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Recycling increases 47 percent in Crow Wing County

The Crow Wing County land services department has released a 2014 recycling report showing total recycling in the county increased by 47 percent from 2013 to 2014.

The Crow Wing County land services department has released a 2014 recycling report showing total recycling in the county increased by 47 percent from 2013 to 2014.

Overall, nearly 47,000 tons of material was recycled through the county recycling program last year. This amount of recycled material exceeds the state mandated goal by 18 percent.

"This study shows we are exceeding state standards, increasing recycling, and decreasing the tonnage of material being placed in our landfill," stated Mark Liedl, land services director, in a news release.

In 2014, commercial recycling represented 85 percent of all county recycling at 41,600 tons and increased by 55 percent from 2013. Residential recycling represented 15 percent of total recycling at 5,320 tons and increased 8.3 percent from 2013. Proactive efforts by the county, local businesses and local waste haulers to effectively capture recyclable materials out of the waste stream greatly contributed to the increased recycling totals for 2014, the county stated.

The complete 2014 recycling report can be viewed on the county website at crowwing.us/DocumentCenter/View/9151. The full report presents data and contains additional discussion on the county's state-of-the art landfill and integrated solid waste management system, which provides a safe, reliable and essential disposal option for residents and businesses.

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Residents are encouraged to contact the environmental services - solid waste office at 218-824-1125 to discuss solid waste issues or visit the county website at www.crowwing.us for more information.

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