The 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
The 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.
Solid waste collection BMPs: Seven options divided into good/better/best actions.
- Solid waste license template - Good
- Hauler services agreement template
- RFP scope of services framework - Residential recycling
- RFP scope of services framework - Multiple materials collection
- RFP scope of services framework - Solid waste collection
- Organized collection process flow chart
- Waste Collection Service Arrangements: An analysis comparing open and organized collection systems.
Note: It is not absolutely clear whether 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 required to comply with the procedural requirements in the organized collection statute. The answer likely depends on whether the definition of “solid waste” referenced in the organized collection statute should be interpreted to include recyclable materials.