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Published November 15 2010

Fargo adding drop sites to encourage businesses to recycle

The city of Fargo is trying to encourage more businesses to recycle by adding drop sites around the city, a city official said during a press conference today to celebrate America Recycles Day.

Sites will be added next year by the new water tower along 32nd Avenue South west of 42nd Street and at 52nd Avenue South near 45th Street, said Brady Brunsvold, the city’s recycling coordinator.

The drop site at 3201 Broadway also will relocate to the west side of the wastewater treatment plant in north Fargo.

Drop sites opened earlier this year near the Osgood fire station and at the Anderson lift station at 43rd Street and 28th Avenue South.

“What we plan to do by expanding these sites is to really encourage businesses to take advantage of these drop sites,” Brunsvold said, adding that includes apartments and multifamily dwellings.

The city’s residential recycling rate pushes 70 percent or more, he said, and he challenged businesses and apartments to strive for that goal.

Since implementing a free citywide curbside recycling program on Sept. 14, 2009, the city has been able to divert more than 3 million pounds of waste that otherwise would have ended up in the landfill, Brunsvold said.

Today’s press conference was held at Fargo’s Holiday Inn, which has instituted a green initiative.

For more on this story, read Tuesday’s Forum.