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SWAC looks at options for contaminated recycling sites

The McLeod County Board of Commissioners — sitting as the Solid Waste Advisory Committee — threw a lot of options on the table for dealing with contaminated waste at recycling collection sites in Glencoe and townships.
Among options are to increase the number of times a year the county does curbside pickup of appliances, e-waste and other non-traditional items, expanding hours at the household hazardous waste facility for a week in the spring and a week in the fall to assist, and providing individual containers to rural residents, the same as the county does for city residents.
Commissioner Doug Krueger said he is getting calls from people who “want countywide pickup, even if we have to go to charging for the service.”
The problem, of course, is the cost of having rural pickup. Sarah Johnson, solid waste director, said the cost would probably range from $5 to $8 per month per residence. The best way to get a firm cost, she said, is “to send out a request for proposals (RFP).
Just because the county asks for proposals doesn’t mean it has to implement a countywide collection system, Johnson said. The county decide whether or not to move forward once it receives costs.
Commissioner Joe Nagel said that he has received calls similar to those received by Krueger.
“I hear that people would have no problem paying, say, $10,” said Nagel. “I’m not hearing that fee getting bucked up.”
Krueger said that while calls right now are supportive of countywide recycling collection, that doesn’t mean everyone is supportive of the idea.
“I think there’s a silent majority out there (that doesn’t want to pay),” said Krueger. “Once a number gets out there, phones will start ringing more than they do now.”
Another possibility is offering collection of appliances, etc., more often. Currently, the county plans one curbside pickup day each year for each township and city.
“The problem is, a guy with a man cave or women with a basement wants stuff out of there right now,” said Krueger. “They don’t want to wait” for a collection day.
For more from the SWAC meeting, see the June 13 print edition of The Chronicle.