Households. . .
No garbage collection in your Nicollet, Le Sueur or Blue Earth County area? Bring your garbage to Minnesota Waste Processing Company in Mankato and properly dispose of it. Garbage can be brought in by the bag or by the truckload. At MWPC sets of ten 40-gallon bags are available for purchase.
The bags are pre-paid so you do not have to stop and weigh in when you reach our facility. Just fill up the bags and drop them off at MWPC. We're open to the public from 8 am to 5 pm Monday thru Friday, Saturdays from 8 am to 12 noon.
Remember, it is illegal to burn garbage in Minnesota. Besides being illegal, burning garbage is dangerous to your health. Today's garbage contains paper, plastics and other types of packaging waste that release a harmful mixture of toxics when burned. Even simple items, such as junk mail and frozen pizza boxes, can give off toxic emissions.
According to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, burn barrel air emissions include carbon monoxide (CO), carbon dioxide (CO2), and nitrogen oxides (NOx). Emissions also include small amounts of more poisonous chemicals such as benzene, styrene, formaldehyde, polychlorinated dibenzodioxins (PCDDs or "dioxins"), polychlorinated dibenzofurans (PCDFs or "furans"), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and heavy metals such as lead, mercury, and arsenic.
The smoke created by backyard garbage burning can affect people with sensitive respiratory systems, as well as children and the elderly. Exposure to smoke can also increase the risk of heart disease, cause rashes, nausea, and headaches.