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City signs waste agreement with county

The solid waste processing agreement between Red Wing and Goodhue County officially has begun.

At the Red Wing City Council voted unanimously on Aug. 13. The County Board had already approved the agreement, 3-1 at its July 24 meeting.

The agreement will bring all solid waste in the county to Red Wing, resulting in county's landfill to be moved into the state's closed landfill program.

In 1994, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency helped to establish a voluntary program to close, monitor and maintain the state's closed municipal sanitary landfills. The reasoning behind closing these landfills was to help manage the risks of human exposure to landfill contaminants, methane gas and mitigating the degradation of groundwater and surface water.

The state would relieve all liability associated with the landfill, located at 1873 Bench St., as part of the agreement.

Red Wing Public Works Director Rick Moskwa said the site will deal with 26,000 tons of identified waste. The waste will be processed, while pulling all non-burnable/recyclable material out, sending that to Xcel Energy's incinerator to be produce energy.

Moskwa called the agreement "a big deal," going on to say "This is one of the biggest deals that the county and city will do about that landfill."

The agreement will last 20 years after the enactment of the County's Waste Designation Ordinance.

The city and county public works departments will begin to discuss fee schedules and other aspects of the agreement in the coming weeks. Moskwa called the action taken by the council and board as the beginning, not the end of the discussion.

Matthew Lambert

Matthew Lambert joined the Red Wing Republican Eagle in March 2018 covering school board, public safety, and writing features. Lambert previously wrote for the Pierce County Herald and River Falls Journal. He is a graduate of Winona State University with a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communication: Journalism. 

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