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. Master plan regulatory strategies include amendments to
Ordinance No. 110 Solid Waste Management.
County staff drafted revisions based on input gathered in early 2019. Now, staff is requesting feedback on the proposed requirements while they are still in draft form so reasonable conditions and associated timing are developed.
Provide feedback on draft Ordinance 110 amendments by Oct. 4
Feedback is requested by Oct. 4, 2019, on the draft Ordinance 110 requirements.
Ordinance 110: Draft amendments
Summary of Proposed Ordinance 110 Changes
Draft Ordinance 110 (tracked changes version)
Residents – includes residents living in apartments, condominiums, duplexes, and assisted living
Learn more about proposed requirements that may affect residents to provide feedback on draft Ordinance 110.
Commercial Organizations – includes businesses, organizations, schools, multifamily property managers, etc.
Learn more about proposed requirements that may affect commercial organizations and methods to provide feedback on draft Ordinance 110 language:
Business and Organizations
Municipalities – includes cities and townships
Learn more about proposed requirements that may affect the municipalities and methods to provide feedback on draft Ordinance 110 language.
City leadership and representatives are invited to attend a group meeting to discuss draft requirements with county staff. Please RSVP by Sept. 27, 2019 to Dave Magnuson at email@example.com or 952-891-7551.
Oct. 1, 2019, 1–3 p.m.
Western Service Center
14955 Galaxie Ave., Apple Valley
Oct. 3, 2019, 1– 3 p.m.
Northern Service Center
1 Mendota Rd. W, West St. Paul
Events and Event Venues – includes community festivals, fairs and concerts, etc.
Learn more about proposed requirements that may affect events and event venues and methods to provide feedback on draft Ordinance 110 language.
Waste Industry – includes haulers and facilities
Learn more about proposed requirements that may affect waste industry and methods to provide feedback on draft Ordinance 110 language.
Developing Ordinance 110 amendments
Draft Ordinance 110 language was developed based on feedback gathered through public engagement efforts. In early 2019, County staff solicited input from a variety of stakeholders on master plan regulatory strategy implementation approaches. Input was gathered to identify:
- How to avoid unintended consequences
- Practical and reasonable implementation timing
- Resource needs for a successful transition to change
More than 1,300 stakeholders participated. County staff used input findings to draft Ordinance 110 revisions. See Round 1 Stakeholder Engagement to learn about input received.
March-September 2019: Receive feedback on proposed requirements
April–September 2019: Finalize draft ordinance revisions
October2019: Notice of public hearing
November 2019: Public hearing and ordinance adoption
To learn more about engagement opportunities, please contact Renee Burman at firstname.lastname@example.org.