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Waste Management and Recycling

Waste Management is the collection, transport, processing, recycling or disposal and monitoring of waste materials. Management of materials can be a significant financial burden on rural communities.

The Commission assists communities in meeting the challenges that arise with hauling and managing waste streams through composting, recycling, and disposal.  Communities must also deal with changing State and Federal regulations in management of various materials such as universal wastes which include fluorescent lights, mercury-containing devices (thermometers, thermostats, switches...), antifreeze, and batteries. Electronics, appliances, furniture, wood waste, and yard waste are other materials which must be specially managed by municipalities. 

The Commission coordinates regular transfer station attendant lunches to build relationships between towns to learn from each other about various markets and management methods for all the various materials that come through their transfer stations.  These lunches are followed by a tour of the host community's facility.  There is a lot of knowledge and professionalism in this group of municipal employees that can be shared.

The Commission coordinates annual Household Hazardous Waste Collections throughout the region. The Regional Planning Commission recognizes the great benefit to keeping toxic chemicals out of our water supplies by providing management options for unwanted chemicals like cleaning products, paint and paint related products, automotive fluids, and much more.

The Commission has recently engaged communities in collections of unwanted medicines. The Commission hosts a map of safe pharmaceutical drop box locations. This map can be found on the Twin States Safe Meds website.


A majority of the Commission's solid waste work has been funded through a grant from USDA Rural Development.

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