Hennepin County works to increase recycling

  • Article by: KEVIN DUCHSCHERE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 10, 2010 - 11:04 PM

County commissioners discussed standardizing a patchwork of local programs across the county.

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merkinJun. 10, 10 9:47 PM

...that a lot of people don't recycle as a matter of course. Put a garbage bin and recycle bin next to each other and people will still toss their pop cans into the trash. It just amazes me the number of people who don't stop, look, and think.

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aaronmdJun. 11, 10 6:52 AM

The city has nothing to help businesses recycle and the private services are insanely expensive. Businesses have a lot of paper & cardboard that could be recycled

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joethplumberJun. 11, 10 7:06 AM

more nanny state policies....

(re:aaronmd, Businesses have a lot of paper & cardboard that could be recycled)business recycle paper and cardboard all on there own, thats why grocers and others have cardboard balers, they get paid by the ton....

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langton4Jun. 11, 10 7:21 AM

For example, they require that materials to be recycled be placed in paper bags, yet grocery stories are encouraging people to use cloth bags. It's strange to have to ask for paper bags in order to recycle.

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langton4Jun. 11, 10 7:21 AM

You missed the "insanely expensive" part of aaronmd's post.

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tedsterJun. 11, 10 7:29 AM

"This is a huge mandate," said Jeff Johnson, who added that he wanted to know more about the potential cost to residents and businesses. Ohhh, so NOW Mr. Johnson is concerned about costs to residents. Sir, why weren't you concerned when you and Opat and the others voted to increase citizen's taxes to pay for a new stadium for a billionaire owner and his millionaire players without so much as a vote??? I submit your priorities for helping citizens are misaligned, sir.

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joethplumberJun. 11, 10 7:30 AM

no I did not, companys may have to pay for document shredding but not for recycling paper and cardboard. If you want a private comapny to shred your doocuments of course you pay for it. Do some research, it cost way more and uses way more fossil fuels to recycle and contary to what you have been brainwashed by our landfills are not running out of space. when technology improves so will recycling. Its not the Govts job to look in our garbage cans....

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joethplumberJun. 11, 10 9:32 AM

and you will see a two dumpsters, one for cardboard only.....

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TibuluJun. 11, 10 3:33 PM

My wife and I recycle everything the city will take, and we consistently have 2-3 times the volume of recyclable material vs garbage. We ended up reducing our garbage volume so much that we only have about 1 bag of garbage each week.

The only problem for us is the fact that Minneapolis requires sorted recycling, unlike single-sort like most of the suburbs have. In our case, we could use a 40 gallon recycling bin for every 2 weeks between collection.

Complain about "big government" all you want, but the fact is recycling significantly reduces the amount of garbage that has to go into the landfill. And even though most recyclables are not profitable to process, it is still cheaper than buying land for new landfill space and trucking garbage longer distances when new landfills have to be built out in the sticks to be far enough away from residential areas.

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tiredbikerJun. 13, 10 1:42 PM

over-charge individuals and businesses for this crap.

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