Waste Management Master Plan Revision - Waste Planning for the Future

The Washington County Waste Management Master Plan 2018‐2036 was adopted by the Washington County Board of Commissioners on November 21, 2017 and has since been approved by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA).

The county’s Waste Management Master Plan is revised every six years to guide waste management activities while establishing waste projections through 2036. The county must revise its plan in response to a new policy plan developed by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA). As part of the revision, the county conducted a stakeholder engagement process to gather community input through surveys and interviews in addition to convening an ad hoc waste plan committee. A final report of this work is available here.

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 revised waste plan increases emphasis in the following areas to address the new MPCA goals: 

• Waste reduction and reuse 
• Food waste prevention and donation 
• Residential organics opportunities 
• Recycling opportunities in public spaces

Learn more about the county's waste management system.