Hazardous waste training and resources

Hennepin County offers training, tips, templates and resources to help hazardous waste generators achieve compliance with hazardous waste regulations.

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Online Hazardous Waste Generator Training

The online training for hazardous waste generators is designed to give a general overview of the hazardous waste regulations for all size generators. There is an option to print the slides for each step before you review them.

The training sections are broken into six steps. Click the links below to launch the course. After each course, a certificate of completion will be available to download and print for your records. 

Introduction (approx. 7 min.)

Step 1: Evaluate your waste and determine your generator size (approx. 34 min.)

Step 2: Notification and licensing (approx. 13 min.)

Step 3: Storage (approx. 34 min.)

Step 4: Transport and disposal (approx. 35 min.)

Step 5A: Emergency prevention planning and training (for all sizes) (approx. 14 min.)

Step 5B: Emergency prevention planning and training (SQG & LQG requirements) (approx. 25 min.)

If you would like to provide feedback on the training, please email diane.maltby@hennepin.us.

Generator newsletter

The Generator Newsletter is sent to hazardous waste generators in Hennepin County twice a year. The newsletter includes tips on hazardous waste management, disposal information, enforcement and no violation summaries and information about additional resources.

Fall 2016 issue

Fall 2016 Hazardous Waste Generator Newsletter

  • Potential New Superfund site in Bloomington—Chlorinated Solvents at fault
  • Most common hazardous waste rule violations
  • 58 generators without a violation
  • Enforcement outcomes
  • Proposed fee schedule modifications for 2017
  • Hazardous waste conference
  • Manifest requirement changes
  • MnTAP interns present project findings
  • Subscribe to the hazardous waste licensing schedule iCalendar feed

Spring 2016 issue

Spring 2016 Hazardous Waste Generator Newsletter 

  • Manifest requirement changes 
  • Moves, closures, and ownership changes
  • MPCA offers small business grants to reduce air emissions 
  • 22 generators without a violation
  • Enforcement outcomes 
  • Download and print your license
  • Subscribe to the hazardous waste licensing schedule iCalendar feed
  • Hazardous waste generator training now offered online 
  • Updated hazardous waste disposal companies information 

Winter 2016 issue

Winter 2016 Hazardous Waste Generator Newsletter

  • Deadline to submit management plan summaries extended
  • Hazardous waste generator training now offered online
  • State launches new process for hazardous waste identification numbers
  • Recognizing generators with no violations
  • Enforcement outcomes
  • Minnesota rule updates
  • Use and distribution of lead and mercury wheel weights banned in Minnesota
  • Reducing VOC emissions will help keep Minnesota in compliance with stricter ozone pollution standards
  • Businesses required to recycle starting in 2016
  • Free energy and waste-reduction assessments available
  • MnTAP interns help businesses conserve resources and save money

Spring 2015 issue

Spring 2015 Hazardous Waste Generator Newsletter

  • Welcome to the e-newsletter version of the generator newsletter
  • Download and print your license
  • Being prepared for hazardous waste inspections
  • Reduce your VOC emissions
  • Funding available for businesses to improve recycling
  • Training opportunities
  • Updated publications to help your business
  • Enforcement outcomes
  • Recognizing generators with no violations

Fall 2013 issue

Fall 2013 Hazardous Waste Generator newsletter (PDF)

  • Generator licensing and reporting moving to online portal
  • A guide to evaluating your wastes
  • Business recycling grants available
  • MnTAP interns help business reduce waste, conserve energy
  • Enforcement outcomes 
  • Recognizing generators with no violations
  • Join the safer chemistry challenge
  • Sign up for the Green Biz Bulletin
  • Hazardous waste training
  • Resources

Summer 2012 issue

Summer 2012 Hazardous Waste Generator newsletter (PDF)

  • Proposed changes to Hennepin County Ordinance Seven - Hazardous Waste Management
  • 2012 MnTAP interns help businesses reduce waste and energy use
  • Enforcement outcomes
  • Recognizing generators with no violations
  • Keep containers closed to avoid spills, open container violations and fines
  • Operating to prevent a release
  • Recently updated hazardous waste resources
  • Loans available for waste reduction, pollution prevention and green chemistry projects
  • Resources
  • Hazardous waste generator training

Winter 2011 issue

Winter 2011 Hazardous Waste Generator newsletter (PDF)

  • Five most common hazardous waste violations
  • Industrial stormwater permit - Compliance and monitoring update
  • Requirements for operating onsite treatment systems
  • Enforcement outcomes
  • No Violation highlight
  • More e-government services in the works
  • 2012 licensing renewal
  • Resources

Summer 2011 issue

Summer 2011 Hazardous Waste Generator newsletter (PDF)

  • Who are You? A look at the demographics of the hazardous waste generators in Hennepin County
  • Medical Waste — RCRA Hazardous Waste vs. Infectious Medical Waste
  • MnTAP Interns
  • Enforcement and No Violation summary
  • Generator Training
  • Resources

Winter 2010 issue

Winter 2010 Hazardous Waste Generator newsletter (PDF)

  • Hazardous waste licensing — steps to take when moving, closing, or opening a business
  • Enforcement summary
  • No violation highlight
  • Improve your environmental performance by starting a green team
  • Preventing ventilation system release
  • Update on the hazardous waste self-audit program
  • Resources
  • Online resources available for the new Industrial Stormwater Permit

Summer 2010 issue

Summer 2010 Hazardous Waste Generator newsletter (PDF)

  • Looking back on 30 years of the hazardous waste program
  • Graco Green Team reduces waste, water and energy
  • New stormwater permit — helping businesses keep Minnesota's water clean
  • News and updates — MPCA green products initiative; Self-audit program
  • MPCA and MnTAP self-assessment for healthcare facilities
  • Enforcement summary
  • No violation highlight
  • Resources

Winter 2009 issue

2009 Winter Hazardous Waste Generator newsletter (PDF)

  • What to expect during a hazardous waste compliance inspection
  • How to evaluate parts washing solvents
  • MPCA self-assessment for the health care industry
  • 2010 license renewal
  • Minimal generator relicensing
  • Enforcement outcomes 
  • No violation highlight

Summer 2009 issue

2009 Summer Hazardous Waste Generator newsletter (PDF)

  • Children's Dental Services wins Governor's Award for Pollution Prevention
  • MnTAP — 2008 Successes: A focus on hazardous waste reduction
  • Enforcement outcomes and No Violation highlight
  • Conducting weekly container inspections
  • Hazardous waste resources — highlight on the disposal company factsheet

Winter 2008 issue

2008 Winter Hazardous Waste Generator newsletter (PDF)

  • Licensing renewal process
  • No Exposure certification and the Minnesota multi-sector industrial storm water general permit
  • MnTAP programs
  • Enforcement outcomes and No Violation highlight
  • Used oil and related wastes
  • Hazardous waste manifests

Summer 2008 issue

Summer 2008 Hazardous Waste Generator newsletter (PDF)

  • Minimal or VSQG: Which do you want to be?
  • Technology can make steam trap monitoring more efficient
  • Managing empty containers
  • Personnel training — are you covered?
  • Resources

Templates and fact sheets

Templates

Hazardous waste generators are required to keep documentation of certain activities, which will be reviewed during hazardous waste inspections. The  following templates can help you keep proper documentation.

Templates for small quantity generators

Small quantity generators (SQGs) can use the following templates to gather the required information for additional requirements.

  • Local authority notification form (PDF) — Use this template to gather the required information when you make arrangements with local authorities in the event of a release. 
  • Telephone posting (PDF) — Use this template to gather information you are required to post next to a telephone for emergency situations.
  • Training form (PDF) — Use this template to track required training. SQGs must train all employees that have hazardous waste management duties to ensure that these employees are familiar with proper hazardous waste management and emergency response procedures relevant to their responsibilities during normal facility operations and emergencies.

Fact sheets

  • Empty Container Fact Sheet (PDF) — Just about every business uses containers to store chemical products, raw materials or wastes. Read this fact sheet to learn how to protect human health and the environment by properly managing containers.
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