Citing COVID-19 pressures, St. Louis County Environmental Services has closed its two household hazardous waste drop-off sites in Virginia and Hibbing until further notice, a news release said Wednesday.

Closure of the two sites allows for better staffing at the county's canister sites, transfer stations and regional landfill, which remain open at this time.

Citizens are asked to keep any household hazardous waste items such as paint, household cleaners, rechargeable batteries and fluorescent bulbs, among other things — until the sites reopen, so that the items can be disposed of safely.

For people needing to make an emergency drop-off of household hazardous waste, staff will try to accommodate as schedules permit. People should call 218-741-8831 to make an appointment.

Because the COVID-19 situation is continually changing, residents are encouraged to call the Environmental Service Hotline at 218-749-9703 before driving to any of the county's drop-off sites. The hotline message will be updated daily to alert the public of any site closures.

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St. Louis County Environmental Services provides a comprehensive management system for garbage and recycling for all of the county outside the boundaries of the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District. Learn more at stlouiscountymn.gov/environmentalservices.