The foil plastic recycling program has resumed in Wadena, Otter Tail, and Todd counties

The program offers farmers the opportunity to have a dumpster for silage plastic and bale wraps on their property. According to a press release from Otter Tail County, the counties had the 2016 program with Revolution Plastics, which ended in 2017. The program has continued since 2017 with a shortage of staff and equipment.

With a $ 232,000 grant from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Otter Tail County bought a front-loading garbage truck and the counties are now agreeing to the collection program working. Wadena County officers approved the grant agreement on April 6, and Otter Tail and Todd Counties approved the agreement in March.

Farmers in the program previously have the original dumpsters, and additional dumpsters can be purchased for farmers who are interested. The recycled materials are collected monthly or bi-monthly. Materials are brought to balers in the Sauk Center or Detroit Lakes, whichever is closer.

A part-time truck driver is being hired for the position at an annual cost of around $ 20-25,000, according to Assistant Director of Solid Waste, Zach Fjestad. The costs are shared between the counties.

The counties also pay for the baler cost of $ 50 per ton. You will likely be billed annually by Otter Tail County. The final cost will depend on how many tons will be produced.

With the program, which is slated to run through June 2023 with the grant, counties will also figure out which system is best for them, e.g. B. how often the materials have to be picked up.

Additional dumpsters could also be added to the districts handover stations if people are interested in getting the materials there themselves. Otter Tail County will have the recycling dumpsters available at their transfer stations.

The accepted materials are:

The farmers or landowners are responsible for removing string, nets, dirt and manure from the materials, as Fjestad said.

The recycled material is used to make garbage bags, which are made from post-consumer content, as stated in the press release.

To join the program, you can contact Otter Tail’s Solid Waste Bureau at 218-998-8950.

Solid Waste Financing Agreement

A savings update to the Prairie Lakes Municipal Solid Waste Authority funding agreement has also been approved. The agency will refinance bonds from the 2013-14 Perham Resource Recovery Facility expansion project. Wadena County owns 10% of the property.

The lower interest rates now available will save the agency approximately $ 1.6 million. Fjestad said the rates were 3.5% in 2013 and are now 1.7%. The bonds totaled $ 15 million.

The agency will be able to switch to these rates in about a year and a half when the bond payments can be repaid for the first time. Commissioner Jon Kangas expressed concern about high levels of debt during this period. The agency is making the change now before rates can go up.

The new interest rates will cut annual bond payments as well as operating costs by approximately $ 160,000 per year, Fjestad said. The refinancing does not affect the term of the bond payments, which run until 2033.

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