Metropolitan Solid Waste Management Policy Plan

The Metropolitan Solid Waste Management Policy Plan establishes the plan for managing the Metropolitan Area’s solid waste. The policy plan is prepared every six years with input from state agencies, county staff, and a variety of stakeholders: representatives of the waste industry, environmental groups, businesses, and citizens.

The MPCA is moving forward with its regular update of its Metro Solid Waste Policy Plan. State law requires that every six years the agency updates and revises its policy plan for solid waste management in the Twin Cities Metro Area (TCMA). This process begins with a formal pre-draft notice inviting stakeholders and interested parties to share ideas and suggestions for updating and revising the plan. The agency will host interactive virtual public meetings where topics addressed in the plan will be discussed. The public will have 45 days from the release of the pre-draft notice to offer suggestions and comments to guide the development of the policy plan. Send written comments to Peder Sandhei, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, 520 Lafayette Rd. N., 2nd Floor, St. Paul, Minnesota 55155-4100 by 4:30 p.m., C.S.T. on July 12, 2021. MPCA will consider all comments as it crafts the policy plan. After gathering insights from interested stakeholders, the agency will move forward with drafting the policy plan. Once drafted, the agency will reengage with the public to seek additional comment.

Public meetings

Metropolitan waste disposal restrictions

Following the adoption of the 2010-2030 Metropolitan Policy Plan, the MPCA announced its intention to implement its plan for enforcement of the metropolitan waste disposal restriction (Minn. Stat. § 473.848). Recent legislation (Laws of Minnesota 2012, chapter 272, section 93) required the MPCA to delay enforcement of the restriction on disposal until February 15, 2013, and that the MPCA prepare a report by October 1, 2012, that outlines how the state could achieve compliance with restriction on disposal.


File Metropolitan MMSW monthly report for landfills (w-sw3-47)

File Metropolitan MMSW monthly report for resource recovery projects (w-sw3-48)


PDF icon Metropolitan Waste Disposal Restrictions Report (October 2012)

As directed, the MPCA prepared the final report after it allowed interested parties 30 days to review and comment on the report. The report was submitted to the chairs and ranking minority members of the senate and house of representatives committees with jurisdiction over environmental policy and finance. Included in the report are the written comments received from interested parties and the MPCA’s responses to those comments.

Waste processing facilities serving the Twin Cities metropolitan area

The Metropolitan Solid Waste Management Policy Plan 2010-2030 (Metro Plan) described a Twin Cities metropolitan area (TCMA) processing facility system. The MPCA stated in the report that a goal of the Metro Plan is to ensure that no unprocessed mixed municipal solid waste (MMSW) was landfilled in accordance with the requirements of Minn. Stat. § 473.848. In 2015, the MPCA implemented a compliance framework to advance this goal.

Listed facilities constitute the TCMA MMSW processing system:

  • Hennepin Energy Recovery Center (Minneapolis)
  • Red Wing Waste Campus (Red Wing)
  • Resource Recovery Technologies, LLC (Newport)

MPCA will update this list annually. (Last update Nov. 2019)