Crow Wing County 2020 recycling totals exceed state standards

Crow Wing County's recent recycling report shows recycling increased last year in the county.

The Crow Wing County Land Services Building on Tuesday, March 23, 2021. Chelsey Perkins / Brainerd Dispatch

The Crow Wing County Land Services Department has released the 2020 recycling report showing total recycling tonnage in the county increased by over 55% from 2019 to 2020.

Overall, just over 67,000 tons of material has been recycled through the county recycling program last year.

“This study shows we are exceeding state standards, increasing recycling and decreasing the tonnage of material being placed in our landfill,” Ryan Simonson, an environmental services supervisor, stated in a news release.

The county reduced costs by 28% from 2019 to 2020, and it is projecting an additional cost reduction of 49% from 2020 to 2021.

The county funds two main recycling drop-off sites and also offers a 50% cost-sharing program for cities and townships that wish to partner on additional sites. The city of Nisswa has chosen to participate in this program, increasing the number of drop-off sites in the county to three.


Customers are reminded to sort their recyclable materials into the following four separate categories for disposal into separate containers at the drop-off sites: cardboard, paper, glass and plastic/tin/aluminum.

The complete 2020 recycling report can be viewed at , search for “Recycling Report.” The full report presents data and contains additional discussion on the county’s state-of-the-art landfill and integrated solid waste management system.

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