1992, Beltrami County enacted a Solid Waste Service Fee charge on all residential structures.  This includes residential, single-family homes, duplexes, apartments and mobile homes. 

Beltrami County Solid Waste Management Program’s budget for the year 2016 is approaching 3 million dollars per year. Beltrami County is generating approximately 30,000 tons of solid waste. A major component is recycling. The County is required to recycle at least 35% of its total waste stream. ¬†Therefore, it’s very important for County residents to recycle. Residents are provided means to recycle through the Solid Waste Management Program provided by Waste Management of Bemidji. They provide recycling areas at both Bemidji and Blackduck Solid Waste Transfer Stations.

Beltrami, participates in a Regional integrated Solid Waste Management program, which includes four (4) adjoining counties; Polk, Clearwater, Mahnomen, and Norman. 

Polk County made the decision to utilize a waste combustor for their solid waste management.

In August of 1988, the waste-to-energy (WTE) plant located in Fosston, MN began processing municipal solid waste (MSW) using two 40 ton per day mass burn starved air type waste combustors.  The facility has operated without major incident since startup, and within permitted limitations of EPA and MPCA, and has processed over 763,000 tons of MSW from 1988 to present.  In 1996, the Materials Removal Facility (MRF) was installed and the upfront separation of MSW was started, removing recyclable materials as well as non-burnable or objectionable items.  The MRF has processed over 30,120 tons of recyclable items from 1996 to present.

The facility has three steam customers; SunOpta Foods, Minnesota Dehydrated Vegetables Inc. (MDV), and Specialty Products & Technologies Inc.  The facility also can generate power with a steam turbine generator.  Along with the incinerator Polk County operates a Landfill located near Gentilly and a Transfer Station in Crookston.

There are 27 employees at the Fosston facility, two employees at the Landfill and seven employees at the Transfer Station.  A number of the employees hold special licenses or degrees to be able to do their job for Polk County and some employees are in apprenticeship program with the facility for Boiler License and Waste Combustor license from the MPCA and the Department of Labor and Industry of State of MN.


Ordinance No.13 - Solid Waste Management