Pope/Douglas Solid Waste Management operates a fully integrated solid waste, recycling, pollution prevention and outreach/education system.
Check out our facilities and operations below.
We also provide on-site tours!
PDSWM operates a year-round recycling center/drop-off area. The facility is open for businesses and households of Pope County and Douglas County to drop-off various items for proper recycling at no extra charge.
Households and Businesses are welcome to use the Recycling Center.
Household Hazardous Waste Facility
PDSWM operates a year-round household hazardous waste facility. The facility is open for households of Pope County and Douglas County to safely drop-off various items for proper disposal at no extra charge.
Dumping unused hazardous wastes in the trash or down the drain can cause safety, operational and environmental problems.
Material Recycling Facility (MRF)
PDSWM operates a Materials Recycling Facility (MRF). The facility is was added in 2003 for the purpose of removing some recyclables, hazardous and problem items from the delivered trash prior to being incinerated at the Waste to Energy (WTE) Facility. The MRF runs two shifts Monday-Friday and occasional Saturday to efficiently pre-process the wastes that are delivered via waste haulers.
Waste to Energy (WTE) Facility
PDSWM operates a Waste to Energy Facility (WTE). The facility was constructed in 1986 and began accepting waste in April of 1987. In 2011 a third combustion unit was added to the WTE Facility to meet the solid waste management needs of Pope and Douglas Counties. The Waste to Energy facility is permitted to process 240 tons per day. It operates 24 hours per day, 365 days a year. The facility has a pit that is 20 feet deep where the industrial wastes and sorted wastes from the sorting facility are mixed together. A grapple picks up the waste and loads it into the incinerator where it is burned at 1,800F. During the incineration process 76,000 M pounds of steam, at 170 pounds of pressure, is generated.
PDSWM operates an Ash Landfill. The landfill began receiving ash from the Waste to Energy Facility in 1994. The ash landfill was designed as a hazardous waste landfill even though the ash that is disposed of in the ash landfill is not considered a hazardous waste.
PDSWM has partnered with Lab USA to recycle fine metals (> 1 mm bandwidth and greater) from the ash. Recycling these metals from the non-hazardous ash will increase the life expectancy of the ash landfill.
Organics Composting Site
PDSWM is exploring the development of an Organics Composting Site. PDSWM conducted a state-mandated five year solid waste sort in April 2014. Garbage trucks and garbage semis were randomly selected to take a sample of their load – the contents of the sample were ‘sorted out’ in various categories. It was found that Organics make up 38% of our waste stream. Organics is food scraps and soiled non-recyclable papers.
Current organics recycling is brought to the Midwest Recycling Solutions Composting Site in St .Cloud for processing.