Coon Rapids approves county recycling agreement

by Peter Bodley
Managing Editor

The Coon Rapids City Council has approved an agreement with Anoka County for continued funding of the city’s residential solid waste recycling program.

The dollars come from the state via the county through the Governor’s Select Committee on Recycling and the Environment (SCORE) legislation.

Each year the county sets recycling goals for each municipality receiving the SCORE dollars as well as the formula for distribution of the money.

According to Colleen Sinclair, city recycling coordinator, the 2012 recycling goal for Coon Rapids set by the county is 5,533 tons.

And the city will receive $127,660 for 2012 in two installments to pay for the recycling programs.

In allocating funding, the county uses a formula of a base amount of $10,000 for each municipality plus $5 per household for recycling activities only.

Under the agreement approved with the county, the city’s recycling program includes the following components:

• Each household, including multi-unit households, will have the opportunity to recycle at least four broad sorts of materials, such as paper, glass, plastic, metal and textiles.

• The recycling program will be operated in compliance with all applicable federal, state and local laws, ordinances, rules and regulations.

• The city will implement a public information program that includes, at minimum, one mailed promotion focused just on the recycling program, one promotion advertising recycling opportunities available for residents as part of the city newsletter or local newspaper and two community presentations on recycling.

• On an ongoing basis, the city will identify new residents and provide detailed information on the recycling programs available to new residents.

“Our focus is on residential recycling and our programs are set up to help residents in every aspect of recycling and waste reduction,” the city’s website states.

The Coon Rapids Recycling Center, which is located at 1831 111th Ave N.W., is a drop off center for the residents of Coon Rapids and Anoka County only.

“Our goal is to provide residents with as many recycling resources as possible for alternatives to trash,” the website states.

“Throughout the year we hold many special drop-off opportunities such as paper shredding, tires, furniture, mattresses, carpet, appliances and electronics and more.”

“For the homeowner we provide information with the latest recycling updates via newsletters, cable television shows, our website and mailings with the latest recycling updates and provide useful tips on energy savings, waste reduction and more.”

Peter Bodley is at peter.bodley@ecm-inc.com

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