Winona County Environmental Services

Winona County Environmental Services Services provided include: household hazardous waste disposal, well information, recycling and sustainability programs.

Operating as usual

Have you responded yet to the #2020Census? Time is running out. Minnesota needs everyone to be counted in the census. Th...
09/24/2020

Have you responded yet to the #2020Census?
Time is running out.
Minnesota needs everyone to be counted in the census.

The deadline to respond is Sept. 30. But don’t wait! Respond now at my2020Census.gov or by calling 844-330-2020

Just a reminder:  You no longer need to schedule an appointment to drop items off at the Hazardous Waste Facility.  We a...
08/13/2020

Just a reminder: You no longer need to schedule an appointment to drop items off at the Hazardous Waste Facility. We are open Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Remember to practice social distancing whenever possible.

05/28/2020
We have relocated our free used Product Exchange to the shed outside the facility.  County residents who are looking for...
05/26/2020

We have relocated our free used Product Exchange to the shed outside the facility. County residents who are looking for usable materials for household projects may visit the shed Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Please practice social distancing & take only what you feel you will use!

Our facility is back open! If you've spent time cleaning & organizing during this quarantine, county residents may bring...
05/26/2020

Our facility is back open! If you've spent time cleaning & organizing during this quarantine, county residents may bring items to the facility Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please use social distancing whenever possible & 1 person in the facility at a time. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at 507-457-6462.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our office is closed for public access until further notice.  If you need to purchase a wa...
03/20/2020
Environmental Services & Recycling - Winona County

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our office is closed for public access until further notice. If you need to purchase a water or radon test kit, please use this link to access that information:: https://www.co.winona.mn.us/page/2457. If you have questions regarding radon or water testing, please call 507-457-6402.

Residents with emergency cleanouts of hazardous waste, that can't be stored for future disposal, should call 507-457-6462. Please do not drop any waste off outside the building during this closure.

Thank you for your cooperation as we navigate through this unprecedented event.

03/03/2020

The Census is coming, and it's important that everyone in Winona County is counted!

Starting now, watch your mail for a postcard or letter for instructions on how to complete the Census. You'll be able to complete it online, over the phone, or by mail.

The Census is just 9 questions that ask for basic information, including your name, where you live, your age, gender, and other details. All information is kept private and confidential.

The Census is conducted every 10 years, and getting an accurate count is critical. The Census count ensures Winona County gets its share of annual money for services and programs. It also determines election districts, gives businesses data on hiring and wages, and much more. It's estimated that each person counted brings up to $2,000 a year into Winona County!

Just passing along this information if anyone has a Christmas tree they need to dispose of!!https://www.facebook.com/544...
01/07/2020

Just passing along this information if anyone has a Christmas tree they need to dispose of!!

https://www.facebook.com/544839535882280/posts/1019498958416333/?d=n

The Annual Kiwanis Sunrisers Club Christmas Tree Pickup will be held on Saturday, January 11, 2020, 9:00am to 12:00pm. Those wishing to use this service to dispose of their tree are asked to have it on the southeast corner of their block before 9:00am. Trees brought to the curbs after 9:00am cannot be guaranteed to be picked up as the crews move rapidly through the neighborhoods. Please have all ornaments off the trees and trees should not be in bags. Service area includes the cities of Winona, Goodview and Sunny Acres in Minnesota City.

Great news! You can recycle string lights in your blue curbside cart!
12/13/2019

Great news! You can recycle string lights in your blue curbside cart!

Hello! Just wanted to remind everyone that we are not able to check messages on this page on a daily basis. If you have ...
12/12/2019
Environmental Services & Recycling - Winona County

Hello! Just wanted to remind everyone that we are not able to check messages on this page on a daily basis. If you have questions or concerns for the department, please contact our office directly. If your curbside recycling has been missed, please contact our contractor, Harter's, at 855-386-1214 the day after your scheduled pick up. We also have lots of good information on our webpage! Visit us!! https://www.co.winona.mn.us/page/2457

We apologize for any late responses to comments/messages that were sent to this page. Thanks!

What is Household Hazardous Waste?                Household Hazardous Wastes are unused or unwanted products that can pose an environmental threat when disposed of improperly . Read the label! Reading the product label can help you identify the hazard. Look for these "signal words" on...

12/11/2019
Save some money this Thanksgiving by reducing your food waste!!
11/22/2019

Save some money this Thanksgiving by reducing your food waste!!

Our office is currently out of the $5.00 (grant related) short term radon test kits. You can purchase kits online throug...
09/03/2019

Our office is currently out of the $5.00 (grant related) short term radon test kits. You can purchase kits online through Air Chek (see link below). We do continue to have the $17.00 long term test kits at our office.

https://securechek.com/cgi-bin/oo.cgi?product_id=60&ooname=MN

Questions? Please contact us at 507-457-6520.

Our free appliance collection is going on now through Saturday, May 11th!!  Winona County residents can dispose of any n...
05/08/2019

Our free appliance collection is going on now through Saturday, May 11th!! Winona County residents can dispose of any number of the following items: washer/dryers, freezers, refrigerators, microwaves, dehumidifiers, stoves, hot water heaters, air conditioners and dishwashers. ITEMS NOT ACCEPTED: TV's, ELECTRONICS, COMPUTERS or SOFT WATER TANKS. Proof of county residency required.

Drop off locations are: Miller Scrap (1 Recycling Lane) and Matejka Recycling (818 W. 3rd Street) in Winona and Timm's Auto (936 W. 12th Street) in St. Charles. Questions?? Please contact us at 507-457-6520.

03/11/2019
Master Water Stewards

The Master Water Steward Certification program is coming to South East MN for training at Whitewater State Park (dates of the class are March 19 and April 6). Apply today and learn about specific water challenges in your area and how we can work as communities to solve challenges to water health. This is a great way to improve the work you do as a volunteer or professional and expand your knowledge as a local leader in your community.

Master Water Stewards is a program that certifies and supports community leaders to install stormwater pollution prevention projects in their neighborhood. The program is managed by the Freshwater Society.

The only way to know if your home has radon is to test! Testing is easy, inexpensive and only takes 3-7 days.  Our offic...
01/08/2019

The only way to know if your home has radon is to test! Testing is easy, inexpensive and only takes 3-7 days. Our office, located at 225 W. 2nd Street in Winona, has short term radon test kits available for $5.00. Open hours are Monday-Friday from 8:00-4:30 p.m. (excluding holidays). Questions? Please contact us at 507-457-6520.

Want your Christmas tree picked up?  Here's what you need to know.  The annual pick up will be held from 9:00 a.m. to No...
01/03/2019

Want your Christmas tree picked up? Here's what you need to know. The annual pick up will be held from 9:00 a.m. to Noon on Saturday, January 12, 2019.

Those wishing to use this disposal service are asked to place their trees on the southeast corner of the block before 9:00 a.m. Please have all ornaments off the tree and trees should not be in bags.

Service area includes the cities of Winona, Goodview and Sunny Acres in Minnesota City. Organizations helping Kiwanis members will include the Boy Scouts and WSHS National Honor Society members. Community members have donated use of their trucks and trailers and trees will be taken to the City of Goodview compost site and the Winona Farm.

Holiday Card & Gift Wrapping Recycling GuideHoliday Cards• Plain paper cards & envelopes are OK• Do not recycle cards wi...
12/21/2018

Holiday Card & Gift Wrapping Recycling Guide

Holiday Cards
• Plain paper cards & envelopes are OK
• Do not recycle cards with glitter or metallic embossing

Holiday Wrapping—What’s NOT Recyclable
• Tissue, foil or metallic paper
• Glitter containing paper
• Styrofoam
• Bows, Ribbons, Yarn or String

Holiday Wrapping—What IS Recyclable
• Regular paper & paper gift bags (no plastic handles)
• Corrugated cardboard & clothes boxes

As you did your holiday decorating this year, did you come across a string of lights that just didn't want to work? Or m...
12/19/2018

As you did your holiday decorating this year, did you come across a string of lights that just didn't want to work? Or maybe you have lights you no longer want or use? Good news! You can recycle those lights in your blue curbside cart!

Our offices will be closed November 22nd & 23rd. Have a safe and wonderful holiday!!
11/20/2018

Our offices will be closed November 22nd & 23rd. Have a safe and wonderful holiday!!

With the days getting colder, don't let your paint freeze!!  Here are a few tips for storing paint.--Use a paint key. Th...
11/07/2018

With the days getting colder, don't let your paint freeze!! Here are a few tips for storing paint.

--Use a paint key. They make it easier to open the can without damaging the lid.

--Keep the rim clean.

--Close it up. Cover opening with a piece of plastic wrap to keep it fresh longer.

--Keep from freezing. Paint cans freeze at about the same temperature as water.

--Avoid rusty cans. Rust falling into your paint is a sure way to make it unusable. Keep containers dry.

October is Energy Awareness Month: A time to act to save energy, save money• Set your thermostat as low as is comfortabl...
10/16/2018

October is Energy Awareness Month: A time to act to save energy, save money

• Set your thermostat as low as is comfortable when you are home. Turn down the temperature about 10 degrees, either manually or via programmable thermostat, when you’re not at home and at night when you go to bed.
• Weather strip and caulk windows and doors to prevent cold outside air from entering your home.
• Seal air leaks around chimneys, vents, pipes and wires. Plugging air leaks is one of the most cost-effective ways to conserve energy and increase comfort.
• Have your furnace or boiler inspected annually to ensure maximum efficiency and safety. Clean or replace furnace filters regularly, as needed. Replace an old furnace with a new high-efficiency model.
• Turn down the temperature on your water heater to 120 degrees. Not only will this save energy, it will reduce the risk of scalding.

For a home energy guide:http://links.govdelivery.com/track?type=click&enid=ZWFzPTEmbXNpZD0mYXVpZD0mbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTgxMDE1Ljk2MjQ4OTMxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE4MTAxNS45NjI0ODkzMSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3MDQ2NDA2JmVtYWlsaWQ9a3F1YWxsZXlAY28ud2lub25hLm1uLnVzJnVzZXJpZD1rcXVhbGxleUBjby53aW5vbmEubW4udXMmdGFyZ2V0aWQ9JmZsPSZleHRyYT1NdWx0aXZhcmlhdGVJZD0mJiY=&&&108&&&http://mn.gov/commerce-stat/pdfs/home-energy-guide.pdf

If you're doing some cleaning despite these dreary days, bring your paint, aerosols, pesticides, motor oil & much more t...
10/09/2018

If you're doing some cleaning despite these dreary days, bring your paint, aerosols, pesticides, motor oil & much more to our Household Hazardous Waste Facility! Here's a link with our hours and acceptable items.
https://www.co.winona.mn.us/page/2793/article/5825

10/08/2018
PBS NewsHour

Some great information about how to manage your plastic bags!

Pro-tip: You're not supposed to recycle plastic bags at home.

WATCH to see what you should do with these bags instead.

Our office has received more short term radon test kits.  Cost is $5.00 per kit while the grant supply lasts.
09/28/2018

Our office has received more short term radon test kits. Cost is $5.00 per kit while the grant supply lasts.

09/11/2018

County residents are encouraged to avoid the use of the Household Hazardous Waste Facility located at 225 W. 2nd in Winona from September 13-18 due to construction work. Access to the facility will be limited due to larger vehicles working near the building. Questions? Please contact us at 507-457-6462. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Winona County’s Invasive Species Eradication Team was out this week, treating a few patches of Japanese Knotweed that ha...
09/07/2018

Winona County’s Invasive Species Eradication Team was out this week, treating a few patches of Japanese Knotweed that have been confirmed in Winona County. This patch was found along Highway 43 right just east of Janet Marie Lane. Japanese Knotweed is flowering now, making it the perfect time to find it on the landscape. Take a close look at these photos – there’s really nothing else like it blooming at this time. This species is a serious invasive, there’s very little of it here in Winona County at present, and we’d like to keep it that way. If you notice what you think is this knotweed anywhere in Winona County, please let us know by emailing the location to [email protected]

Our fall fluorescent bulb collection for County businesses will be Wednesday, September 12, 2018.  We'll start the colle...
09/06/2018

Our fall fluorescent bulb collection for County businesses will be Wednesday, September 12, 2018. We'll start the collection in St. Charles at the Faith Lutheran Church parking lot from 8:00-9:00 a.m. Next, we'll move on to the Municipal parking lot in Lewiston from 10:00-11:00 a.m. and finish up at the Household Hazardous Waste Facility in Winona from Noon-3:00 p.m. We'll accept up to 10 bulbs from businesses at no cost! Additional bulbs will be charged based upon size and/or type. Questions? Please contact our office at 507-457-6462.

Our office is currently out of short term radon test kits.  We anticipate receiving more $5.00 grant test kits in Octobe...
08/16/2018
MN Resident Radon Test Kits

Our office is currently out of short term radon test kits. We anticipate receiving more $5.00 grant test kits in October. In the meantime, kits may be purchased through the link below for $9.95. Please call our office with any questions (507) 457-6520.

http://cgi.radon.com/sub/mn/

MDH has partnered with Air Chek, Inc. and local public health departments to make test kits available to local residents at low or no cost. A list of participating health agencies can be found here.

08/01/2018
Minnesota Department of Revenue

GreenCorps preserves & protects MN's environment! See what's happening here in Winona County!

Did you know rain gardens help prevent rainwater runoff? That means less pollutants flowing directly into nearby streams and ponds. Thanks in part to our state tax dollars, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's Minnesota GreenCorps program is working to preserve and protect our environment while training a new generation of environmental professionals. Watch our latest video from the #OurMN series to see what Minnesota GreenCorps is doing in Winona County!

Studies show that medicines flushed down the drain can contaminate our lakes and streams, which can hurt fish and other ...
07/19/2018

Studies show that medicines flushed down the drain can contaminate our lakes and streams, which can hurt fish and other aquatic wildlife, and end up in our drinking water.

Medicines in home cabinets are the second highest cause of accidental poisoning in children and adults. These drugs are also highly susceptible to misuse and abuse.

Safely dispose of your unwanted or expired medications at our Household Hazardous Waste Facility located at 225 W. 2nd Street. Open hours are Monday-Friday from 8:00-4:30 p.m. You must be a Winona County resident to use the facility.

Please Note: Our facility is unable to accept controlled substances/narcotics. These items should be placed in the medication drop box located in the lobby of the Law Enforcement Center (201 W. 3rd Street).

https://youtu.be/AVTuqFGkDFs

Have a safe & happy Fourth of July!! All offices will be closed on Wednesday, July 4th.
07/02/2018

Have a safe & happy Fourth of July!! All offices will be closed on Wednesday, July 4th.

Address

225 W. 2nd Street
Winona, MN
55987

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 16:30
Tuesday 08:00 - 16:30
Wednesday 08:00 - 16:30
Thursday 08:00 - 16:30
Friday 08:00 - 16:30

Telephone

+15074576200

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Has anyone seen the beautiful scenery at 667 East 3rd Street, from an alley view?
Do you have a date for the 2018 florescent bulb collection?