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Published June 28, 2012, 05:51 PM

Recycling Challenge Kicks Off In East Grand Forks

A nationwide recycling challenge kicks off next week and if you live in East Grand Forks, you can help the city go "green" and possibly earn some cash. The challenge encourages waste reduction and aims to increase recycling efforts.

A nationwide recycling challenge kicks off next week and if you live in East Grand Forks, you can help the city go "green" and possibly earn some cash.

The challenge encourages waste reduction and aims to increase recycling efforts.

East Grand Forks is the only community that was chosen to represent the state Minnesota, to participate in the challenge against the other states.

The challenge is based on participation and the weight of all recyclables during the 6-month contest.

City Officials are hoping more people will start recycling.

Whether it's plastic, aluminum or glass...Faith Finney has recycled everything she could get her hands since before she can even remember.

"We have a bin we keep all our aluminum, plastic and glass and then we keep our newspapers and we put them in a paper bag, our cardboard, we have it all, we are pretty organized with our recycling," Finney said.

People who live within city limits have an extra garbage can for recyclables, but since Finney lives just outside city limits...she has to haul her items into town herself.

"Once you get started you find it's really not that difficult and it makes you feel good about doing some little thing to make a change," Finney said.

Finney was excited to hear that the city of East Grand Forks is representing Minnesota in a nation-wide recycling challenge aimed at making communities a little greener. One city from each state, will compete in the SC Johnson Green Choices Recycling Challenge .

"Yeah, I think it's a great idea to have challenges like that," Finney said.

"It's based on participation and also on weight of the recycling. I would hope this would be incentive for them to start recycling and then also the people that do recycle to do it even more," East Grand Forks Public Works Director Jason Stordahl said.

The community that wins will get a 100-thousand dollar grant for a community sustainability project. Avid recyclers like Finney are hoping this contest will inspire people to help make East Grand Forks a cleaner and "greener" place to live.

"If you took all of your yard waste, all your recycling things out of your garbage, then landfills would last a lot longer," Finney said.

If you would like to participate in the recycling challenge you can sign up for a free waste management account at www.recyclebank.com/greenchoices

The challenge begins on July 2nd and a winner will be announced in January 2013.

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