2010 Accomplishments
Solid Waste Management
Coordinating Board
February 23, 2011
SWMCB Operations
Regional Policy
Collaborative Activities
Communications and Outreach
Special Projects
Regional Policy:
A Year of Transition and
• Initiated Regional Analysis project to assess system
• Researched Regional Governance options through the
“Summary Research of Regional Solid Waste Management
Governance Systems” report
• Participated in the development of the draft MPCA Solid
Waste Policy Plan
• Advocated for legislation to advance environmental
• Engaged private sector and national experts in policy
discussions and forums
• Concluded 12 year funding agreement with the MPCA and
initiated discussions on the future opportunities and
priorities for the SWMCB
Regional Policy:
• Advocated for product stewardship
• Worked with Agency to further
streamline SCORE reporting
• Worked with Agency to encourage the
development of source separated
organic composting rules
• Sponsored the Day at the Capitol
event in cooperation with AMC, MRRA
and SWAA
Regional Policy:
Product Stewardship
• Focused work on advocacy and education and
• Prepared on-line tool kit
• 3 fact sheets
• Presentation
• Template resolution for local units of government
• Advocated for a product stewardship framework
at the legislature and in the MPCA Solid Waste
Policy Plan
Regional Policy:
Source Separated
Organics Management
• In cooperation with
hosted an organics
management forum
– National and international
experts shared information
with public and private
sector staff on how
programs could be
implemented in the region.
• Promoted use of
compostable bags
Regional Policy:
Data Management
Created 2009 Annual Results Report on findings
related to the management of 3.1 million tons of
MSW in the SWMCB region in 2009.
Recycled (with credits)
Delivered for Processing
( 32%)
( 23%)
( 52%)
2005 Tons
2006 Tons
2007 Tons
2008 Tons
2009 Tons
Collaborative Activities
Household Hazardous Waste
Household and Hazardous Waste
• Implemented Reciprocal Use Agreement for HHW
• Coordinated programs to achieve consistency in programs and
Hauler Licensing
• Continued the Regional Hauler Licensing Program
– Issued 234 base licenses and 546 operating licenses
• Licensed 1,669 trucks
• Transitioned GreenGatherings content onto RethinkRecycling.com
• Convened GreenGatherings Advisory Committee to guide program
Communications and Outreach:
Community POWER
• 13 SWMCB and
County funded
grants to nonprofit
organizations to
work on waste
and toxicity
Communications and Outreach:
• RethinkRecycling.com had
nearly 170,000 visits in 2010
(slight increase from 2009).
• Residential section of website
was completely updated in 2010
to include new content and an
updated layout
• Social Media:
– Nearly 500 Facebook page views
– Nearly 250 followers on Twitter
Communications and Outreach:
Social Media Forum
• Hosted a forum on social media for over
75 project partners.
Coordination with Partners
• Distributed bi-monthly e-newsletter to
over 500 partners on RethinkRecycling
resources available for use
• Partners including counties, cities and
Community POWER grantees generated
an additional 2.9 million consumer
impressions through their use of
RethinkRecycling campaign materials.
Communications and Outreach:
Household Hazardous Waste
Tool Kit
• Created new tool kit for partners
on Household Hazardous Waste
• Tool Kit includes:
– Images
– Templates
• Advertisements
• Utility Bill Insert/Handout
– Articles
– Social Media Tools
• Facebook and Twitter posts
Communications and Outreach:
• Three Advertising Campaigns:
– Compostable Bags
– General Awareness for
– Household Hazardous Waste
• Using TV and Web
• 4.5 Million Consumer Impressions
from advertising efforts in 2010!
Communications and Outreach:
Public Relations
• Continued to use the “Trigger”
strategy, focusing on timely topics
and news items to increase media
coverage of RethinkRecycling.com.
• 12 triggers in 2010:
Green New Year’s Resolutions – Family
Indoor Activities – Compostable bags – Earth
Day – Composting – Kids Outdoor Activities –
Recycling Away from Home – Back to School
– Moving – Automotive – CFLs – E-Waste and
• Over 15.8 million consumer
impressions from public relations
efforts in 2010!
Communications and Outreach:
Events and Outreach
• Clearinghouse Resources
– Provided banners, recycling showand-tell kits, button making
activities, and a recycling quiz
wheel to nearly 40 partners for
community events
• Minnesota State Fair
 Partnered with MPCA to staff Lost
Treasure of Trash Mountain exhibit
 The Eco-Experience Building
outreached to over 300,000
 Distributed over 12,000 pieces of
informational literature on
recycling, composting, and HHW
HAZWOPER (hazardous waste operator training)
 Held annual recertification training for hazardous
waste staff.
Very Small Quantity Generator Data Base
 Electronically tracked hazardous waste manifest
data for counties.
Community POWER
 6 county-funded grants in 2010.
• Entered into 31 contracts and Community POWER
Grant Agreements.
• Dakota County continued to manage the
SWMCB’s finances.
• Ramsey County provided legal services.
• Updated SWMCB.org with board documents,
technical reports and toolkit pieces.
• Prepared Base 2011 Work Plan and Budget using
county dollars.
• Submitted two grant applications for MPCA
funding (awaiting MPCA decisions).
2010 SWMCB
2008 SWMCB
Chair: Commissioner Victoria Reinhardt, Ramsey County
Vice Chair: Commissioner Joseph Harris, Dakota County
Secretary/Treasurer: Commissioner Jan Callison, Hennepin County
Commissioner Jim Kordiak, Anoka County
Commissioner Dick Lang, Anoka County
Commissioner Jim Ische, Carver County
Commissioner Tom Workman, Carver County
Commissioner Kathleen Gaylord, Dakota County
Commissioner Peter McLaughlin, Hennepin County
Commissioner Janice Rettman, Ramsey County
Commissioner Gary Kriesel, Washington County
Commissioner Lisa Weik, Washington County
Tim Scherkenbach, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
2010 County
Anoka County
Conducted site visits with 5 school districts and 3
private/parochial schools through the Anoka County recycling
assistance program for schools
– Developed cooperative and collaborative relationships with the schools.
– Many opportunities to increase recycling were identified during the site visits.
Provided recycling bins through a grant to allow schools to recycle
– Schools received 1,765 deskside recycling bins and 73 bottle-shaped recycling
bins through the grant.
Assisted in placement of the new school recycling bins for
– Signs and labels were developed and placed so that the user would know what to
do at the point where a decision is made – recycle or not.
Provided recycling assistance to 2 high school stadium events.
– One school event reduced its quantity of garbage by 30% simply by recycling
beverage containers and cardboard.
Anoka County (cont.)
Coordinated and participated in a school waste audit to determine
the potential to increase school recycling and implement a food-tohogs program.
– Data indicated that 84% of the waste generated at the school could be diverted.
– Of the materials that could be diverted, 54% is food waste, 18% is non-recyclable
paper, and 28% is recyclable materials.
Provided all state SCORE money to municipalities, enabling them to
hold 35 event collections at which electronics, appliances, tires and
mattresses were collected for recycling.
– Diverted over 510 tons of material for proper management and recycling in the
first half of 2010. This total includes 119 tons of electronics, 190 tons of
appliances, 112 tons of used oil and 41 tons of tires.
Held the 307th meeting of the Solid Waste Abatement Advisory
– 2010 activities included 5 presentations, 2 tours of facilities, an event devoted to
recognition of municipal recycling achievements, and roundtable discussions on
event recycling and future county assistance.
Worked to make the recycling program at county buildings and
parks convenient, consistent and clear.
Anoka County (cont.)
Audited parks and facilities that are county owned and operated to
ensure that there are sufficient recycling containers and that they
are placed next to garbage cans.
Rebranded the county recycling program.
– Nonstandard containers were removed and replaced with new, standardized
containers with new labels. The new labels have pictures that show which
materials should be placed in each container.
Worked with two Community POWER grantees to provide waste
and toxicity reduction messages to residents less likely to be
reached through usual outreach methods.
– In the fall, 1,059 adults and children received information on how to reduce the
amount of waste they generate and how to reduce toxicity in their homes.
Increased participation at the household hazardous waste facility
by 6% during the first 11 months of 2010 compared to the same
period in the previous year.
Continued working with Great River Energy and Anoka county
haulers to deliver 136,121 tons of county waste to the Elk River
Resource Processing Plant for generating renewable energy.
Carver County
• Received MPCA Compost Organics Demonstration to
continue Carver County’s successful and nationally
recognized organics project.
– A key activity of the grant is to develop a composting site in partnership with a
private company [SET] and the University of MN Landscape Arboretum.
• Received MPCA grant to transform Minnetonka Middle
School West into a waste free school by eliminating
disposal products in cafeteria.
• Applied for and received an MPCA funded Green Corp staff
person to assist in event recycling, solid waste education,
and promoting the organics composting program.
• Expanded Hazardous Waste Generator licensing and
inspections to all healthcare sectors.
– Also continued to license other new generators.
Carver County (cont.)
• Worked with Adult Training and Habilitation Center to
permit, design and site the ECO-SITE in Watertown.
– Grand opening December 8th, 2010.
– Site provides expanded recycling, reuse, education, and special waste
management opportunities for residents in western Carver County.
• Expanded in-house organics and recycling program to
Justice Center, Jail, ENCORE Center, and Public Works
– Program will save the County $3,000 annually in disposal fees.
• Set another attendance record at the Environmental
Center with over 25,000 visits to the facility – at least a 10
percent increase from 2009.
– The Environmental Center has set new records for attendance for the past 5
Carver County (cont.)
• Continued to provide low cost electronics recycling for
residents at the Environmental Center and Special Waste
event collections by offsetting recycling costs with sale of
recycling credits and a small fee [$5] for TV’s and computer
monitors only. All other electronics are accepted free.
• Held 3 Household Hazardous Waste and Special Waste
Collections in western Carver County.
• Continued to operate 4 recycling drop-off sites in western
Carver County to provide recycling opportunities for rural
and small city residents.
• Co chaired the Midwest Product Stewardship Council [MPSC].
– SWMCB is an official member of this group of Midwestern states working regionally
to network and promote Product Stewardship.
Dakota County
• Increased residential participation at the County’s HHW
facility by 45% over 2009 levels.
– Increase was largely due to the 1.5 million pounds of electronics received from
residents during 2010, for no fee, making up approximately 50% of the total
HHW managed by the County.
• Managed the 2010 Burnsville one-day household hazardous
waste collection, which is believed to be the largest
collection of its type ever held in the State of Minnesota.
– Resulted in the proper recycling or disposal of approximately 200,000 pounds of
electronics, 60,000 pounds of paint, and 4,000 fluorescent bulbs.
• Collected and properly recycled or disposed of over 2.9
million pounds of household hazardous waste, an increase
of approximately 10% over 2009 levels.
Dakota County (cont.)
Inspected approximately 600 solid and hazardous waste
generators and facilities, with priority based upon risk of
noncompliance and potential harm to the environment.
– As a result, approximately 160 compliance actions were taken, averting many
potential negative environmental, public health, and safety problems
associated with improper waste management.
Completed the “Summary Research of Regional Solid Waste
Management Governance Systems” study, which researched
other regional solid waste governance structures, to identify
management tools and other information that could be of interest
to the SWMCB, as it explores options for change.
Implemented four Community POWER projects (Dakota County
Technical College, Garlough Elementary Magnet School, Hastings
Middle School, and Rosemount United Methodist Church),
reaching more than 46,000 students, staff, and residents, and
instigating local organizational changes that support County
goals for waste reduction, recycling, and toxicity reduction.
Hennepin County
Partnered with 8 Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE)
programs and 9 congregations to promote waste and toxicity
reduction activities
– Resulted in 1,600 residents and 2,300 families taking action.
– Launched a new environmental education toolkit for community groups.
Staffed over 44 community events, providing education to over
1,500 attendees.
Conducted 840 hazardous waste generator and hazardous waste
facility inspections in 2010.
– 14 were inspections of Large Quantity Generators which were recognized by the
USEPA under the joint powers agreement between Hennepin County, the MPCA
and the USEPA.
Hennepin County (cont.)
Reached out to sectors of the health care industry to ensure proper
management of pharmaceutical wastes.
– Compliance efforts for an additional 410 generators were addressed through a
self-audit process.
Conducted 187 underground storage tank system inspections in
2010 under a separate joint powers agreement with the MPCA.
Provided 700 hours of manifest data entry services to SWMCB for
the VSQG Manifest database.
Collaborated with the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office and US Drug
Enforcement Agency to hold the first medicine collection event in
Hennepin County.
– Over 700 people participated in this event and over 1,700 pounds of medicine
was collected.
Served over 115,000 customers at 2 permanent drop-off facilities
for recycling and household hazardous waste disposal.
Hennepin County (cont.)
Held 4 three-day HHW events and 7 one-day HHW events throughout
the county.
– Over 6,800 people participated in these event collections and 640,000 pound of
materials was collected.
Partnered with Covanta Energy to provide $5 gift cards to residents
who delivered their mercury thermostats for recycling.
– This program resulted in the collection of over 46 pounds of mercury for recycling.
Expanded recycling of organic waste at schools and cities which
resulted in 10,000 tons of organic waste diverted for composting.
Partnered with 80 reuse retailers to offer Choose to Reuse Today
coupons and to encourage people to shop used.
– Over 125,000 coupon books were distributed through participating retailers, Hennepin
County service centers, libraries and Three Rivers Park District locations.
Awarded $269,850 of Waste Abatement Incentive Grants to 4 cities, 5
private schools, 1 public school district and the Metropolitan Airports
Commission for innovative waste abatement projects.
Ramsey County
Continued to operate the HHW collection system, with a year-round
site and five satellite locations.
– Served 26,716 participants, the 2nd highest year on record, delivering over 1,375,000
pounds of HHW.
– Began accepting sharps (from syringes) at the County’s year round facility.
Continued to operate the yard waste collection system, offering seven
sites throughout the county that are free for residents to use
– Served over 407,000 site visitors, who delivered almost 112,000 cubic yards of leaves
and grass clippings and over 150,000 cubic yards of brush.
Worked with U of M Master Gardeners, Girl Scout Group 51195, and
Melvin Giles of World Citizen to install Peace Poles at all county yard
waste sites (“May Peace Prevail on Earth” in four languages engraved
on wooden poles) and installed gardens around four of the poles.
Worked with the Recycling Association of Minnesota (RAM) to promote
compost bins and rain barrels to residents.
– Worked with local watershed districts to provide discounts to residents within those
districts for purchase of rain barrels through the RAM event.
Ramsey County (cont.)
Produced and distributed the 2010 Ramsey County Green Guide by
mail to all residents, putting into their hands for the first time a
comprehensive County “how to” guide for households.
– Follow up survey of 955 residents showed that 98% reported that the guide would
help them in their decisions on recycling and waste management.
Completed a biennial survey of residents, which confirmed that
residents recycle at high rates and are well informed, but that there
are some gaps in knowledge about disposal of certain household
products (e.g. compact fluorescent tubes, prescription drugs).
Partnered with Parkview Center School in Roseville to roll out an
enhanced recycling program, resulting in cost savings to the school.
– In collaboration with the Roseville School District and City of Roseville, completed
the video “Boxes, Bottles and Banana Peels” an introduction to school recycling,
that will be used in districts throughout the County.
Received County Board approval for the Be Active! Be Green
Recycling Container Project, a grant program for municipalities and
school districts to increase away-from-home recycling.
Ramsey County (cont.)
Developed the 4R program (“Reuse, Recycle and Renovate for
Reinvestment Program”) in collaboration with the Ramsey County
Property Records and Revenue Department.
– Program designed to maximize the benefit to county taxpayers, return tax forfeited
residential parcels to the tax rolls at their highest and best use, recover costs
associated with the preparation and sale of the property, identify possible
contamination and public health hazards, and encourage sound environmental
stewardship through reuse and recycling practices.
Licensed 1,931 hazardous waste generators and 13 hazardous waste
facilities, conducting over 1,400 inspections.
– Provided 25 training sessions to generators, and 245 on-site consultation visits.
– Conducted 154 inspections of building slated for demolitions to identify hazardous
waste related issues through the pre-demolition inspection program
Worked with owners of Hmong Village (a new 108,000 square-foot
facility with over 200 merchant stalls, 40 offices, 35 produce booths
and 17 restaurants) as a pilot project to encourage more recycling in
the Hmong business community.
– Recycling program successfully implemented in October 2010 for cardboard, paper,
bottles and cans, and food waste.
Washington County
Operated the Environmental Center for the first full year, which
provides HHW collection and product reuse for residents, the
small business hazardous waste collection program, electronics
collection for residents, and a recycling drop-off service for
residents and small businesses for common recyclables.
– Over 31,781 participants used the Environmental Center, an increase of 24.5%
from the previous year.
– Total pounds of waste collected at the Environmental Center increased 13%
from 2009 with over 1,364,000 pounds collected.
– Over 1,505, 000 pounds of electronics waste was collected , a 26% increase
over 2009.
– 6,499 citizens took home 104,457 pounds of free useable products
from the Free Product Room, saving the county $56,000 in disposal
Provided six HHW remote collections.
Assisted County Sheriff’s Office in nationwide voluntary
prescription drug “Take-Back” campaign which collected 260
pounds of household pharmaceuticals from 122 citizens.
Washington County (cont.)
Developed and implemented a comprehensive communications plan
for the Environmental Center and HHW remote events.
– An electronic newsletter (the Environmental eUpdate) was also started. 477
residents signed up to receive the new eUpdate in 2010.
Distributed compost bins and rain barrels, in partnership with RAM, at
the Environmental Center. County residents could purchase one
compost bin per household at a discount, while rebate funds lasted.
– Over 600 participants purchased 300 compost bins, 45 kitchen food waste collection
pails, and 595 rain barrels. Follow-up survey of compost bin recipients showed that
93% of respondents were adding materials to their bin two or more times per week.
Hosted a shredding day for residents at the Environmental Center,
with a total of 20,800 pounds of paper shredded and recycled.
– Estimated to have saved 176 trees (each about 35 feet tall), 72,800 gallons of water,
31 cubic yards of landfill space, and enough electricity to power the average home
for 5 years and 1 month.
Collected holiday lights at the Environmental Center over the 2010
holiday season through RAM. Over 797 pounds of holiday lights were
collected in 2010.
Washington County (cont.)
Worked with Transfiguration Church and School (a Community POWER
grantee) to initiate waste reduction; paper, bottle and can recycling;
and food recycling projects at the church and school.
– Efforts resulted in Transfiguration reducing trash pickup from daily to every other day,
saving $250/month.
Worked with two additional schools to implement food waste
recycling, resulting in 12 schools total in the county participating. An
estimated 226 tons of food waste was recycled in 2010, which is the
equivalent of 45 pounds per student per year.
Partnered with St. Paul – Ramsey County Department of Public Health
and North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School District 622 to secure a
GreenCorps Member (funded through the MPCA) to provide direct
assistance to ISD 622 to assist select schools in improving their
recycling programs.
– Before program enhancement, an average of 70 lbs/day of paper, cans, and bottles
were collected from classroom and office areas.
– After program enhancement, an average of 104 lbs/day of paper, cans, and bottles
were collected from classroom and office areas, an increase of 49%.

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