The Western Lake Superior Sanitary District (WLSSD) provides solid waste oversight and wastewater services for a 530 square mile region around Duluth, Minnesota that includes the cities of Duluth, Cloquet, Hermantown, Proctor, Carlton, Scanlon, Thomson and Wrenshall, and the surrounding townships.
WLSSD operates a wastewater treatment plant, organic composting site, a hazardous waste collection site and solid waste transfer station in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Duluth, Minnesota. WLSSD also operates its Materials Recovery Center solid waste recycling and disposal site in Rice Lake Township.
WLSSD is a special purpose unit of government created by the Minnesota Legislature in 1971 to address serious environmental pollution problems in the lower St. Louis River Basin. It is governed by a nine-member citizen Board of Directors.
WLSSD's nationally recognized pollution prevention programs serve as models across the nation and its award-winning operations, facilities and environmental programs stand as evidence of the area's commitment to a clean environment and economic stability.