The Dakota County Solid Waste Master Plan for 2018-2038 identifies strategies the County will pursue to reduce waste going to landfills and make progress toward the state's goal to recycle 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.
The Master Plan identifies the County's planned approaches for how solid waste will be managed by residents, businesses, organizations, the waste industry and the public sector. Strategies for reaching the state's goal of recycling 75 percent of waste by 2030 include:
- Expanded use of existing educational, regulatory, financial tools
- Increased accountability and partnerships
- Focused work in new areas such as multi-unit dwellings, large-volume generators and emerging technology
The Master Plan was developed with input from stakeholders and was adopted by the Dakota County Board of Commissioners on Sept. 18, 2018.
2018-2038 Solid Waste Master Plan
Master plan implementation
The plan contains educational, regulatory and financial strategies to meet statutory requirements. The annual progress report provides updates on our efforts and highlights our commitment to making progress toward our goals.
On Nov. 27, 2019, the Dakota County Board adopted a revised ordinance (Ordinance 110: Solid Waste Management) to implement the regulatory strategies in the Master Plan.
Residents – includes residents living in single-family homes, apartments, condominiums, duplexes and assisted living
- By 2021, residents must recycle a designated list of recyclables (paper, cardboard, metal, glass, plastic)
- In addition, some of the new requirements for the waste industry may impact residents
Commercial Organizations – includes businesses, organizations, schools, multifamily properties, etc.
Municipalities – includes cities and townships
Events and Event Venues – includes community festivals, fairs, sporting events and concerts
Waste Industry – includes haulers and facilities
County staff are engaging representatives on implementation approaches. If you are interested in participating or providing input, contact Renee Burman at email@example.com.