• The Household Hazardous Waste Facility in Fergus Falls is closed to the public
  • The Recycling Redemption Center in Fergus Falls is closed to the public
  • We are still collecting recycling across the county, including cardboard from businesses.

Transfer Stations are open normal hours, but please do your part and limit visits as much as possibleStarting April 1st, Transfer Stations will accept bagged garbage and demolition material only. 

The following precautions are also in place:
1. Scale houses are closed to the public
2. Please stay in your vehicle and wait for further instruction
3. Staff are unable to assist with unloading at this time, bring help if you cannot do it yourself

Solid Waste Programs and Services

Municipal solid waste from Otter Tail County is managed according to the EPA waste management hierarchy which recognizes waste reduction, recycling, and resource recovery as keys to a sustainable waste management system.

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The Otter Tail County Solid Waste Department oversees an integrated waste management system that includes:

Solid Waste Transfer Stations

Otter Tail County operates six solid waste Transfer Stations and two Demolition Landfills.

Recycling Program

Our recycling program includes a Materials Recovery Facility, 29 drop-off recycling sites, cardboard recycling route, and a Recycling Center (Materials Recovery Facility).

Household Hazardous Waste Program

Our Household Hazardous Waste program includes a Household Hazardous Waste Facility and Mobile Collections that serve a six-county area.

Perham Resource Recovery Facility

Resource Recovery, also know as Waste-to-Energy, plays an important role in sustainable management of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW). Waste-to-energy reduces the volume of landfilled material by up to 85%, compared to landfilling alone. The Perham Resource Recovery Facility is a Waste-to-Energy facility that serves Otter Tail, Becker, Todd, Wadena, and Clay counties.

The Perham Resource Recovery Facility currently has an opening for a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) Sort Line Operator.

For a full job description and application materials click here. Applications for this position must be received by January 31st at 4:00 pm.

Waste Education and Outreach

The Solid Waste Department has a Public Information & Education Officer to help county residents reduce waste and dispose of waste responsibly.

Proposed Otter Tail County Solid Waste Designation Ordinance

For information regarding the proposed Otter Tail County Solid Waste Designation Ordinance, you can view both the Draft Ordinance and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency letter of approval using the links below.

Draft Otter Tail Waste Designation Ordinance

Designation Ordinance FOF Cover Letter


News & Meetings

Upcoming Events

Good Friday

April 10, 2020 8:00 am
Otter Tail County, MN, USA
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Earth Day Trashion Fashion Show

April 18, 2020 5:30 pm
VFW Post 612, East Washington Avenue, Fergus Falls, MN, USA
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Memorial Day

May 25, 2020 8:00 am
Otter Tail County, MN, USA
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Independence Day (observed)

July 3, 2020 8:00 am
Otter Tail County, MN, USA
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Independence Day

July 4, 2020 8:00 am
Otter Tail County, MN, USA
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Reports & Minutes

Department Meetings

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