Aug 30, 2011 at 11:20 am
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) - Most of the garbage generated in St. Cloud and the entire tri-county area is about to go up in smoke in Alexandria rather than adding to area landfills.
Starting Thursday, thousands of tons of waste collected by local haulers will now be sent to the Pope-Douglas Solid Waste facility in Alexandria for incineration under the terms of a new 20-year agreement, according to the Tri-County Solid Waste Commission.
Up to 50,000 tons of Stearns, Sherburne and Benton county garbage will be incinerated at the facility each year, accounting for more than half the solid waste generated by the Tri-County area each year.
The Alexandria facility, a joint venture between Pope and Douglas counties, has been in operation for more than 20 years and just completed an expansion project to double its capacity.
The plan reduces the amount of area waste that will need to be landfilled, while also generating energy.
Incinerator waste is turned into steam, which is then sold to help power Alexandria's 3M factory, the Douglas County Hospital as well as a local school.