State Rep. Dale Lueck, R-Aitkin, issued a pair of letters to Gov. Tim Walz regarding waste collection services in Greater Minnesota, particularly the state contract that gives exclusive collection of waste at state facilities in 51 of 87 counties to a single waste hauler.

Lueck said his concern was sparked when Waste Management Inc., of Minnesota, refused to assist the DNR in dealing with deer remains collected in and around Special Chronic Wasting Disease Zone 604 at the DNR CWD check station located at Aitkin.

In one of Lueck’s letters, he recommends to Walz that Waste Management be disqualified from its current state waste management service contract. In part, the letter reads:

Despite the complication presented by Waste Management’s refusal to assist, the DNR said it will have 26 dumpsters available for deer hunters this year, key locations in both central and southeast Minnesota to safely dispose of carcasses after completing deer registration, chronic wasting disease sampling and deboning of the meat.

In a separate letter, Lueck requests the governor provide four specific data points that would shed some light on how local rural waste hauler companies are impacted when the state awards a contract involving 51 of 87 counties to a single vendor, Waste Management.

The full letters are available on Lueck’s legislative website (www.house.mn/10b). For detailed information on the special regulations that apply to special CWD deer zones, visit www.dnr.state.mn.us.

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