Polk County Recycling Center

Please note: For disposal information, please see materials accepted at Recycling Center.

Polk County Solid Waste Management, located in Northwest Minnesota, participates in a Regional integrated Solid WaIl dote Management program, which includes four adjoining counties:

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 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 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (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.

Steam Power

The facility has three steam customers; J. Rettenmaier (JRS), Minnesota Dehydrated Vegetables Inc. (MDV), and Specialty Products and Technologies Inc. The facility also can generate power with a steam turbine generator.

Landfill & Transfer Station

Along with the incinerator Polk County operates a landfill located near Gentilly and a transfer station in Crookston.


There are 30 employees at the Fosston facility, 4 employees at the Landfill and 7 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 Minnesota.Front of the two burners

Drop-off Hours

The Solid Waste Facilities in Fosston run a 24-hour a day drop off of recyclables and municipal household garbage, and also a drop off facility for non-burnable and objectionable items and Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) with operational hours of Monday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m, Tuesday through Friday 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.