Updated April 10, 2020

We’re closing our public facilities to help all of us get through the COVID-19 pandemic and in compliance with Gov. Walz’s stay-at-home order.

We know this makes things hard for everybody we help get rid of trash at our Rice Lake facility, household hazardous waste here at our main facility, and use any of our other in-person services, and we apologize for it.

Here’s the skinny on what we’re doing. These facilities will be closed until further notice:

  • The Materials Recovery Center off Rice Lake Road.
  • The Household Hazardous Waste Facility at our main facility on Courtland Street at the 27th Avenue West exit.
  • Our Administrative Offices at our main facility on Courtland Street.
  • Our Yard Waste Compost Site at our main facility.

And here’s the most important thing to know: Private garbage haulers can continue to operate, because our facility that collects their trash and takes it to landfills will be open.

Second most important thing: We continue to treat your wastewater. Wastewater treatment never ends. Period. We’ll have employees here around the clock to keep the plant running, and we have plans in place to make sure we’re properly staffed no matter what.

Finally: We’ll still be able to answer your questions. Employees will be answering your phone calls and emails. We’re still your biggest advocates when it comes to doing the right thing with trash and recyclables, and we’re still here to help you.

Meanwhile, you can try to delay getting rid of stuff that doesn’t belong in the trash, get in touch with other disposal options in the area, or call your private hauler for help if you have a lot of bulky items or to get a dumpster.

In other words, we’re not going away. We’re on your side if you’re feeling a bit stressed about the current situation. We know it’s not easy.

We really believe it’s for the best, however, to close our facilities to help be sure people are not coming into contact with one another. In fact, in some ways, stopping disease in its tracks is right in our wheelhouse.

We built wastewater treatment plants throughout the United States largely to keep people healthy. Before we built them, people would get sick from the wastes we dumped into our rivers and lakes. And what a dirty mess our garbage was before we started picking up it up regularly and taking it to a sanitary landfill.

So we totally get why we want to stop the coronavirus early and keeping as many people healthy. We’ll keep working as hard as we can to get us all through this.