Virtual Tours

Check out the behind the scenes virtual tours.  Pope/Douglas also offers on-site tours of our waste and recycling facilities.

Check out how wastes and recyclables are managed in our area.

Recycling Center

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

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

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.

Household Hazardous Waste Program

Business/Commercial/VSQG Hazardous Waste Program


Material Recycling Facility (MRF)

MRF Sorters at conveyor and baler

PDSWM 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

PDSWM operates a Resource Recovery Facility/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.




Ash Landfill/Metal Recovery Facility

Ash Landfill

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 also operates a Metal Recovery Facility on the site.  Ash is delivered from the Waste to Energy Facility where it is combined with previously landfilled ash that is mined out of the ash landfill cells.  Combined ash is processed through the Metal Recovery Facility to remove ferrous and non-ferrous metals.  These efforts lead to recovering additional life and headspace in the landfill by removing metals for recycling.


Glacial Ridge Compost Facility

Pope/Douglas is currently developing the Glacial Ridge Compost Facility.

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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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