Landfill Applications

Current Applications: Waste Management / Burnsville Sanitary Landfill, Inc. and R.B. McGowan Company, Inc.


Waste Management

Waste Management submitted a land use application to the City of Burnsville for a Development Stage Planned Unit Development (PUD) to expand the Waste Management landfill located at 2650 Cliff Road West. The request includes:

  • Increase total waste disposal capacity to allow up to an additional 26 million cubic yards of Municipal Solid Waste
  • Increase the height of the landfill from a maximum elevation of 820 feet above mean sea level, to elevation of 1,082 feet above mean sea level
  • Decrease the Industrial and Demolition/Construction waste capacity 
  • Eliminate the 18-hole golf course end use plan and modify the footprint of the landfill to reduce it from 216 to 204 acres

An application for Conditional Use Permit has also been applied for to allow grading and filling within the Minnesota River floodplain and modification of the levee system.

Questions for Burnsville Sanitary Landfill, Inc. on their proposed application can be directed to Michael Miller at 952-656-5014.

Public Hearings/Meetings

  • July 25: Burnsville Planning Commission: View meeting video and report
  • Aug. 8: Burnsville Planning Commission - continued Public Hearing, meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at Burnsville City Hall, 100 Civic Center Parkway
  • Aug. 10: MPCA Public Meeting for BSLI Sanitary Landfill Permit Reissuance, meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. at Burnsville City Hall in the Dakota room
  • Aug. 16: Burnsville City Council, meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. at Burnsville City Hall 

Read Burnsville Sanitary Landfill, Inc response to comments for initial application reviews

Freeway Landfill: R.B. McGowan Company

R.B. McGowan Company, Inc., has submitted an application for a Concept Stage Planned Unit Development to re-open and expand the Freeway Landfill at 11501 Embassy Road to add 6.87 million cubic yards of municipal solid waste over the top of the existing closed landfill. A new liner is proposed to be constructed over an area of about 80 acres (increasing the height of the landfill about 74’ feet to elevation 826 feet above mean sea level. The proposal includes construction of a maintenance garage, scale house, scales, parking lot and access road.  A floodplain Conditional Use Permit is requested to allow grading and excavation and filling within the Minnesota River Floodplain. 

Please address your comments to: Daniel S. Schleck dschjleck@messerliKramer.com (File # DEV-22-1)

Public Hearings/Meetings 

  • Public meetings before the Planning Commission and the City Council will be scheduled in the future as the application process progresses.

Additional Documents:

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

The MPCA is responsible for managing solid waste. In July 2020 MPCA determined if landfills are not allowed to expand, Twin Cities residents could end up with no facility to send their waste and determined Burnsville Sanitary Landfill would be allocated additional waste capacity along with three other metro area landfills.

Approval for new landfill capacity requires three separate processes: 

  • Environment Review: The MPCA determined the Waste Management – Burnsville Sanitary Landfill Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement adequately addressed all potentially significant issues raised during the environmental review process. View details and the Findings of Fact on the MPCA website.

For questions related to the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement contact Steve Sommer Resource Management and Assistance Division Minnesota Pollution Control Agency at 651-757-2746 or MPCA admin staff at 651-757-2098.

Dakota County

In accordance with State Law (Minn. Stat. 115A and 473), the county plays the primary role in planning, implementing and maintaining solid waste programs for proper management of waste. Dakota County collaborates with the state, region, public entities including the City of Burnsville, residents, businesses, community groups and the waste industry to develop a Master Plan and programs to meet state goals. Dakota County licenses and regulates haulers and facilities for collection, management and related services.  

View the Dakota County Solid Waste Master Plan 2018 – 2038 (PDF)  

For information about Dakota County Recycling and Waste Management contact:

Environmental Resources
952-891-7557
environ@co.dakota.mn.us