Dakota County is revising its Solid Waste Master Plan to reach the goal of recycling 75 percent of waste by 2030. State law requires Twin Cities metropolitan counties to revise master plans with strategies to comply with state mandates and meet recycling goals and objectives in the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Policy Plan.
Comments on draft plan welcome until Dec. 1
Residents, businesses, municipalities, schools and waste industry representatives are invited to provide comments on the Draft Master Plan from Nov. 1– Dec. 1, 2017.
Draft 2018-2038 Dakota County Solid Waste Master Plan
Provide your comments in one of these ways:
- Email comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Mail comments to Dakota County Environmental Resources Department, Attn: Renee Burman, 14955 Galaxie Avenue, Apple Valley
- Provide comments in person at an upcoming meeting:
- Residents: Nov. 18, 10 a.m.– noon at the Burnhaven Library, 1101 County Road 42 West, Burnsville
- Waste haulers and facilities: Nov. 14, 3–4:30 p.m., Western Service Center, 14955 Galaxie Avenue, Apple Valley
- City Administrators: Dec. 1, 8 a.m. at the County Manager/City Administrator Meeting, Apple Valley Municipal Center, 7100 147th Street West, Apple Valley
County staff will review all comments and make revisions to the Draft Master Plan in December. The Dakota County Board of Commissioners will consider public comments as part of its Draft Master Plan review in January 2018. The County’s final 2018-2038 Solid Waste Master Plan is due to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency in early 2018.
Strategies included in the Draft Master Plan
The draft plan includes educational, financial and regulatory approaches to implement a variety of tactics and increases accountability among all stakeholders.
The Draft Master Plan includes the following strategies to help meet state goals to increase recycling, prevent waste and send less to landfills:
- Recycling messages increase and are standardized.
- Multi-unit (e.g., apartments, condos) residents receive assistance to improve recycling.
- More drop-off opportunities for household items (e.g., cardboard, carpet, mattresses).
- Haulers are required to collect recycling weekly.
- Home organics collection (food waste) is implemented countywide by 2025.
- Waste generators (e.g., residents, businesses, public entities) are required to recycle.
- Fees for garbage services are more proportional to the amount of waste that is produced (i.e., lower fees for recycling).
- Requirements for large generators (e.g., food processors, grocery stores, schools) to recover organics by 2022.
Implementation of any and all strategies will require coordination between County staff and stakeholder groups, and many will require authorization by the County Board. It is anticipated that collaborative efforts will begin in 2018 to develop time-phased approaches, refine existing programs, and develop new programs.