The Minneapolis Public Works Department secured a $4 million federal grant that will resuscitate the North Transfer Station, a waste and recycling facility in north Minneapolis. The Environmental Protection Agency and Mayor Jacob Frey announced the plan for the facility. The city will also invest $3 million into the station. The facility would address long-standing challenges in the surrounding area, where Frey said there is a high volume of illegal dumping.
The proposed transfer station allows residents to self-haul items such as mattresses and clothes to the facility. “This grant will also help us reach our zero waste goals and divert items like clothing, excess recycling … even home construction debris out of landfills. So rather than put these huge, hugely polluting sources into landfills, we’re going to find ways to divert and to recycle them,” Frey said.
In a grant application, city officials said an operational waste and recycling center in north Minneapolis would provide equitable access to self-hauling options and reduce illegal dumping in the neighborhood. Currently, the city’s self-haul program has operated out of the South Transfer Station on 20th Avenue South. “The North Transfer Station has the capacity to become a local resource for proper waste disposal, but has remained unusable while the surrounding area has the highest number of reported illegal dumping incidents month over month,” the grant application said.