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Pope/Douglas Solid Waste Management

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!

Board & History

View our Board of Directors and learn about the history of our facilities. 

Facility Tours

We are proud to offer both in-person and virtual tours. 

Speaking Engagements

You will find us at the county fairs, master gardener brown bag lunch sessions, rotary club meeting and so much more.

Future Facilities & Upgrades

We are currently working with the Governor’s Office, MN House and MN Senate to secure funding through the Capital Assistance Program (CAP).

Waste & Recycling Ordinances

Pope/Douglas Solid Waste Management is a joint powers board with representation from both counties.

Waste Designation

Pope/Douglas Solid Waste Management operates a fully integrated solid waste, recycling, pollution prevention and outreach/education system.

Board of Directors

Pope Douglas Board

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


Pope/Douglas Solid Waste Management has continued to evolve as state and local requirements and needs change throughout the years.

We pride ourselves with providing our varied services and programs in a fiscally-aware and environmentally-sensitive manner.


17,202 tons of waste processed in the first year and 31,671 tons of waste processed 2007 – Total tons of waste processed during 20 years of operation – 476,009


Implemented Curbside Recycling Programs and Satellite Collection Sites in Pope and Douglas Counties


Opened Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Drop-off/Reuse Center. 515 Residents dropped items at HHW and 489 Residents picked up


Constructed an Ash Monofil


Opened Recycling Drop Center at Pope/Douglas Solid Waste Management facility.


Replaced Combustors, Boilers and Air Pollution Control Equipment as required to meet new E.P.A. Standards


Constructed Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) to remove more recyclable materials from waste stream – from 2004 thru 2007, the MRF processed 97,800 tons of MSW removing an additional 6,800 tons or 7% of recyclable materials.


Expanded Waste to Energy Facility by adding Third Combustor.


Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) had 4,720 Residents dropping items off and 2,402 Residents picked items up in the Product Reuse Room.