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Published January 17, 2012, 07:47 PM

New Process in Crookston Makes Recycling Easier

CROOKSTON, MN (WDAZ-TV) - A new recycling process in Crookston is helping both workers and residents with their recyclables.

CROOKSTON, MN (WDAZ-TV) - A new recycling process in Crookston is helping both workers and residents with their recyclables.

Whether it's paper, plastic or cardboard, people can now mix them all in one bin to be picked up.

Until now, Crookston has required citizens to separate all of their recyclables for pick up. But that will no longer be necessary.

"Everything but their garbage. The glass, cardboard, pop cans all can go in one bin now," Frank Duden with Crookston Street Maintenance said.

At the beginning of the year, Polk County switched to "single stream" recycling. This allows Crookston to use a second garbage truck to collect all recyclable materials and drop them off at the transfer station.

"They collect the recyclables in just one bin or container, so it's all mixed together and then they have a processing facility in Fosston that separates all the recyclables out of the waste stream," Crookston Public Works director Pat Kelly said.

The change also means city workers will no longer be required to lift heavy bins above their heads onto a trailer. That will save time and cut down on possible injuries.

"We can get done with our route quicker and get on to something else before we used to have three guys, now probably just two, one guy driving the truck and one in the back," Duden said.

Whether it's plastic, paper or glass, workers are hoping more people will recycle now because of the convenience.

"I think more people will do it now because it won't be a hassle, a lot faster for them, they can just bring it out to the curb in one bin," Duden said.

The city is looking into have a single arm truck with rolling containers in the future which could cost nearly $500,000.

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