2009 Solid Waste Policy Report
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The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) recognizes that the state's solid waste system has fundamental structural problems that prevent it from meeting the objectives of the Waste Management Act, and that a more effective governance (steering) system is needed to achieve the greenhouse gas and energy goals set by the Legislature. The system should include clear roles and responsibilities, effective tools, accountability, equity, and should be able to adapt to changing circumstances.
The MPCA is committed to working with stakeholders at the local, regional, and state levels to address challenges that relate to solid waste management.
This biennial Solid Waste Policy Report is divided into five parts:
- A summary of the Integrated Solid Waste Management stakeholder process, including the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s observations regarding this process
- A description of Minnesota’s current solid waste system and recommendations for engaging state and local leadership in discussions on how to move to a new level of system outcomes
- A framework to guide the state forward in developing a more effective solid waste governance system
- An update regarding the progress made on key issues identified in the 2007 Solid Waste Policy Report
- Conclusions and recommendations for moving forward on solid waste issues and outcomes.