This licensing schedule applies to VSQGs, SQGs and LQGs. To be eligible to receive a Hennepin County hazardous waste generator license that is effective on May 1, you must:
- Submit a hazardous waste management plan summary
- Pay your license fee
Once a license has been created for eligible generators, the portal administrator will receive an email from Hennepin County with instructions on logging into the hazardous waste portal and printing the license.
Important licensing dates
The license period runs from May 1 of the license year through April 30 of the following year. The following is the licensing process and important dates for each year:
- Late October or early November: Portal administrators will receive an email from Hennepin County with instructions to log into the hazardous waste portal and review/update and electronically submit their annual license renewal application (hazardous waste management plan summary or MPS).
- December 15: Hazardous waste management plan summaries (MPS) are due.
- Late February: Invoices are created. Once an invoice is created, the invoice and invoice payment status can be immediately viewed in the hazardous waste portal. A paper copy of the invoice will also be mailed to the mailing contact. A courtesy reminder email will be sent to the portal administrator before the license payment due date if the payment has not been posted.
- March 31: Hazardous waste license payments are due.
- Beginning in mid-April: Generator licenses are created for eligible generators. Once created, the portal administrator will be notified via email that their license can be printed from the hazardous waste portal. To become eligible to receive a generator license, both the MPS and license payment must have been received. Payments require 14 days to clear the bank before the eligibility begins. The following is a guide to when licenses will be available based on when your payment is posted:
- Payment posted on or before March 31: license created mid-April
- Payment posted April 1 to 16: License created first working day in May
- Payment posted April 17 to May 16: License created first working day in June
- Payment posted after May 16: Licenses continue to be created for eligible generators on the first working day of each subsequent month
License fees are based on your generator size and the amount of waste generated the previous calendar year.
All hazardous waste generators must pay the base fee designated for their generator size. Large quantity generators (LQGs) and small quantity generators (SQGs) also must pay applicable volume fees. Very small quantity generators (VSQGs) and minimal generators do not pay additional volume fees.
If you have questions about your bill summary, contact APEX Accounts Receivable at 612-543-1263. If you have questions about your hazardous waste management plan summary, call 612-348-3777 and ask for the environmental-specialist-on-call.
Base fee (applies to all generators)
- Minimal generator: $0
- VSQG (less than or equal to 100 lbs/year): $61
- VSQG (101 - 1,000 lbs/year): $243
- VSQG (greater than 1,000 lbs/year): $364
- SQG (less than or equal to 5,000 lbs/yr): $485
- SQG (greater than 5,000 lbs/yr): $728
- LQG: $1,820
Volume fee (applies to all billable hazardous wastes generated by SQGs and LQGs)
Applies to hazardous waste that is: accumulated on site, shipped off-site using a manifest, managed under a tolling agreement and waste that is sewered without treatment.
Applies to feedstocks and byproducts managed under an approved feedstock or byproduct management plan and sewered hazardous wastes that have been excluded from generator size determination pursuant to Minn. Rule 7045.0305 subp. 2.
All wastes reported in gallons will be converted to pounds using the factor 1 gallon = 10 pounds.
Universal wastes, special wastes, used oil, oil filters and absorbents with oil are not included in determining generator size or in determining volume fees.
Reducing your hazardous waste fees
Businesses can reduce hazardous waste fees by reducing the amount of hazardous waste they produce. Many businesses have been able to reduce their license fees by implementing changes in their processes, equipment or products used. For more information on how to do this and, for technical assistance, see pollution prevention and waste reduction programs.