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The Solid Waste Management Coordinating Board (SWMCB) has worked since 1990, to increase the efficiency and environmental effectiveness of the region's solid waste management system and save taxpayer dollars.

The SWMCB is a joint powers board comprised of two commissioners from Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey and Washington counties. To enhance intergovernmental coordination, the Board also includes ex-officio representation from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA).

Member counties use the SWMCB as the regional forum through which collaborative opportunities that cost-effectively improve waste management outcomes are identified and implemented.

The SWMCB lists fours areas of focus in its 2016 workplan:

  • Regional Solid Waste Policy and Programmatic Initiatives
  • Communications and Outreach
  • Intergovernmental Coordination
  • Data Collection, Research and Planning for the Future