Waste Designation

Waste designation is the term used in Minnesota law that allows counties to enact an ordinance that requires all or a portion of solid waste to be delivered to a designated waste management facility. Sometimes called “flow control,” waste designation can be put into place after a thorough planning process that is approved by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA). Designation relates to what happens to waste after it is collected – it does not affect who collects trash, or when it is collected.

Pope/Douglas Solid Waste Management’s Joint Waste Designation Plan, and subsequent, Waste Designation Ordinance for Pope County and Douglas County have been approved by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

Final enactment of the Pope County and Douglas County individual Waste Designation Ordinances are on track to go into effect June/July 2023.

Planning Timeline

There are many stages in adhering to Statutory requirements relating to designating solid waste. Current timeline below.

  1. Waste Designation Timeline 2020-2021

Waste Designation Plan