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Household Hazardous Waste pickup

Stearns County's Household Hazardous Waste truck is doing its summer collections. The truck travels to cities around Stearns County collecting hazardous products homeowners no longer want or need.

The truck will be in St. Nicholas at the church from 9-11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23.

This is a chance for residents to get rid of all those unsafe or nuisance products lying around the house, such as paints, cleaners, poisons, roofing tar, fuels, automotive chemicals, sealers, garden chemicals, pool chemicals, fluorescent bulbs, adhesives, aerosols, solvents, mothballs and mercury.

Products can be disposed of at no charge. It's a free service offered by Stearns County's Environmental Services Department.

Items that cannot be accepted through the Household Hazardous Waste Program include: used motor oil (although a used oil recycling facility is permanently located in Cold Spring at the City Garage, 304 2nd Ave N.), antifreeze, explosives, furniture, household garbage, tires, medical waste, appliances or any other unknown products. Also not accepted is business waste. These collections are designed to collect home, not business, products.

For those who cannot make this scheduled mobile collection time, the Tri-County Household Hazardous Waste Facility located at 601 N. 20th Ave. in St. Cloud accepts products year-round. Go to the Stearns County web site at, for hours of operation and to see other mobile collection dates and times. Any questions can be answered by calling (320) 656-3613.