County approves new garbage and recycling station in Blaine

The Anoka County Board has given the green light for Walters Recycling and Refuse to construct and operate a new solid waste transfer and recycling station in Blaine.

Walters’ new facility at 2665 101st Ave. NE, will be built on property that George Walter owns and will be located across the street from its current office and solid waste transfer and recycling station, which it will replace.

The approval by the county board of license conditions Oct. 24 was the final step in the approval process.

Conditional use permit approval for the project was given by the Blaine City Council last year and a permit was issued by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency in late August.

Walters is an experienced and longtime waste hauler in the county, said County Commissioner Jim Kordiak, chairman of the board’s Waste Management and Energy Committee, which recommended approval of the license conditions.

Under the license conditions, Walters cannot receive or handle hazardous waste at the location and must send a monthly report on its operation to the county’s environmental services department.

All vehicle unloading and loading as well as solid waste handling must take place inside the building and Walters must not store mixed municipal solid waste more than 48 hours in the station except for emergencies and with the written approval from Anoka County Community Health and Environmental Services, the license conditions state.

Walters is required to provide a performance bond or a standby irrevocable letter of credit or cash escrow to the county in the amount of $40,000 as financial assurance for the operation and closure of the facility.

The new solid waste transfer and recycling facility will total 12,000 square feet on 7.5 acres of vacant property and the building is designed to handle some 500 to 700 tons of solid waste each day.

Hours of operation would be 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday under the conditional use permit approved by the Blaine council.

The Walter family has been in the solid waste management and recycling industry for over two generations, starting in 1956, when Jack and Shirley Walter started service to 250 homes in the Village of St. Anthony.

The company grew and when Jack and Shirley retired in January 1983, they had 33 trucks and 56 employees, according to the company’s website.

Two of their children, George and Greg, have continued their parents’ business and in 1988, Walters Recycling and Refuse, Inc. was born.

The company is one of the top seven largest waste companies in Minnesota and in the top 100 in the United States.

Walters has gone from a customer base of 200 to 33,000 residential and 3,400 commercial, industrial and roll-off customers, according to its website.

Peter Bodley is at [email protected]