Mankato waste transfer station proposes increase in operating hours

Contact: Forrest Peterson, 320-979-1776

Minnesota Waste Processing Company (MWPC) proposes to increase the processing capacity of its Mankato solid waste transfer station by expanding the hours of operation. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has prepared an Environmental Assessment Worksheet describing the project and its potential impact on the environment. The EAW is available for public comment until 4:30 p.m. on June 20.

MWPC has seen an increase in waste processing from approximately 43,000 tons per year in 2015 to more than 60,000 tons per year in 2017. By operating 24 hours per day, the waste processing increases, as measured by tons per day, would include:  Municipal solid waste transfer operations from 250 to 325, solid waste recycling operations from 80 to 120, and the refuse-derived-fuel processing capacity from 40 to 80. The solid waste and industrial stormwater permits would be amended to reflect the increase. The project would not result in any physical changes to the existing station.

Comments on the worksheet must be in writing and submitted by 4:30 p.m. on June 20, 2017, to Kevin Kain,, fax: 651-297-2343; mail: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, 520 Lafayette Road N., St. Paul, MN 55155-4194.

The MPCA will use comments to evaluate the potential for significant environmental effects from the project, and to decide whether an Environmental Impact Statement, a more comprehensive environmental review, is needed.
Copies of the MWPC EAW are available for review at:

  • MPCA Mankato office, 12 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 2165.
  • MPCA St. Paul office, 520 Lafayette Rd. N.
  • MPCA EAW webpage

Copies may also be requested directly from the MPCA by calling 651-296-6300. Questions about the EAW should be directed to Kevin Kain at 651-757-2482 or 800-657-3864.