Plan development process
The County conducted a comprehensive stakeholder engagement process to help develop the Draft Solid Waste Master Plan. More than 1,500 residents, business and industry representatives, cities and schools officials and other stakeholders provided input on solid waste issues, barriers and solutions (Phase 1) and feedback on potential strategies (Phase 2) that the County was required to consider, as identified in the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Policy Plan.
A public comment period on the draft Solid Waste Master Plan was conducted from Nov. 1-Dec. 1, 2017. Nearly 50 residents provided more than 100 comments and nearly 20 waste industry representatives, representing 11 companies, provided direct feedback to County staff.
- Phase 1 – Design process and gather stakeholder input on solid waste issues, barriers and solutions (October 2016–February 2017)
- Phase 2 – Draft Solid Waste Master Plan strategies and gather stakeholder feedback (March-May 2017)
- Phase 3 – Draft and revise Solid Waste Master Plan based on Policy Plan requirements and stakeholder feedback, including a 30-day public comment period (June–December 2017)
- Phase 4 – Finalize the stakeholder-driven Master Plan for County Board approval and submission to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency by the required deadline (December 2017–January 2018)
Phase 1 – Design process then gather stakeholder input
A comprehensive Stakeholder Engagement Process Design is guiding this work, supported by a detailed Implementation Plan. Summaries of the input gathered are listed below:
Residential Input Summary
Businesses, Reuse Organizations and Industrial Users Input Summary
Municipalities & School Districts Input Summary
Haulers, Recycling Facilities and Resource Recovery Facilities Input Summary
Phase 2 – Draft Solid Waste Master Plan strategies and gather stakeholder feedback
Summaries of the feedback gathered during Phase 2 are listed below:
Residential Feedback Summary
Business and School District Feedback Summary
Municipality Feedback Summary
Waste Haulers & Facilities Feedback Summary
Multiunit Feedback Summary
Phase 3 – Draft and revise the Solid Waste Master Plan
A Draft 2018-2038 Solid Waste Master Plan was developed that includes strategies and implementation timing based on stakeholder results from Phase 1 and 2 and strategies to meet state requirements. The County conducted a 30-day public comment period to obtain feedback on the draft plan.
Phase 4 – Draft and revise the Solid Waste Master Plan
County staff are currently reviewing all comments gathered during the public comment period and will make recommended changes to the draft plan for County Board consideration and approval in early 2018. The approved 2018-2038 Solid Waste Master Plan will be submitted to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency in early 2018.