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 2019 issue

Read the Fall 2019 newsletter.

  • 2020 license renewal
  • Minimal Generator licenses
  • 69 inspections without a violation
  • Enforcement outcomes
  • Grants for alternative landscaping equipment
  • 2019 MnTAP intern project symposium
  • MPCA small business environmental improvement loans
  • Hazardous Waste Identification Number (HWID) updates
  • Spontaneous combustion - it's for real

Spring 2019 issue

Read the Spring 2019 newsletter.

  • 38 generators without a violation
  • Enforcement outcomes
  • Download and print your license
  • Minimal Generator licenses
  • Free online training opportunities for hazardous waste management
  • Save the date: 2019 RAM/SWANA Conference

Fall 2018 issue

Read the Fall 2018 newsletter.

  • Proposed fee schedule modifications for 2019
  • Documentation needed for reducing generator size
  • Types of inspections conducted
  • 61 Generators without a violation
  • Enforcement outcomes
  • 2019 license renewal
  • Most common hazardous waste rule violations
  • 2018 MnTAP intern project symposium
  • Electronic manifests, now live

Spring 2018 issue

Read the Spring 2018 newsletter.

  • 57 generators without a violation
  • Enforcement outcomes
  • Update: aerosol can puncturing
  • Electronic manifests
  • Wayzata drycleaner makes the switch for a cleaner environment
  • Apply now for clean air grants to reduce VOCs
  • Download and print your license
  • Minimal Generator licenses
  • Environmental assistance grants available
  • Save the date: 2018 RAM/SWANA Conference

Templates and fact sheets


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.

  • 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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