No. Most Public Entity waste is processed into fuel to produce electricity at Xcel Energy's Wilmarth Power Plant. It is a part of Blue Earth County's overall Integrated Waste Management System.
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The burn temperature of a permitted municipal waste incinerator is much higher than the temperature of a burn barrel. Poisons produced readily in the low heat of a burn barrel are destroyed in a municipal waste incinerator. Incinerators also have filters, and other pollution control devices. Studies have shown that significantly higher levels of poison are produced in backyard burn barrels than in municipal incinerators.
EPA Backyard Burning Webpage
MPCA Backyard Burning Webpage
Resource Recovery converts a waste material (garbage) into energy. It “recovers” the energy “resource” contained in the garbage that would otherwise be thrown away. It reduces pollution and greenhouse gas emissions by replacing coal as an energy source. Currently the State of Minnesota considers Resource Recovery a renewable energy. On the Waste Hierarchy, Resource Recovery is above landfilling.
The MWPC transfer station is the entry point for the resource recovery system. Waste brought to MWPC will be processed and turned into refuse-derived fuel that will be burned at Xcel Energy's Wilmarth Power Plant. to produce enough energy to power around 20,000 homes.