SOLID WASTE

Josh Johnston
Marshall County Solid Waste
208 E Colvin Ave, Suite 4
Warren MN 56762

Phone: 218-745-5841


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Solid Waste
Landfill disposal of waste material is the current recommended option of disposal for residents in Marshall County. Landfills are constructed, permitted and monitored to reduce the risk of environmental contamination. If you are interested in contracting for garbage service, contact a licensed hauler and set up the type of service that will work for you. If you want to self-haul your wastes, contact the county solid waste office for the nearest permitted landfill location.

Hazardous Waste
Household Hazardous Wastes (HHW) are common chemical products found in all homes. The products themselves are not unsafe or hazardous if used for their intended purpose. However, due to their chemical composition, disposal at landfills is not allowed.

HHW is collected at the Marshall County Demolition Landfill, located five miles north of Warren, May thru October, Wednesdays 8:00 a.m-4:30 p.m. HHW is also collected at cities throughout the county during HHW collection events held once a year. HHW are collected, processed, and shipped to disposal/recycling facilities by the Northwestern Minnesota HHW (NWMNHHW) Regional facility in Bagley, MN. Marshall County is one of ten counties that belong to the NWMNHHW Program in Bagley.

The other counties include the following:

  • Cass
  • Beltrami
  • Clearwater
  • Red Lake
  • Pennington
  • Polk
  • Lake of the Woods
  • Kittson
  • Koochiching


Acceptable HHW items

  • Acids
  • Adhesives
  • Auto chemicals
  • Cleaning products
  • Hobby supplies
  • Home and garden pesticides
  • Household batteries
  • Paint
  • Paint thinners
  • Solvents and flammables
  • Wood preservatives


Unacceptable Material

  • Business or agricultural wastes
  • Compressed gas
  • Explosives
  • Radioactive materials
  • Tires
  • Unidentified waste

Special Waste
Special Wastes are those materials which have either been banned from disposal at landfills/incinerators, or other outlets are available. For many items, the Marshall County Demolition Landfill provides a central collection point.

Appliances / White Goods
Appliances have been banned from landfills, and salvage yards are not able to crush and recycle appliances that have not been processed. Appliances often contain one or more of the following materials:

  • Freon
  • Mercury
  • PCB


Appliances are collected at the Marshall County Demolition Landfill for a charge of $5.00 per appliance.

Tires
Tires are collected at the Marshall County Demolition Landfill and picked up to be recycled.

Prices are as follows:

Car or Pickup:

$5.00

with Rim:

$10.00

Large Truck:

$15.00

with Rim:

$25.00

Tractor:

$50.00


Yard Waste / Compost

Yard waste (grass clippings, leaves, prunings, etc.) have been banned from landfills in Minnesota. Yard waste is best managed on-site through back yard composting or the use of a mulching lawnmower. Check with local municipalities for local programs.

Used Oil / Oil Filters
Used oil and oil filters are banned from landfills in Minnesota. Used oil and oil filters are collected at the Marshall County Demolition Landfill for residents of Marshall County at no charge.

Fluorescent Lights / Ballasts
Fluorescent light bulbs are banned from disposal in Minnesota landfills due to the mercury powder contained within the glass tubes. Fluorescent light ballasts often contain PCB's, a known carcinogen. Fluorescent light bulbs are collected for a charge ($0.50 or $0.75 depending on the type) for Marshall County residents and businesses at the Marshall County Demolition Landfill. Ballasts are collected for no charge for Marshall County residents and businesses at the Marshall County Demolition Landfill.

Auto / Marine Batteries
Auto and Marine Batteries have been banned from disposal in Minnesota landfill due to significant quantities of lead and acidic fluids. Auto and marine batteries are collected at no charge from residents and businesses of Marshall County at the Marshall County Demolition Landfill.

Pharmaceuticals / Sharps
Pharmaceuticals are collected at no charge from residents of Marshall County at the Marshall County Sherriff’s Office. They can be placed in a container located in the lobby. Sharps may be dropped off at the window of the Sherriff’s Office. Please do not put your sharps into the container in the lobby.

Recycling
Marshall County has community collection sites located in:
Alvarado —  Grygla —  Middle River —  Newfolden
Oslo — Stephen — Strandquist  — Viking — Warren

The following materials are accepted at the community collection sites:

  • News Print
  • Magazines
  • Aluminum
  • Steel / Tin Cans
  • Plastic


For more information on the Marshall County Recycling Program, please contact the Marshall County Solid Waste Office at (218) 745-5841.

The city of Argyle currently operates a separate recycling program. For more information about their program please contact the city of Argyle

Source Reduction
The best way to manage waste is not to generate waste in the first place. Some ideas to reduce waste include: avoid excess packaging, buy products in recyclable containers or made from recycled materials, avoid use of hazardous chemicals, use reusable rather than disposable products, backyard compost, and buy well made products which can be repaired rather than replaced.

Compost
Compost is organic material that can be added to soil to help plants grow. Food scraps and yard waste currently make up 20 to 30 percent of what we throw away, and should be composted instead. Making compost keeps these materials out of landfills where they take up space and release methane, a potent greenhouse gas.
Composting vegetable scraps, coffee grounds, garden waste, leaves and grass clippings is a natural way to get rid of waste. Composting is a process that allows naturally occurring microbes to convert yard waste into a useful organic soil amendment or mulch.

How to compost at home:

  • Select a dry, shady spot near a water source for your compost pile or bin.
  • Add brown and green materials as they are collected, making sure larger pieces are chopped or shredded.
  • Moisten dry materials as they are added.
  • Once your compost pile is established, mix grass clippings and green waste into the pile and bury fruit and vegetable waste under 10 inches of compost material.
  • Optional: Cover top of compost with a tarp to keep it moist. When the material at the bottom is dark and rich in color, your compost is ready to use. This usually takes anywhere between two months to two years.

Marshall County Demolition Landfill
Hours of Operation: May thru October, Wednesdays 8:00 a.m-4:30 p.m.
The Marshall County Demolition Landfill serves as the collection and consolidation point for demolition debris and household hazardous waste. Demolition debris is landfilled on site. Household hazardous waste is collected at the facility, consolidated, and reloaded for shipments to final disposal markets. All household hazardous waste, appliances, TVs, Computer Monitors, and Fluorescent Bulbs must be separate from all Demolition loads.
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Costs:

Demolition Debris  $8.00  cubic yard 
Appliances  $5.00  unit 
TVs/Computer Monitors  $5.00  unit  
Fluorescent Bulbs (4ft)  $0.50  bulb 
Fluorescent Bulbs (all other)  $0.75  bulb 

 

Waste Screening Procedures
Loads containing only acceptable material may be deposited directly into tipping area. Any load containing other materials or unacceptable materials or industrial waste will not be allowed to dump.

  • Operator will pre-inspect each load before it enters the tip area. Loads that contain unacceptable materials will be diverted to another waste facility authorized to accept those materials
  • Any unacceptable wastes discovered after the load is dumped at the tip area will be removed and properly managed by moving to a storage area and then diverted to another facility.


Acceptable Demolition Debris
The facility will accept the following demolition debris and construction wastes:

  • Bituminous concrete (includes asphalt pavement and blacktop)
  • Concrete (including rebar)
  • Stone
  • Uncontaminated soil
  • Masonry (bricks, stucco, and plaster)
  • Untreated wood (including painted, stained and/or varnished dimensional lumber, pallets, tree stumps, grubbing, root balls, particle board, plywood, fencing, and dock materials)
  • Siding (Includes vinyl, Masonite, untreated wood, aluminum and steel).
  • Wall coverings
  • Electrical wiring and components
  • Roofing materials
  • Duct work
  • Wall board, sheet rock
  • Built-in cabinetry
  • Plumbing fixtures
  • Affixed carpet and padding
  • Ceramic items
  • Conduit and pipes
  • Glass (limited to window and door glass from buildings and structures)
  • Insulation (Includes fiberglass, mineral wool, cellulose, polystyrene and newspaper)
  • Plastic building parts
  • Sheathing
  • Molded fiberglass
  • Rubber
  • Drain tile
  • Recognizable portions of burned structures
  • Metal
  • Ceiling tile
  • Wood and vinyl flooring
  • Non-friable asbestos containing materials
  • Minor (<5%) of associated paper, cardboard, and/or plastic


Unacceptable Demolition Debris
The facility will NOT accept the following items located in demolition loads:

  • Agricultural chemicals or containers (including empty pesticide, herbicide, and insecticide containers).
  • Animal carcasses, parts, or rendering and slaughterhouse wastes
  • Appliances (including white goods and brown goods)
  • Asbestos-Friable
  • Ashes or hot wastes that could spontaneously combust or ignite other wastes due to high temperatures
  • Ash from incinerators, resource recovery facilities and power plants
  • Batteries
  • Carbon filters – spent
  • Cardboard – recyclable
  • Chemical containers
  • Fluorescent tubes and ballasts containing PCB’s
  • Food waste
  • Foundry wastes
  • Furniture and mattresses
  • Hazardous waste
  • High-intensity discharge lamps
  • Household refuse or garbage
  • Infectious waste
  • Liquids (any type)
  • Liquid non-hazardous materials – spilled
  • Machinery or engine parts
  • Medical waste
  • Mercury containing wastes (thermostats, switches)
  • Paints, thinners, solvents, or varnishes – undried applicators, brushes, cans, containers, filters, or dust collectors)
  • PCB contaminated wastes
  • Pesticide containers
  • Petroleum products, containers, or filters (including oil, grease, or fuel)
  • Radioactive waste (unless natural materials at normal background levels)
  • Uncured sealants (including undried applicators, containers, and tubes)
  • Septic tank sewage
  • Sludges (including ink, lime, wood, sewage or paper)
  • Live coal tar (including applicators, containers, and tubes)
  • Tires
  • Vehicles
  • Yard waste (not accepted for disposal)


The following specific wastes will also NOT be accepted into the Landfill as required by Minn. R. 7035.2535, subp 5:

  • Empty Pesticide & Chemical Containers
  • Asbestos
  • Wastes containing PCBs at a concentration less than 50 ppm
  • Spilled non-hazardous materials
  • Rendering and slaughterhouse wastes
  • Wastes that could spontaneously combust or could ignite other wastes because of high temperatures
  • Foundry wastes
  • Ash from incinerators, resource recovery facilities, and power plants
  • Paint residues, paint filters, and paint dust
  • Sludges, including ink sludge, lime sludge, wood sludge, and paper sludge
  • Fiberglass, urethane, polyurethane, and epoxy resin waste
  • Spent activated carbon filters