A - Z Disposal sub-categories:
Tar and Adhesive Pails
Adhesives, including petroleum based glues, caulking compounds, epoxy resins, pastes, joint fillers, wood putty, spackling compounds, rubber cement and roofing tar, are all considered hazardous products and cannot be placed in household trash for landfill burial. These products 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 products such as the ones listed above are placed on shelves at this facility for other adults to take home for reuse free of charge.
Telephone books are required by 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.
Thermostats and Mercury Thermometers
Most thermostats and thermometers contain mercury, which is considered a hazardous chemical and therefore cannot be disposed in household trash for burial in a landfill. 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 mercury or products containing mercury to the HHW facility. Click here for information about hazardous waste disposal options for Very Small Quantity Generators (VSQG) of hazardous wastes.
If the liquid in the thermometer is red, it is an alcohol thermometer, not a mercury-containing thermometer because mercury is silver in color. These can be safely thrown in the trash.
Tin and steel cans are recyclable in Steele County’s Residential Recycling program. Click here for more information about the County’s Residential Recycling program.
Labels do not need to be removed from tin cans, nor do the cans need to be crushed prior to recycling, however crushing cans saves space in recycling bins and on recycling trucks. Tin/steel containers should be rinsed. Metal lids may also be recycled. Place tin cans with all other types of recyclable cans and bottles; they do not need to be separated.
Tires are required to be recycled by Minnesota law. The Steele County landfill accepts tires for recycling for a small fee based on tire size. Click here for more information about tire recycling at the landfill. Tire dealers also often accept used tires for recycling for a small fee, so check phone book Yellow Pages under “Tire Dealers” for more recycling options.
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Unwanted toilet bowl cleaners 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.
Green and brown treated lumber and plywood must be disposed in the mixed solid waste area of the Steele County Landfill. Click here for information about disposal at the Steele County Landfill and for disposal charges.
Tree Debris and Brush
Minnesota law forbids landfill disposal of tree debris and brush. Owatonna has a yard waste compost site that can be used by anyone; untreated wood waste and brush are accepted for composting for a fee. Click here for more information on Owatonna’s Compost Site. All cities in Steele County have community compost sites and some allow open burning within certain guidelines; call your city office for details. Rural residents must apply for a free annual burn permit from the Steele County Sheriff. Call the Steele County Sheriff’s office at 507-444-3800 or stop by the Law Enforcement Center at 204 E. Pearl St., Owatonna.
TV sets and computer monitors sets are required by Minnesota law to be recycled. These are accepted for recycling at three locations in Steele County and each location sets their own fees. The Steele County Landfill takes these electronics for recycling. Click here for more information on the Steele County Landfill and its fees. Electronics are also accepted for recycling at the Steele County Recycling Center in Owatonna, which is operated by Waste Management. Call 507-456-4894 for more information. The Retrofit Companies in Owatonna (ph. 507-455-2181) also accepts electronics for recycling for a fee. Some large retail stores such as Best Buy also accept electronics and occasionally a special collection is held at a facility. These types of collections are typically announced in the media.