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County to lease space during recycling retrofit

The McLeod County Board of Commissioners is considering leasing space to process some of its recyclable materials during its Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) expansion project.
The County Board met in a workshop session Wednesday, Oct. 1, at the Solid Waste building in Hutchinson to consider the pros and cons of leasing space to sort and bale recyclables while the retrofit of the current facility to accommodate a conversion to single-sort recycling from five-sort is under way.
Solid Waste Director Ed Homan said that after viewing several sites, the department found a suitable area in the American Energy Systems, Inc., building just a couple of blocks away on Michigan Street in the city of Hutchinson’s industrial park.
In a visit to the building, Mike Haefner, president of the company, said that about 13,500 square feet is available for the solid waste department to use.
America Energy Systems, Inc., builds and sells alternative fuel stoves — such as wood pellets and corn — for use in residential heating.
Haefner said the company used to do all of its manufacturing on-site, but now the parts are manufactured elsewhere and the units are assembled in Hutchinson.
The County Board is considering renting the space from October to April and leasing a baler for the same period to bale sorted materials.

For more, see the Oct. 8 print edition of The Chronicle.