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Dave Olson, Published May 18 2010

Moorhead looks at boosting recycling efforts

Moorhead City Council members said Monday they would like to see steps taken to make it easier for people to recycle.

In general, the city does not collect recyclables from apartment complexes.

Councilwoman Nancy Otto suggested during a meeting of the council’s committee of the whole that notes be posted above mailboxes in apartment buildings to let residents know where they can drop off items.

Also, she said, the city should post highly visible signs at drop-off points, such as the magazine collection bins at what is known as “the old bread store” in the area of Fourth Avenue and 19th Street South.

Council members also said the city should look into collecting used magazines as part of curbside pickup.

Chad Martin, the city’s operations director, presented the board with numbers that showed:

  • The city received about $416,000 in revenues in 2009 connected to recycling, including about $249,000 in service charges and $19,000 from the sale of recyclables.

  • Also, the city saved about $132,000 in landfill charges that were avoided because of the recycling program.

  • Recycling efforts cost the city $204,800 in 2009, not counting Moorhead’s composting program, which cost the city $213,800.

    On balance, Martin said, the city’s conservation effort “is paying its way.”

    Readers can reach Forum reporter Dave Olson at (701) 241-5555