Nisswa: City's recycling site may move from downtown area to Lower Roy Lake Road gravel pit

Room is needed for more recycling bins, especially after other Crow Wing County recycling sites closed and Nisswa's recycling site has become even more popular

Nisswa's recycling site is currently located behind the fire hall. Nancy Vogt / Echo Journal (May 2021)

Nisswa’s recycling site may move from behind the fire hall downtown to the city’s gravel pit off Lower Roy Lake Road, near the wastewater treatment plant.

The Nisswa City Council on Tuesday, May 18, agreed to pay Widseth engineering firm $4,500 to prepare a concept drawing of the layout of the potential new recycling site.

The Public Works Committee had recommended 4-1 that the council take this action.

The purpose of a concept drawing is so the various committees can discuss the pros and cons of the concept and suggest changes before any extensive engineering is completed.

Included in the proposed recycling center will be a police impound lot with lighting, security and fencing with a controlled entrance.


Though the city has had issues at its drop-off recycling facility over the years, the council wanted to keep offering recycling services to its residents when Crow Wing County dropped to just two recycling sites - in Ideal Township and at the county landfill east of Brainerd.

Tom Blomer, public works director, said via email a main reason to move the site is because the city needs more room for recycling bins.

“With the closing of other sites in and around us, our site has grown in popularity and needs more volume. Second, at the current site we are unable to close the site when necessary because the emergency vehicles from the fire hall need unobstructed access to the parking lot,” Blomer wrote.

The new site would be fenced in and would likely have restricted access to prevent abuse and possibly allow the city to charge for the service to help cover the cost to operate the site, if necessary.

The new site is closer to the city’s maintenance buildings and equipment and allows more security and efficiency maintaining the site.

Finally, the site would be a little more screened from view and would improve the aesthetics around the city park and fire hall.

“With the access that Lower Roy Lake Road provides, it will be nearly as convenient for residents, maybe more so, because we already accept brush and leaf debris at the gravel pit that will be the new site,” Blomer said.

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Nancy Vogt is editor of the Pineandlakes Echo Journal, a weekly newspaper that covers eight communities in the Pequot Lakes-Pine River areas - from Nisswa to Hackensack and Pequot Lakes to Crosslake.

She started as editor of the Lake Country Echo in July 2006, and continued in that role when the Lake Country Echo and the Pine River Journal combined in September 2013 to become the Pineandlakes Echo Journal. She worked for the Brainerd Dispatch from 1992-2006 in various roles.

She covers Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Lake Shore and Crosslake city councils, as well as writes feature stories, news stories and personal columns (Vogt's Notes). She also takes photos at community events.

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