The Polk County Transfer Station serves as the collection and
consolidation point for the solid waste generated in Western Polk County. The Transfer
Station accepts multiple small loads, screens, consolidates, and reloads materials
into larger containers for shipment to final disposal markets.
of the household garbage, whether delivered by a homeowner, business, or by garbage
truck, is consolidated and shipped to the Polk County Waste-to-Energy Incinerator
location in Fosston, MN. Here the waste is burned in a permitted solid waste incinerator
to achieve both volume and toxicity reduction. Ash, the byproduct of solid waste
incinerators, is currently being landfilled.
non-burnable (bypass) MSW and demolition materials are handled in a similar manner.
However, the bypass MSW is hauled to the Polk County Sanitary Landfill in Gentilly
for disposal. A sanitary landfill differs from a "dump" (which is illegal) in that
a sanitary landfill has a liner that prevents contamination from entering ground
water and a leachate collection system to remove and treat the leachate. The demolition
material is hauled to a separate area of the Gentilly Landfill and is disposed in
accordance with State and Federal regulations.