Steve Skoog - Administrator
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Environmental Services Department provides residents of Becker County
with cost effective, environmentally sound solid waste management within
the confines of the EPA (Environmental Protections Agency - Federal) and
MPCA (Minnesota Pollution Control Agency - State) rules and guidelines.
The Director of the department is an appointed position. Six people
staff the department with various cross training and responsibilities.
There are four MPCA Certified landfill operators, three are staffing the
Transfer Station. Two staff are fully Household Hazardous trained and
one other has partial training. The Central Office staff is trained to
answer questions on the telephone regarding Solid Waste issues,
Recycling questions and Household Hazardous Waste disposal. The staff
can and will do on-site inspections and assessments dealing with
recycling, source reduction and problem solid waste issues.
The budget for the department is an enterprise fund with only part of
the funds collected from the taxes. Those funds from the taxes are used
for the Corrective Actions Remediation Measures at the closed MSW
Landfill. The other sources of Revenue come from: a) money generated
from volume based tipping fees at the Transfer Station; b) a SCORE Grant
for the State of Minnesota (recycling); and c) a Household Hazardous
Waste Grant from the State of Minnesota.
Expenses include: a) transportation and final disposal of Solid
Wastes from Becker County; b) education programs in Recycling,
Source Reduction and Household Hazardous Wastes; c) collection and
transportation of Recyclable; d) managing Problem Materials (tires,
appliance - i.e. refrigerators); e) collection, management,
transportation and disposal of Household Hazardous Wastes; and f)
corrective actions on tax forfeited properties.
The department manages:
- The Becker County Transfer Station and Demolition Landfill.
- The countywide Recycling Program with its subparts of education,
source reduction, grant administration and recyclable collection.
- The Household Hazardous Waste Facility in Detroit Lakes. The
Regional Household Hazardous Waste Coordinator is part of the
department's staff. This position coordinates activities in a 6
- The Corrective Actions and Remediation Measures at the closed,
capped Mixed Solid Waste Landfill located on the same property as
the Transfer Station.
- Administration and oversight of the Solid Waste Special
Assessment applied to the property tax statements.
- In cooperation with the County Extension Service coordinates and
helps with the collection of waste pesticides and waste pesticide
- In cooperation with the Natural Resources Management Department,
coordinates the cleanup and remediation of leaking underground
storage tanks and tax forfeited lands.