Ramsey and Washington counties have completed the waste designation process, and each county has adopted amendments to their solid waste ordinances to implement designation ordinances. The Ordinances and process used by the counties have been approved by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA).  

What this means is:

  • Starting January 1, 2018, all Acceptable Waste generated in the two counties must be delivered to the Ramsey/Washington Recycling & Energy Center (R&E Center) in Newport, MN. The requirement applies to everyone: political subdivisions, haulers, generators and self-haulers. (“Acceptable Waste” is a legal term for trash that the R&E Center is allowed to receive and process – it includes almost all trash from normal household and business activities).

  • Licensed waste haulers that enter into a Waste Delivery Agreement with the Recycling & Energy Board have to comply with the requirements of the agreement and will have to deliver Acceptable Waste either directly to the R&E Center or to one of the transfer stations under contract with the R&E Board. Haulers that enter into an agreement will also be eligible to receive a hauler rebate. Haulers that don’t enter into an agreement can’t receive a rebate, nor can they use transfer stations.

What is Waste Designation?  

Waste designation is the term used in Minnesota law that allows the counties to enact an ordinance (aka regulatory tool) that requires all or a portion of solid waste to be delivered to a designated waste management facility. Sometimes called “flow control,” waste designation can be put into place after a thorough planning process that is approved by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA). Designation relates to what happens to waste after it is collected – it does not affect who collects trash, or when it is collected.

Implementation of waste designation details can be found here.