Building a new hazardous waste facility in NE Minneapolis

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This past Tuesday, the Minneapolis Transportation & Public Works Committee took one step closer to building a site for the recycling of household hazardous waste (HHW) within the city limits, and approved a proposal from the Department of Public Works to allow the city engineer to move forward with a land acquisition in northeast Minneapolis.

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The city, which operates two different waste processing centers — one in northern Minneapolis, and the other in south Minneapolis — has so far been without a HHW option for its residents.  Instead, Minneapolis residents wishing to dispose of HHW properly are currently instructed to go to one of Hennepin County’s two drop-off sites, located in Brooklyn Park and Bloomington.  The data collected at these sites by the county indicates that Minneapolis residents do not utilize the sites on a regular basis, presumably due to their distance from the city.  Because of this, the City Council and the Mayor directed city staff to look for a new site in the city that would allow the city to consolidate the operations at its southern Minneapolis location along with a joint Hennepin County/Minneapolis HHW center as well, making HHW a much more convenient option for Minneapolis residents.

The site under consideration, located at 340 27th Ave NE, is currently owned by the Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Co., and has been appraised by the Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED) Department at a fair market value of $1,820,000.00.  The committee, in authorizing the proposal submitted by the Department of Public Works, permits the city engineer to begin negotiating for the property, and eventually purchasing it with funds already budgeted for the project under the 2007-2011 Five Year Capital Plan.