Solid waste transfer and recycling station in Blaine looks to increase capacity

Contact: Walker Smith, 651-757-2738

Walters Recycling and Refuse Inc., a solid waste transfer station and recycling facility located at 10191 Xylite Street NE in Blaine, is looking to increase the amount of waste it is allowed to process through its solid waste permit. Before being allowed to do so, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is required to complete an Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) to help decide whether the project requires a more extensive Environmental Impact Statement.

The worksheet looks into site location details, nearby resources and other elements, including things like water use, air and odor emissions and traffic. Those interested can comment on the EAW until 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 10, 2018 

Walters Recycling and Refuse Inc. has been in operation at this location since 2013. It is currently allowed to process 99,000 tons per year of municipal and industrial solid waste, and construction and demolition debris at its facility. The company would like to increase the amount it is allowed to process to 140,000 tons per year. The company also processes yard waste and recyclables, but is not seeking to increase the amount of these materials it is allowed to process.

The Walters Recycling and Refuse Inc. solid waste transfer and recycling station operates out of a 12,000-square foot building, on a 7.5-acre parcel of land in a part of Blaine that is zoned for heavy industry. Several haulers bring wastes to the site. The waste is sorted, consolidated and sent off to one of four landfills or incinerators for disposal. No solid waste or other types of material are stored at the facility.

The proposed project will not result in any physical changes to the facility, and no new construction or demolition is planned.

The EAW for this project is available on the MPCA's Environmental Assessment Worksheet webpage. It is also available by calling Beth Tegdesch at 651-757-2100. Written comments may be sent to Steve Sommer by email to, or mailed to him at the MPCA, 520 Lafayette Road N., St. Paul, MN 55155-4194.

More information about EAWs is available on the MPCA’s Environmental Review webpage.