A Wadena County Transfer Station expansion is complete.
The project, which included an expansion to the northeast side of the building allowed for more storage. The project cost just over a million dollars and came in under budget.
Solid Waste Supervisor Tammy Ehrmantraut also anticipated the expansion would result in efficiencies in time and dollars.
Recycling numbers continue to increase and the county needed a more efficient way to handle the materials.
In 2007, 777,460 pounds of recycling material was collected in Wadena County. In 2014, 1,329,800 pounds of recycling material was collected.
Currently, recycled materials are collected in blue bins set up throughout the county. The number of bins has increased over the years, making it easier for people to recycle. This could be one reason the recycling numbers have increased so drastically, Ehrmantraut has speculated.
The way the transfer station was set up was inefficient and the materials were handled too many times before they leave the facility.
The list of recyclable items continues to grow. Drop boxes are located at various locations around the county. The transfer station is open Monday-Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays.
Recyclable items taken in Wadena County include:
• Aluminum cans - rinsed
• Food cans - rinsed
• Tin cans
• Iron cans
• Aerosol cans (completely empty and nozzle removed)
• Plastic bottles
• Laundry bottles (remove caps and lids)
• Glass bottles/jars
• Corrugated cardboard
• Office paper
• Ledger paper
• Wrapping paper
• Paperboard - cereal/food/pop boxes (recycle as paper)
• Cardboard egg cartons (recycle as paper)
Non-recyclable items include:
• TV tubes/monitors/electronics/appliances/vacuums
• Plastic housings from TVs and vacuums
• All unnumbered plastics such as lawn chairs and toys
• Household garbage including food waste
• Fluorescent bulbs/batteries
• Household hazardous waste such as paint, cleaners, chemicals
• Building materials (dirt, cement, rocks, wood, insulation, shingles, siding, vinyl siding)
• Flooring (carpet, tile, wood, linoleum)
• Cigarette butts, hair, sponges
• Glass cookware, bakeware, dishes, ceramic and porcelain
• Waxed paper and waxed cardboard
• Cat litter, animal or human waste
• Diapers, sanitary napkins and feminine products
• Shoes and clothing (any cloth materials)
• Paper plates, napkins, paper towels or toilet paper
• Mirrors/windows or auto glass
• Furnace or oil filters
• Styrofoam or packing peanuts
• Bailing twine or hay plastic
• Christmas lights/trees or wreaths
• No burned items
For information on proper disposal of the items, please call the Wadena County Department of Solid Waste at (218) 631-2474.