Solid Waste Processing Facilities Capital Assistance Program

The Solid Waste Processing Facilities Capital Assistance Program (CAP) provides financial and technical assistance to local governments to encourage investment in the proper management of solid waste. CAP has provided over $60 million to assist more than 90 projects in Minnesota since 1985.

The objective of CAP is recovering materials and energy from waste and to minimizing land disposal of municipal solid waste (MSW) through solid waste processing and resource recovery. Eligible applicants are Minnesota cities, counties, solid waste management districts, and sanitary districts. Eligible projects are facilities that include resource recovery.

Identifying funding needs

In preparation for future state bonding sessions, MPCA asks local government to identify funding needs for the development of integrated solid waste management infrastructure in Minnesota.

If you are planning/anticipating capital expenditures for a solid waste management system (new/upgrade/expansion), please contact Jeannie Given at or 651-757-2459. If you are interested in securing CAP funding for your project, please provide the following information for MPCA consideration as we continually seek to identify Minnesota’s solid waste management needs.

Contact information

  • County/city/district name
  • Contact information (person, phone, email, mailing address)

Facility type

Eligible projects are facilities that include resource recovery.

  • Recycling
  • HHW
  • Composting
  • Transfer station
  • Waste-to-energy
  • Refuse-derived fuel
  • Other (explain)

Project scope

Provide a descriptive  narrative of the proposed  solid waste processing facility that addresses these issues.  

  • Current and proposed waste practices
  • Regional solid waste management needs
  • Consistency of proposed project with the comprehensive solid waste management plan of each affected county
  • If serving eligible jurisdictions in only a single county, the extent to which cooperation with jurisdictions in other counties to develop the proposed project is not feasible
  • Extent of preparedness to implement the proposed project (i.e., Board approval, hired consultant, completed preliminary design and engineering, permits, etc.); provide an implementation timeline
  • anticipated sources of funding for the project, including projected tipping fees and revenues from recovered materials and energy
  • Any additional information available (pictures, etc.)

Project details

  • Facility site location
  • Facility service area
  • Tons to be processed
  • Operating capacity
  • Public or private operations
  • Current jobs
  • New jobs as result of implementing proposed project
  • Participating counties
  • Recycling rate (per participating county)
  • Solid waste management plan: Status per participating county

Other details

Sustainable building guidelines. Refer to the B3 Guidelines for sustainable building and Minn. Stat. 16B.325.

Will the project involve:

  • New building(s)
  • Addition(s) with its own heating/cooling plant(s)
  • Major renovations of an area of 10,000+ square feet and the replacement of a building's mechanical, ventilation, or cooling system

Solar energy.  Refer to 2013 Session Laws (Ch. 85, Article 6, Section 11)

  • Will the project involve solar energy (use of solar photovoltaic modules)?

Project cost

  • Total estimated project cost
  • Total CAP grant request*

*Depending on the project type, a project may receive funding of 25 to 50 percent of the eligible capital cost, up to a maximum of $2 million. Multi-county projects with an inter-county cooperative agreement may receive 25 to 50 percent of the eligible capital costs, or up to $2 million times the number of participating counties, whichever is less. A project to construct a new mixed municipal solid waste transfer station to serve an existing resource recovery facility may receive grant assistance up to 75 percent of the eligible capital costs of the project. Availability of CAP funding is subject to the appropriation of bond funding by the Legislature.