About Us

Western Lake Superior Sanitary District (WLSSD) provides wastewater and solid waste services and oversight for a 530 square mile region around Duluth, Minnesota that includes the cities of Duluth, Cloquet, Hermantown, Proctor, Rice Lake, Carlton, Scanlon, Thomson and Wrenshall, and eight surrounding townships.


WLSSD operates a wastewater treatment plant, yard waste and organic composting site, a hazardous waste collection site and solid waste transfer station in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Duluth, Minnesota. WLSSD also operates its Materials Recovery Center solid waste recycling and disposal site in the City of Rice Lake. Hours vary by facility and season.

History & Mission

WLSSD is a special purpose unit of government created by the Minnesota Legislature in 1971 to address serious environmental pollution problems in the lower St. Louis River Basin.

Board of Directors

WLSSD is governed by a nine-member citizen Board of Directors; meeting agendas and minutes are recorded and available here.

Executive Director

Organizational Structure

Wastewater & Solid Waste Authority

Financial Information


Investing in our Infrastructure

Public Data

In accordance with the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act (Minnesota Statutes Chapter 13), WLSSD Data Access Policy and Procedures provides members of the public with information and instructions they must follow to see (inspect) or obtain copies of public data maintained by Western Lake Superior Sanitary District.

To request a paper copy of these data access procedures, contact:

Western Lake Superior Sanitary District
Attn: Data Requests
2626 Courtland Street
Duluth, MN 55806
or (218) 722-3336

Members of the public wishing to access data should complete a WLSSD Data Request Form and may mail their requests to the address above or send request via email to datarequest@wlssd.com