About Us

Pope/Douglas operates a multi-faceted and comprehensive waste and recycling operation.  Lots of moving parts.  Lots of dedicated employees.  Lots of community partners.  We want you to know what goes into running a successful waste and recycling program through tours, speaking events and community events.  Knowing what and how you throw or recycle something makes a difference!

Virtual Tours

Facility Tours

Speak at Your Event

Facilities Expansion Retrofit and Renovation



Waste/Recycling Ordinances

Waste Designation

Board of Directors

Pope/Douglas Joint Solid Waste Board of Directors

Left to right: Comm’r Larry Lindor (Pope), Jerry Wright (Member at Large), Comm’r Paul Gerde (Pope), Comm’r Heather Larson (Douglas), Comm’r Charlie Meyer (Douglas)

Executive Director: Steve Vrchota

Board Secretary: Brooke Hellerman

PDSWM Organizational Chart


Board Agendas and Minutes


November 19, 2020 Agenda

October 15, 2020 Agenda and Minutes

September 17, 2020 Agenda and Minutes

August 20, 2020 Agenda and Minutes

July 16, 2020 Agenda and Minutes

June 28, 2020 Special Meeting Agenda and Minutes

June 18, 2020 Agenda and Minutes

May 21, 2020 Agenda and Minutes

April 16, 2020 Agenda and Minutes

March 19, 2020 Agenda and Minutes

February 20, 2020 Agenda and Minutes

January 16, 2020 Agenda and Minutes

Organizational Chart

Pope/Douglas operates a multi-faceted and integrated solid waste management system.  We rely on the skills and talents of many dedicated individuals to achieve our waste and recycling goals and serve the communities we work for – you!

Organizational Chart

Steve Vrchota, Director

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Phone: 320-763-9340
Toll Free: 800-972-6318
Fax: 320-763-9342

2115 Jefferson Street
Alexandria, MN 56308

Office Hours
Monday-Friday 8-12 and 1-4:30
Closed Saturday and Sunday

Recycling Center Hours
Monday-Friday 8-5
Saturday 9-2
Closed Sundays

Hazardous Waste Hours
Monday-Friday 8-12 and 1-4
Closed Saturday and Sunday
No appointment necessary

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