Waste Management Master Plan Revision - Waste Planning for the Future

County waste management master plan revision is underway

The county is currently revising its Waste Management Master Plan 2012-2030. The revised plan will guide waste management in the county beyond 2017 and include strategies in waste reduction, reuse, recycling, diverting waste from land disposal, and comply with Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s (MPCA) Policy Plan expected to be adopted March 2017.

During the revision process, feedback will be gathered in a variety of ways from many stakeholders. Everyone generates and makes decisions on trash and recycling. Revisions to the plan will impact all waste generators – residents, businesses, haulers, municipalities, and waste facilities.  Learn more about the county's waste management system.  

Ad Hoc Waste Management Plan Committee – Volunteers needed

An ad hoc committee has also been established to aid in the master plan revision. The committee consists of:

  • A resident representative,
  • Two from private waste management firms,
  • A city or township representative,
  • A representative from the City of Newport, which is home to the Recycling & Energy Center (a waste processing facility).

This committee also has a representative from the MPCA and a county commissioner contact. The committee will review input gathered from the community.
For more information about the Ad Hoc Waste Management Plan Committee or the revision process contact Nikki Stewart at Nicole.Stewart@co.washington.mn.us

Protect Public Health and Environment

The amount of trash, recycling, and hazardous waste generated impacts the quality of our air, water, land, and ultimately our health. Waste management planning is necessary to research, develop, and implement environmentally-sound management options to minimize not only long-term negative effects to our environment, but also financial burdens to taxpayers as well. 

The county’s Waste Management Master Plan is updated every six years to guide waste management activities while establishing waste projections for the next 20 years. 
 2012-2030 Washington County Waste Management Master Plan
County board consideration for the adoption of a revised county waste management master plan is expected to be fall of 2017 before approval by the MPCA. The new plan will be implemented in 2018.