Public Comment Form

Olmsted County - Solid Waste Management Plan


We invite you to comment on the solid waste management plan for Olmsted County.


This draft solid waste management plan prepared by Olmsted County covers the years 2022 through 2032 and will expire 10 years after approval. The county estimates that it will generate between 170,000 and 180,000 tons of solid waste annually throughout the 10-year period. Waste will be burned to create energy at the Olmsted waste-to-energy facility located in Rochester, Minnesota. Ash from facility, bulky materials, and non-processable materials will taken to the Kalmar Landfill located between Byron, Minnesota and Rochester, Minnesota.


As part of the plan, Olmsted County has set a goal to reduce waste generation throughout the county by 3% through education, deconstruction programs, and internal sustainability programs at county facilities. They are also exploring opportunities to expand recycling by partnering with private businesses to develop organic material processing. The plan also includes a proposed publicly owned and operated material recovery facility that would sort single stream recycling and remove problem materials prior to processing.


Minnesota counties and solid waste management districts outside the seven-county metro area are required to prepare and implement detailed solid waste management plans every 10 years. Visit our website for more information about Solid waste management plans.


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Thank you for providing feedback on this project. We value your comments and will use them to assess this project further. Please submit your comments and feedback before the end of the comment period.


If you want to submit a letter, you can upload the letter on this website or submit it via US Mail to the following address:


Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
c/o Ben Crowell
504 Fairgrounds Road, Suite 200
Marshall, MN 56258



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