The County has spent the past twenty-five years developing an integrated solid waste management system that includes accessible, cost-effective solid waste options for its residents, businesses, and visitors. The County’s system has focused on recycling and proper management of waste. Extensive planning has been conducted to determine the best locations for waste and recycling collection and management sites.
The County Board is interested in implementing a “Towards Zero Landfill” initiative in Otter Tail County. Further, the County recognizes that certain improvements are needed to accomplish its Solid Waste Management goals. The development of a Solid Waste Master Plan will help to articulate these initiatives and assist the County in understand the financial obligations of needed improvements. In order to achieve desired outcomes, the development of a Solid Waste Master Plan will work to answer two key questions:
1. What does the County want Solid Waste operations to look like in 25 years?
2. What policies, programs, and facilities does the County need to promote and/or enhance in order to achieve a “Towards Zero Landfill” initiative?
You can learn more about Otter Tail County Solid Waste Programs and Services, Waste Disposal locations and other helpful information by viewing the related pages listed on the right-side of this webpage.
What is a Solid Waste Master Plan?
Otter Tail County’s Solid Waste Ordinance protects the public’s health and safety, and the environment and resources of Otter Tail County, from improper management of solid waste. The Otter Tail County Solid Waste Master Plan is an opportunity to create policy guidance for the management of solid waste throughout the County and to guide investments and decision making.
Per Minnesota Statute, county Solid Waste Management Plans and revisions to those plans are required to be submitted to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) to ensure compliance with MPCA’s Solid Waste Management Policy Plan. The Solid Waste Master Plan will inform updates to the County’s Solid Waste Management Plan.
The Otter Tail County Solid Waste Master Plan will be developed over an 18 month process. The process will include a range of data collection and technical analysis elements, tied to engagement from Otter Tail County Residents. Throughout the course of the plan’s development, engagement opportunities will be held to understand residents’ goals and desires for solid waste management. See the graphic below for an overview of the Otter Tail County Solid Waste Master Plan Process.