accepted for recycling, however it must be prepared properly to ensure curbside pick up. Click here for more information about Steele County’s Residential Recycling program.
Pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, rodenticides, fungicides and fertilizers that contain weed killers are accepted from homes in Steele County free of charge. Bring unwanted pesticides to either the Steele or Rice County Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) facilities for free, proper disposal. Click here for more information about the Rice and Steele County HHW facility. Empty pesticide containers from homes can be disposed in household trash, as can empty pesticide containers from businesses, however these must be triple rinsed, with rinse water used up according to label directions in the same way as the rest of the pesticide.
Pesticides: Agricultural and Commercial
Through a partnership with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Steele County is now able to accept up to 100 pounds of agricultural and commercial pesticides from facilities in Steele County free of charge. To ensure good service to all Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) facility visitors, agricultural and commercial pesticides are ONLY accepted by appointment and only during the regular HHW facility operating season (May through September). Click here for more information about the Steele County HHW facilities or call the Steele County Landfill at 507-583-7766 for more information on this waste disposal program or to set up an appointment.
Empty pesticide containers from businesses can be disposed in the trash, however they should be triple rinsed prior to disposal, with rinse water used up according to directions in the same way as the rest of that pesticide.
Bag pet wastes and throw these in the trash. Do not dispose of pet wastes in a storm drain and do not add these wastes to a backyard compost pile.
Phone books are required by Minnesota State law to be recycled. These may be recycled with all other papers in Steele County’s Residential Recycling program. Businesses may drop off phone books at any recycling drop off site in the county if they cannot recycle phone books with other papers at the worksite. Click here for more information about Steele County’s Residential Recycling program.
A good rule of thumb with regards to recycling plastics in Steele County is: “Forget the number - look at the shape. If the container is bottle shaped or has a narrow neck, it is recyclable.” Click here for more information about Steele County’s Residential Recycling program. Plastic bags are not recyclable in Steele County’s Residential Recycling program, however, several larger grocery, discount and retail stores in Steele County accept clean plastic bags with no stickers, papers, plastic handles or strings attached.
Steele County’s Household Hazardous Waste Facility has shelves where used, but usable household products are available for reuse by adults. This includes such items as latex, oil based and aerosol paints, stains, varnishes and automotive products. These are available for people to take home whenever the HHW facility is open during the months of May through September. Click here for more information about hours of the Steele County HHW facility. Call the Steele County Landfill (ph. 507-583-7766) if you wish to verify the availability of a desired product or make an appointment to take household products from the HHW facility on a day or time the HHW facility is not normally open.
Refillable portable propane gas tanks and cylinders are accepted by many propane and LP gas distributors. Look under “gas” in the phone book Yellow Pages for a distributor near you. The small, disposable propane gas cylinders may be thrown in the trash when empty. Some scrap metal salvage dealers accept empty disposable propane cylinders for recycling, but typically the cylinders must be depressurized prior to recycling. Look in the Yellow Pages under “Recycling Services” or “Scrap Metal - Processing and Recycling” for names of facilities and call prior to recycling disposable propane cylinders at a scrap metal facility.
Owatonna Metal Recycling is the one scrap metal dealer in Steele County. Call them at 507-451-1470.