Planning For New Partnerships In 2017

The Dunn Country Solid Waste & Recycling had a very busy schedule last year.

Dunn Country Solid Waste & Recycling’s highlights for 2016

In 2016, they were able to: start recycling #5 plastics and mixed rigid plastics; build another alternative to the land filling of alkaline batteries; offer other services for residents using the Sand Creek recycling site; minimize fees in recycling electronics for businesses; partner with businesses in order to recycle various materials that were previously landfilled; offer agricultural plastic film recycling at the Transfer Station & Recycling Centre and the Connorsville Area Collection Station; and, find an industry-compliant and safe process to recycle the compressed gas cylinders.

What’s in store for 2017

They are going to expand their agricultural plastic film collection in their Colfax and Ridgeland Area Collection Stations. They are going to receive one dumpster from each site, happening this year.

Once the dumpsters are already in place, the small farms are going to have the chance to recycle agricultural films conveniently at either of the sites. Farms also have an option to place their own dumpster in the location.

They started accepting freezer and fridge boxers last January 1. This opportunity helps to divert the materials from landfills and to provide their residents with other recycling opportunities.

The Dunn Country Solid Waste & Recycling also decided to change the format of the spring and fall recycling newsletters in order to give more information to their readers.

Looking for diversion

They are going to continually find better ways to recycle materials and divert waste from landfills. They are going to increase partnerships with farms and businesses to recycle the items which are now being landfilled.

Several examples of this partnerships with local businesses comprise of Advanced Dairy, Bill’s IBA Supply and ConAgra. With help from these businesses, they have found markets that recycle: plastic films, plastic syrup jugs, and big 33-gallon and 55-gallon plastic drums. They are bought to the Transfer Station, so they can recycle these for free, through a plastic drum shredder or a granulator, instead of them being landfilled.

They are excited to go to the next steps with their waste reduction efforts through the creation of new programs which help residents with recycling efforts.

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