Six months later: single-stream gets mixed reviews
New recycling system keeps tons of waste from landfill, but careless residents taint recycling stream with garbage
Chantel Connell photo
Pictured here is a sampling of garbage items that showed up in a Friday, June 14, load of recycling dropped off at Ketterling Services in Luverne. Most of these items are not recyclable, such as styrofoam, soiled plastic bags, a potty chair, steel pipe, furnace vent, laundry basket, wiring, blood-soiled seat cushion and more. This June 14 load from a route in Luverne was particularly contaminated with garbage, but plastic bags are a chronic problem. They are not accepted in the county’s single-stream system, yet many residents put them in recycle bins, sometimes using them to separate recyclable items in the bin. The bags are nuisance to sorters and they are often carried away by wind.
It’s been six months since Rock County and local communities launched single-stream recycling, and overall the reviews are good. Luverne Public Works Supervisor John Stoffel reports that … More »
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