Schools must dispose of hazardous waste according to federal, state and local laws. Waste disposal is determined by the amount of hazardous waste generated each month.
All schools (primary, secondary, and postsecondary educational institutions) follow rules for business hazardous waste.
1. Determine your generator size
Talk to purchasing, production and maintenance personnel and inspect storage areas and dumpsters.
2. Evaluate the wastes
The evaluation process includes seeing if any of the wastes are exempt from the hazardous waste rules, determining if any of the wastes are listed in the hazardous waste rules, and determining if any of the wastes display any of the characteristics of hazardous waste. You may need to have the waste tested. Learn about hazardous waste commonly found in schools.
3. Dispose of the waste properly
Dakota County requires proper management and disposal of hazardous waste.
Medication collection in schools
Discarded pharmaceuticals from schools present risks to human health and the environment if improperly managed. Learn requirements.
Vaping device disposal for schools
Vaping devices, including e-cigarettes, cause fires at recycling and trash facilities. When the heating element is left on, it can reach temperatures of 400 to 600 degrees Fahrenheit.
Keep vaping devices out of the recycling and trash. Bring vaping devices and cartridges to the Recycling Zone without an appointment. Or, ask your hazardous waste transporter for disposal options.