Pope/Douglas Solid Waste 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!

Recycling Center

Residential Entrance Sign – Enter just off Jefferson and 22nd Street in Alexandria

Pope/Douglas 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

Household Hazardous Waste Facility

Pope/Douglas 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.

Household Hazardous Waste Program

Business/Commercial/VSQG Hazardous Waste Program

Glenwood Environmental Drop Site

Pope/Douglas is currently in the planning phase of developing an Environmental Drop Site to better serve Pope County residents and businesses.  The site will be open year-round to accept single sort recycling, corrugated cardboard, organics recycling, household hazardous waste, waste/recycling educational resources, events recycling resources and facilitate special collections.

Stay tuned for more info!

Glenwood Environmental Drop Site Plan

Material Recycling Facility (MRF)

MRF Sorters at conveyor and baler

Pope/Douglas operates a Material 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

WTE Facility ‘Waste Pit’ and Grapple

Pope/Douglas 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 WTE 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.



Ash Landfill/Metal Recovery Facility

Ash Landfill

Pope/Douglas 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.

Pope/Douglas operates a Metal Recovery Facility.  Ash is processed through equipment to remove ferrrous and non-ferrous metals for recycling.  This process may allow for the beneficial reuse of ash in roadway construction.




Glacial Ridge Compost Facility

Pope/Douglas is currently constructing the regional Glacial Ridge Compost Facility.

This facility will serve the composting needs of Douglas, Pope, Grant, Stevens, and Otter Tail counties.  Additional counties would be welcomed to participate in the organics recycling program and should contact Pope/Douglas for additional information.


Pilot 1: 2017-2019

  • Organics collection began for several schools and businesses in Pope & Douglas Counties
  • Several community organics drop sites were developed

Phase 1: 2020

  • Construction of an Organics Transfer Station to serve the 5 county regional organics partnership
  • Capacity for up to 1,000 tons/year

Phase 2: 2023

  • Site will be permitted to process up to 15,000 tons/year within 10-15 years (projected)
  • Initial build-out designed to process 2,500 tons/year
  • Construction of an Organics Processing Facility

Glacial Ridge Compost Facility

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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