For more than 20 years, the members of our team have assisted McLeod County with its integrated solid waste management plan (ISWMP) for its regional landfill. The first plan was developed in 1993 with ongoing updates, including most recently in 2013 when the retrofit of the materials recovery facility (MRF) in Hutchinson, Minnesota, was added in an effort to reduce solid waste being sent to the landfill and increase recycling efforts.
The McLeod County Solid Waste Management Department manages programs including household hazardous waste and mobile collections, curbside recycling, drop-box and township shed recycling locations, public education on solid waste abatement topics, solid waste licensing and permitting, solid waste ordinance coordination and enforcement, landfill surcharges, problem material management (fluorescent bulbs, tires, appliances, electronics, empty pesticide containers, etc.), yard waste, and source reduction. The department works with the Solid Waste Advisory Committee to provide recommendations on solid waste issues to the county board for consideration and adoption.
Material Recovery Facility Retrofit
McLeod County owns and operates the MRF that serves the county’s residents, municipalities and a number of commercial businesses. As part of its ISWMP and as a means to increase recycling, support waste reduction activities and provide greater customer convenience, the county decided to complete an MRF retrofit project, which transitioned the existing building from a multisort system to a single stream recycling system. By implementing the single stream collection and processing program countywide, McLeod County anticipates household recycling quantities to increase more than 25 percent. The MRF’s recycling processing capacity quadrupled from approximately 5,000 tons to 20,000 tons of materials per year and serves a multicounty region. The project more than doubled the number of Adult Training & Habilitation Center (ATHC) staff working at the facility to support the processing activities. By reusing portions of the facility’s existing recycling equipment and building infrastructure, McLeod County, with the assistance of Burns & McDonnell, saved an estimated $1 million. The MRF retrofit project was funded entirely through McLeod County’s Solid Waste Abatement Fund.
Burns & McDonnell developed design-build plans and specifications for the retrofit. This included assessing the existing recycling equipment and facility conditions and determining how to best enhance the conditions in a cost-effective manner. We developed preliminary civil, electrical, and mechanical design for a new tipping building, developed preliminary specifications for a new vehicle scale, designed civil site needs for facility expansion, and collaborated with a recycling equipment vendor to design the single stream recycling configuration.
- Solid waste management plan
- Material recovery facility retrofit
- New single stream system
- Resource recovery
- Recycling program planning
- Feasibility studies
- Market analysis
- Engineer-procure-construct (EPC)