Tools for local government

Dakota county office buildingThe MPCA offers a variety of tools to help counties, cities, and townships to develop and support systems that recover resources and manage waste.

  • Financial assistance. 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.
  • Construction and Demolition. Municipalities, counties, and state agencies spend considerable amounts of money each year to remodel, remove, or demolish structures. Learn about sustainable and competitive options.
  • Don't burn your garbage. Burning household garbage in burn barrels, stoves, and fire pits creates pollution that's dangerous. Use this toolkit to educate residents about the dangers of burning garbage.
  • Rural garbage collection. Some rural communities are finding unique ways to successfully manage their garbage that’s affordable and accessible. Learn about rural garbage collection strategies.
  • Purchasing. Find environmentally preferable products on state contracts and green up your procurement program through the MPCA's Environmentally Preferable Purchasing program.
  • Single-use product restrictions. Is your community considering implementing restrictions on single-use products such as plastic bags? The guide below will help local policy makers, staff and other parties ask the right questions to determine which policies will achieve the desired outcomes and which may have unintended consequences.

For cities - solid waste options

greenstep logoThe MPCA along with Foth consultants developed some best management practices (BMPs) cities could take that go beyond minimum state requirements for solid waste management and recycling.

These BMPs were developed for Minnesota GreenStep Cities; a voluntary challenge, assistance, and recognition program to help cities achieve their sustainability and quality-of-life goals. Visit www.MnGreenStep.org to learn more. 

  • Waste-related acts and laws. Waste Management Act and related laws
  • League of Minnesota Cities memo on organized collection: In reference to page 12 of the memo, the MPCA is clarifying that a city that decides to enter into an agreement for the collection of recyclable materials, including source-separated compostable materials, with one collector or an organization of collectors, is not required to comply with the procedural requirements in the organized collection statute.